Park Place Pastoral Centre, Hampshire PO17 5HASet in 18 acres of beautiful and peaceful grounds, Park Place is a fine old Georgian house close to the Hampshire village of Wickham. See more events in this venue
“The single goal of everything we do in our day to day life is just to stay happy. So to reach that goal of happiness, there is a path, there is a science. This is the science of yoga. Yoga enables you to realise the destiny. “- Kumar
The course offers full-time guidance from Dr ALV Kumar who teaches a clear, systematic method to explore the mind, drawing on 40 years of deep practical and theoretical exploration. Bringing together the ancient teachings of Patanjali & Buddha, the technique cultivates tranquility, awareness and discernment. This enables one to investigate the relationship between the conscious mind, unconscious mind and the body, leading to profound insight and peace. The course includes gentle yoga postures and breathing techniques.
The meditation is practiced in a group and guided by Dr. Kumar. Each meditation lasts around one hour and is followed by half an hour of relaxation and a herbal tea break before the next session begins. We begin early in the morning and practice our first meditation as the sun is rising. Chairs and meditation cushions are available.
After lunch there is a period for rest before the afternoon meditations begin. Before breakfast we have a gentle hatha yoga session to stretch and prepare the body for meditation. Before supper we practice a hatha yoga pranayama relaxation technique. After the evening meal Dr. Kumar gives a discourse clarifying the theory behind the meditation techniques, discussing the path and illustrating with stories, anecdotes and analogies, how we can apply these teachings to daily life.
For the duration of the course all students maintain ‘noble silence’. The aim of this is to allow focus and awareness to stay within, rather than in the outside world. The silence allows us to sink into a deeply peaceful state of mind and most people find that being in silence comes vary naturally once the meditation begins.
Booking will close on June 2nd. We suggest booking early as there is high demand for this course and places are agreed on a first come basis. Please contact us if you are interested in attending the course and we will send you the booking details. When you book please let us know which room option you would prefer. Bookings are confirmed with an advanced payment of the residency fee.
Park Place Pastoral Centre, Winchester Road, Waltham Chase, Fareham, Hampshire PO17 5HA
Set in 18 acres of beautiful and peaceful grounds, Park Place is a fine old Georgian house close to the Hampshire village of Wickham.
Please aim to arrive before 10am on Monday 3rd August. We recommend that if possible you arrive on the evening of Sunday 2nd August in order to settle in. The course will end on the evening of Thursday 13th. We also suggest that you plan to stay an extra night on Thursday 13th and leave on Friday morning but this is optional. Please plan to have as restful a weekend as possible before and after the course. Please contact us for details if you would like to book the extra nights.
Suitable for complete beginners as well as experienced meditators and/ or Hatha Yoga practitioners.
- Standard Shared Twin Room, shared bathroom: £540
- Standard Single room, shared bathroom: £590
- Single En-Suite: £670
- Shared En Suite: £610 per person
This is charged at cost. It includes three high-quality vegetarian meals per day and ayurvedic herbal tea and refreshments.
Suggested Miminum Donation in Recognition of the Teaching: £510
All Traditional Yoga courses are taught and run as an act of ‘seva‘, voluntary service and ‘dana‘, generosity. Your donation enables us to continue to run courses on this basis and to continue our charitable work in India. The course is guided full-time by Dr. Kumar for around 16 hours per day for the duration of the 10 days.
We have a limited number of bursary places available for those on a low income/unemployed/ students available on application. Please contact us if you wish to apply. The deadline for applications is at 11pm on Friday 1st May. Applicants will be shortlisted and invited for an interview on Sat 9th May. Applicants will then be informed of the bursary committee’s decision by Friday 15th May.
A silent meditation retreat, offering full time guidance to develop deep tranquility and insight, uniting teachings from Yoga and Buddhist traditions.
Dr ALV Kumar
His teaching is informed by his deep understanding of yoga traditions and focuses on practice. His in-depth theoretical studies of Hatha Yoga have explored the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Hatha Ratnavali, Gheranda Sanhita, Siva Sanhita, Hathayoga Rahasyam, Kurantaka Yoga, Kapala Kurantaka Yoga, and Yoga Rahasya.. He is a trainer of yoga teacher trainers and yoga teachers.
He has studied meditation in Hindu, Yoga, Mahayana and Theravada Buddhist schools including monastic traditions in Thailand, Burma and Sri Lanka. He reads Sanskrit and Pali and has sourced and translated rare texts, exploring in particular the relationship between Yoga, Buddhism and Vedanta. He has been guiding meditation retreats in the UK and India since 2008, and has trained Traditional Yoga meditation teachers to run non-residential courses. Dr. ALV Kumar is a Yoga Alliance certified instructor and offers RYT-200 and RYT-500 certification teacher training courses in Hyderabad, India.
Dr Kumar has taught over 30,000 people in India as a public service, focusing on free public health and yoga awareness workshops that address the growing levels of lifestyle related
diseases in India. For his voluntary contribution he has received a number of national awards.
Kumar’s personal experience of the therapeutic benefits of yoga inspired him to teach. In 1992 he was involved in a road accident, suffering multiple fractures in the lower spine, hip and pelvic bones. He also lost control over his lower torso and his urethra was ruptured. He was told that he would not be able to have children and might not walk again. He was bed ridden for two years and doctors had little hope for his recovery. Finally, he used his deep knowledge of yoga to design a systematic programme of treatment for himself with asana and pranayama practice. Meditation gave him the mental strength and positivity to endure the tortuous ordeal of recovery. By the following year, he was mobile and in two years he could run. He resumed practising around 300 asanas and had his first daughter in 1994. In gratitude for the benefit he has received he has dedicated his life to teaching yoga and meditation.
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