On this World Yoga Day, as I look back I remember how I started my yoga journey around seven years ago. At the time, I was working for a corporate company and had a desk job. I longed to lead a healthier and fitter life, not just at a physical level but mentally, spiritually. That is what drew me to yoga.

From then on yoga became an interest, and that interest developed into a passion. I became so enamoured by it that I quit my job to do it full time. It has changed my entire perception of the world. It has helped me understand myself, and others and taught me to become more accepting of life. While I once believed “Whatever happens, happens for good reason”, I now understand the underlying karmic philosophy behind it.

I try to convey what I’ve learnt to all the practitioners of yoga who are training with me. I’m always happy when I see them evolve and become more aware of life and their surroundings. I felt real joy in helping one particular soul who wanted to sit in a meditative posture for over three hours. He had approached many teachers and failed to achieve his goal at the physical level before he came to HealthifyMe. I guided him with a lot of back strengthening and hip opening postures that can help a person sit still for long, and my guidance coupled with his patience and determination helped him achieve the task after three months of constant effort.

These are the experiences that make my work rewarding. But for me, and others, the bliss that comes with a true experience of yoga is the ultimate prize.

Do you want to get inspired by yoga? If you’re in Bangalore, come to Freedom Park on Sunday, June 21 and participate in a Group Yoga session by HealthifyMe yoga expert Pragya Bhatt followed by breakfast from Brekkie.

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Written by Indira Chavva

Indira Chavva

A yoga teacher with RYT-certification (200 & 300 hours) from Yoga Alliance, Indira Chavva believes there are benefits beyond physical fitness to be gained from the age-old practice, like mental well-being and self-realization. These revelations proved life-changing for her – quitting her corporate career, which included stints in HSBC and Franklin Templeton Investments, Indira is now a full-time yoga teacher and Pilates instructor, schooled in Hatha Yoga, Power Yoga, Hot Yoga, Iyengar Yoga (asana with props), Pre and Post-natal Yoga, Therapeutic Yoga and Shatkarmas (Body-cleansing practices). Her ambition is to have no ambition, she says, in accordance with karmic philosophy that working without attachment, one attains the Supreme. She feels blessed to be able to share these revelations with HealthifyMe users, and help them cope with strong emotions like anger, stress, desires, etc. Indira believes being mentally strong and positive can solve all physical ailments. All you have to do is gain control over three things – the body, breath and mind. Her mantra is “Invest at least an hour daily on yourself” and she guarantees you’ll learn to enjoy whatever hand life deals you.

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