Dr. Sandhya Thumsi Kumar has a versatile and unique professional profile of being a MBBS Doctor (India), MSc Anatomy (Singapore) and MSc Counselling (Australia). After a fruitful family and professional life for the past 20 years in Singapore, she returned to India in 2014 seeking a holistic experience of life that includes the rich spiritual heritage of India that is Bharat. She believes this is the critical game changing factor if one wants to achieve goals of empowering people and communities to overcome physical mental and emotional barriers for holistic success and progress in life.
She comes with a rich multidisciplinary background as a doctor, educator and health counsellor. A certified facilitator in Problem Based Learning (PBL) methodology she taught medical subjects for 9 years in Republic Polytechnic, Singapore. Her keen interest in health psychology and impact of emotions on health was useful in her role as Infertility counsellor in a Life, Singapore. On her return to India, she worked in Learning and development at Narayana Hrudayalaya and taught at Narayana Hrudayalaya Foundation colleges of nursing and allied health. She also worked at Academy for Creative education for various professional training programs. She has also been a mentor for students and teacher trainees at CIDTL program in Indus International School. She also conducted training workshops in creating inclusive education awareness and mental health awareness on SLD-Dyslexia in partnership with Reissure Trust Bangalore.
She is a qualified Continuing Education (CE) trainer and trained adult learners for various certification courses in upgrading professional skill sets in technical subjects in Singapore. In India she has been certified as Assessor of the Modular Employability scheme under the DGT scheme for Vocational training under the Union HRD ministry in India. Being multilingual and proficient in English, Kannada, Telugu, Tamil and Hindi and Sanskrit allows her to reach across to people beyond language barriers.
Dr. Sandhya believes in lifelong learning with a “Growth” mindset and self-development and people development as a life goal. She strongly believes in translating learnt knowledge into real life application in health and in employable education. This allows our youth to be better placed to utilize opportunities in the national and global world stage – Yoga education is an ideal platform for the same. She resonates to the power of Education for holistic wellbeing for all that S-VYASA mission of “BE and Make” stands for. Coming to the family of Prashanti Kutiram and S-VYASA is like coming back home for Dr. Sandhya. She believes working at S-VYASA is God’s grace and is a privileged opportunity for doing Sadhana and Yoga in all its dimensions.