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CHATLINE A.L.V Kumar talks to Zeenab Aneez about why constant maintenance of the body and mind is of utmost importance

What do nuclear physics and yoga have in common? The first is obvious; they are both rooted in science. The second is traditional yoga practitioner and teacher, A.L.V. Kumar. This nuclear scientist dedicates his time to spreading the tradition of yoga, even as he fills rather important shoes at the Nuclear Fuel Complex, Secunderabad. We ask him what made him take up yoga, fully expecting to hear yet another life-changing anecdote. But he simply replies, “I was a short and chubby child so I would get bullied by my cousins and friends. All I wanted was to grow taller and yoga seemed like a good option.”

An early morning at Sanjeevaiah Park, seems a perfect setting to meet A.L.V. Kumar. We learn that what began as a way to get around jibes in the playground has grown to something bigger than the man himself. Kumar learnt yoga while he was in Keshav Memorial School, Hyderabad and has been practising yoga for the past 35 years and has been holding workshops in India and abroad to spread his extensive knowledge on the practise.

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