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The benefits of regular yoga practice.

Namrata Tiwari

Posted on Feb 1, 2020 fitness

My journey in yoga started in the year 2002. I went for a short yoga course with my sister to Vivekananda institute in Hyderabad and continued practicing by myself at home after completing the course. I enjoyed practicing asanas and pranayama, and yoga was also keeping me energized all through the day. However, I eventually got busy with my work and family commitments, which lead to a break of 3 years from practicing yoga.

In 2006, I put on weight pre and post-pregnancy and had also developed quite a few complications during that period. It turned out that I was allergic to certain foods, so my doctor had asked me to avoid eating them. To get back in shape, I decided to join the gym and I started working out 5-6 times a week. I did start losing weight but was constantly in physical pain and was always low on energy. A close friend of mine suggested I restart practicing yoga, and this was a life-changer.

I practiced yoga for 5 years, after which my life seemed more relaxed. I was calmer, I was more energetic through the day, I could do a lot more things at ease and was more patient. This change made me want to explore and expand my learnings in yoga. With my teacher's encouragement, I did the teacher training course (TTC) from Bodhi Yogishala and started teaching immediately after my training. I also took teaching courses for prenatal yoga, restorative yoga, pranayama, and meditation. I am continuing my journey in yoga, with the Patanjali Yoga Sutra philosophy and Vedic Chanting.

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We all have our ups and downs, in our everyday lives and our life in general. We all tend to hold on to emotions - happiness, sadness, anger, stress... Yoga has taught me to learn how and when to let go, and be a happy, positive and peaceful person.

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