In my short life (don’t know if I should call it short or long), I have learnt many lessons just as each one of us does. When we are born we do things as our parents teach us. Then school takes over. We follow the advice of our teachers. Study, read, play. Brick by brick we build our lives and become what we are. Then adolescence and education followed by college and then the never stopping grind of jobs. Life goes on!
I was brought up much the same way just like anyone else. But my foundation was very very strong. I can say that today cause I follow the same values that I was taught growing up. They have not only shaped me to be the person I am but have helped me overcome problems all my life. One of them is YOGA!
We used to live in Lokhandwala Complex Andheri and I was introduced to yoga very early as some classes were started in the garden and many people started visiting the garden early morning for these yoga sessions. I was 16 then and I just loved to practice yoga. In school also we had some sessions about the benefit of yoga. As I started going to college I joined a proper class at Four Bungalows where the lady teacher was very helpful and I learned proper way of doing yoga. Every asana practiced in time and with concentration on breathing.
As life progressed so did my health problems and yoga was a constant companion. I did stop doing it for many years as life took over and work did not give me the space to practice yoga. So often I lacked the commitment it required and waking up early would be achievable. And then I would join a class somewhere and again start practicing the asanas, pranayam and netis.
In 2008 when I worked for Shilpa Shetty who is today a yoga icon for the world, she again highlighted the many good points about food and diet and exercise. She has her famous DVD on yoga and today also has her wellness channel on Youtube under her name ShilpaShettyKundra.
In 2015 when we shifted to Lonavla, I would go to Kaivalyadham for yoga every evening from 5 to 6 and very often continue with the pranayama class after which was also for one hour. The rejuvenation and calm that I felt then is something which cannot be described in words. Would feel like I was in a serene retreat away from all the problems of life and felt completely relaxed. At Kaivalyadhama they follow scientifically proven research based Patanjali Yoga and there a few of my myths were busted.
Since then I haven’t stopped and I am a firm believer of yoga. Life has thrown stones again and I think I am alive and thriving today due to yoga. It is revelatory for self-connection. Yoga wakes you up and asks you to breathe. Yoga cultivates strength, suppleness, and fluidity. Yoga asks you to commit to your deepest and most passionate self and cultivate a deep inquiry into your life and your place in this world. Yoga is a tool for helping you to become more fully yourself. And – when done mindfully and with kick ass alignment – yoga heals. So yes, do your freakin’ yoga.