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Greetings (Namaste/Julley) Everyone

Namaste Everyone,

Congratulations on making the courageous decision to join us for a life-changing journey to India. You can expect to be inspired, challenged, intrigued, confused, delighted, and much more. You will hear different languages, observe different religions, and meet people with different values and belief systems. This is a tremendous opportunity to open yourself to a new and unfamiliar tradition! As we travel through India, it’s good to keep an open mind and heart. Ask questions, release expectations, and know that this will be a transformative experience for all of us—including Dragons instructors!

My name is Hemant and I will be joining you guys on your upcoming exciting and breathtaking journey to Himalayan region & north India.

I was born and grew up on the sacred bank of the River Ganges (Ganga-ji) in Varanasi and still remember going with my parents for a holy dip every morning. I developed a keen interest in Yoga at a very early age when I was 8 years old. I was introduced to yoga as a lifestyle and through initial training by my parents and also studied yoga from many Gurus (teachers) & traditions. At the age of 14, I moved to an orphanage called Bal Ashram (home for kids) where I met my spiritual teacher Baba Harihar ram ji. There I was initiated, learned and served at that orphanage for 5 years. In the meantime while I finished my high school and senior secondary (10+2) and moved to Bangalore, the southern part of India to take full time graduate and post-graduate courses in yoga. Having done my Bachelor’s and Master’s I moved back to Varanasi where I came in contact with Dragons and have been working with Dragons since 2011.

I am thrilled to have Laura ji and Saurabh ji on this sacred trail and very excited to meet you all in person soon. Please feel free to reach out, if you have any questions and concerns.

Email: [email protected]

Phone: +91 8400 163 193

Peace and Love

Hemant Kumar