It’s been over a year since the world started grappling with a global pandemic. When it first set it, it brought a flurry of emotions to me personally. It started with a sense of fear of the unknown with constant stress and anxiety. It gradually turned into feelings of resentment, blame and frustration. Months of being holed up without any social connect pushed me into a negative spiral and I could see my life falling apart.
It was at this point that I decided to pick up the pieces and start building my life all over again. I turned to yoga, which has literally redefined who I am and what I stand for. I joined a yoga teacher training programme being offered by a reputed academy, and it had a profound impact on my life. To begin with, regular practice of meditation, ‘Yog Nidra’, and relaxation techniques helped me to calm down my restless mind by leading to better mental wellness. Secondly, it turned out to be a great way to improve physical endurance. ‘Asanas’ helped to strengthen my body and improved flexibility for physical wellness. Next, following the principles of ‘Yama’ and ‘Niyama’, worked wonders in improving my interpersonal relationships with others and, thereby, enhanced my social wellness. And lastly, yoga helped my soul. It ultimately allowed me to connect with my inner-self and guided me to find a true purpose and meaning in life – taking me on the liberating path of spiritual wellness.
Following the programme, I finally got my international yoga teacher certification that gave me confidence to launch my own online virtual yoga studio with a mission is to radiate the knowledge of yoga for a holistic 360 degrees wellness. I created my website and started building my online credibility by posting yoga-related messages and videos on social media. Fortunately, I got students enrolling for my classes right from the first month.
It makes my day when a student calls me and tells how yoga is helping him/her overcome a long troubling health issue. That is when I feel that I am able to make a positive difference, however small it may be, in others’ lives by teaching yoga and leading them on their path towards health and happiness.
(The writer is a director with an MNC)