“Yoga means getting on well with everything in life: getting on well with the food we eat, the air we breathe, the environment we live in, the people we live with and the work we do.”
The aim of Traditional Yoga is to restore an understanding of the relationship of the different limbs of yoga and to present this knowledge in its original, whole and undiluted practical form for the benefit of all practioners and teachers in the West and in India. Hatha Yoga for the body and Raja Yoga for the mind. The UK branch was established in 2007 to make available to a wider public, the guidance of A.L.V.Kumar, recognized as an inspirational leader and accomplished yoga master.
Traditional Yoga is run by volunteers and is a not for profit organization. In India we fund free outdoor yoga and health awareness workshops. These address the growing levels of diabetes, hypertension, obesity and cancer in India and the increasing dependency on pharmaceuticals. Participants are taught how yoga can be used to prevent and treat many of these disorders through hatha yoga and meditation practice, supported by a healthy diet and traditional therapies. We also train local yoga teachers to a high level of proficiency in order to encourage the spread of yoga.
We run two silent meditation and yoga retreats per year, a 15 day winter course at a peaceful resort in the forest of Karnataka, S. India and a 10 day course in Sussex in the UK over the summer, both taught by Kumar. Across the UK, we also offer workshops, short courses, meditation evening classes, yoga classes and meditation teacher training courses. Kumar is a Yoga Alliance certified instructor and offers RYT-200 and RYT-500 certification teacher training courses in India where he also teaches large scale free public yoga and health awareness workshops.
Please visit the Courses and Events page for more information.
Traditional Yoga has revived many pranayamas, bandanas and mudras which are not commonly practiced in the West or in Southern yoga schools in India. We emphasise the importance of asana sequence, based on the energy flow system from gross to subtle energy centres in the body so that one can make swift progress in Hatha Yoga.
Meditation is central to Traditional Yoga and is based on progressive practice that begins with calming down the mind, through the practice of samadhi and culminates in the complete purification of the mind through the development of pragnya. The practice and theory is based on the eight step methodology of the Yoga Darshana tradition as taught by Patanjali, fundamentally connected to the teachings of Buddha. Kumar emphasises the scientific and secular nature of yoga, not to be confused with religion.
We offer health and dietary advice, preventative and therapeutic techniques for a range of common problems. The workshops introduce yoga kaya chikitsa, an ancient healing practice that has been lost for hundreds of years, that shares common roots with acupuncture and acupressure. Kumar is one of only three people in the world today with this knowledge, a practice traditionally used to treat people who cannot practice yoga for themselves due to ill health. His intention is to share his knowledge and spread awareness of these powerful healing practices by training teachers and practitioners to use them for the benefit of themselves and others.
“Yoga is many limbed, and is not to be confused with any form of religion. The true understanding of how Yoga practices are related within a traditional progression is not found in the world today. There is confusion and the practice of individuals suffers as a result. My aim is to restore the understanding of the relationship of different branches of traditional yoga so as to enable each person to make swift and effective progress.”
Kumar has been a lifelong practitioner of yoga and meditation. His interest in teaching came about as a result of a car crash that resulted in complete paralysis of the lower body. He used his knowledge of yoga to completely heal himself. Following this experience he decided to dedicate as much time as possible to teaching yoga to heal both body and mind. Kumar was recently honored with the Bharat Jyoti Award and the Glory of India Award for his meritorious public service in the field of yoga.
Please see About Kumar for more details.