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Finding my cup of tea in yoga

Rachana

Posted on May 8, 2019 #yoga

Rachanaa

As a kid, I suffered constantly from wheezing and asthma. When I was 12 years old, I was asked to run at the playground. When I gave up and informed my teachers about my health problems, I was then introduced to yoga.

I didn’t practice yoga seriously until I was 19 - thanks to the Yoga Intercollege Competition during my engineering studies. I started practicing Iyengar yoga under Arun Sir in Prasanth Yoga Ashram. It was only then I realized the profound effects of yoga on my body and mind. I lost weight naturally and my skin started glowing. Moreover, I was feeling happy and cheerful for no apparent reason.

Soon after getting an IT job, I realized that software engineering was not my cup of tea! I began a quest for a job which was more soul satisfying. I tried acting and even acted in various movies and in theater. Although I really loved every bit of it, I didn’t warm up to the industry or its atmosphere.

This stress of my personal problems and the financial crisis moved me to explore Vipassana meditation. After only 3 courses, it helped me profoundly to increase my self-awareness.

Later, I was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Disease (PCOD). I realized how a healthy body is vital for dwelling deeper into meditation. I took my practice seriously again and started teaching yoga full-time. My stamina has increased profoundly and my PCOD vanished.

Teaching yoga makes me feel more centered, balanced and gives me a sense of peace and contentment. While my students thoroughly enjoy my class, it gives me a sense of joy to be fully present and focused in my class. I give my best to each and every one.

I specialize in Hatha, Ashtanga vinyasa and Yin yoga. I have done 200-hour registered yoga teacher (RYT) trainings twice - once with Regeesh at Aayana Yoga Academy and another with Bharath Shetty at Indea Yoga, both in Bangalore. I have completed my advanced training for 300-hour and an additional 50 hours in Yin yoga at Aayana Yoga Academy under Regeesh and Mrinali.

Teaching for the past four years, I am grateful that my life journey has led me to this Yoga path.

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