All of us are constantly evolving to be our higher selves. Juggling responsibilities while working on self-development and growth can be overwhelming. This makes it even more crucial for us to look after our physical, mental, and emotional well-being. What better way to do this than to practice the art of age-old Vedic science? On this Yoga Day, we'd love to share with you a list of our favorite yoga practitioners. Practitioners who will help you lead a healthy and meaningful life! A daily morning routine of 30 minutes would be sufficient for you to reconnect with your body, mind, and soul; leaving you energized to kickstart your day.
#1 Divya Kumar (@divyak_yoga)
Recipient of the “health and fitness blogger of the year 2021” award, Divya Kumar is a fervent yogi who perceives this spiritual discipline to be much more than a series of asanas. To her, yoga is the expression of emotions through the body. It is a practice of being self-aware and appreciative of your body. Her charismatic personality, ability to connect deeply with herself and fondness for yoga has inspired thousands of students on their journey of self-healing.
Modern life patterns affect our health in different ways, viz., physically, psychologically, and socially. There is a need for increasing people’s awareness about the effects of modern life to control the effects of its patterns of life. Promoting a healthy lifestyle includes proper eating, physical activity, and a better way of communicating and socializing in the community. All of these have positive impacts, which we can easily get by practicing yoga. All I can think of is this quote: “Yoga happens beyond the mat; Anything you do with attention to how you feel is doing yoga.”Divya
Greesha is a devoted Ashtanga practitioner. She believes that yoga can change a person’s life and make it simpler when implemented in the right way. In her case, yoga has helped her to become more patient, live more mindfully, control her stress levels, learn how to respond to situations instead of reacting to them, and be thankful for the little things in life, even if they are the struggles she has faced.
“We are here for a bigger cause and the divine has chosen all of us." Be thoughtful of your actions and have the intention of genuinely helping people through these practices. And the divine will take care of you. Always research what you teach to your students. Explain to them why they should do this. Inculcate the importance of these practices in the right way. Even the content you create for social media ensures that it is intended for the betterment of people and not just a tool to gain followers. "Hari Aum Tat Sat”Greesha
An avid traveler and yoga instructor, Pooja’s journey of starting her yoga practice is quite telling of her resilience and the ability to open up her heart to new learning. When we ask her what encouraged her to start her practice, she says, “I started practicing yoga because I was suffering from allergies and stomach-related issues back when I was 20 years old. My practice of yoga helped me heal from these chronic issues that had arisen due to my sedentary lifestyle. And ever since, it has been a consistent and important part of my life."
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As a Yoga instructor, Pooja’s life is full of adventures and unanticipated learnings. “When people come and tell me how their lives have changed due to yoga practice, it brings me immense joy,” adds Pooja. She finds inexplicable satisfaction in helping people lead a better life and takes a lot of pride in contributing to their betterment in whatever way possible. Her biggest achievement in life has been to teach over 500 students the practice of Yoga in the last few years.
“Do it for yourself. Do it because you want to see the change in yourself and not to prove a point. Also, when we sow a seed, it takes its own time to grow. We must nurture it and be patient for flowers to bloom. The same is true for these practices. Be patient and consistent and you will surely see the changes.”Pooja
#4 Naina Uttam (@naina_uttam)
A mental health counselor in training and yoga practitioner, Naina is a crusader for all things sustainable and natural. While 2020 wreaked havoc for many across the world, for Naina it was a time of blossoming change, and becoming. A formidable student of Bharatanatyam, Naina’s origins are deep-rooted in the harmonious village life with her grandfather formerly heading the farming community in her native place.
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Although Naina has always felt a deep inclination towards health and wellness, she discovered her calling and immeasurable love for yoga only a year and a half ago. “I started for very superficial reasons." I wanted to achieve splits and similar poses. But once I began the process, I realized how alive and rejuvenated I felt doing the yoga flows. "My mind and body felt more in sync and gradually yoga became the one thing I wanted to do upon waking up,” she says, reminiscing the start of her yoga journey.
“Respect is paramount. Be it for yourself, for the environment, or for other creatures. There is no reason for us to assume that other beings or nature are at our disposal to exploit. Our natural instinct isn’t to hurt ourselves so why should we exploit or hurt others? Here is when viewing the world as an extension of yourself comes into play. It will bring us more harmony, peace, and synergy and will help us understand ourselves and the world so much better. My message to all the readers would be to please respect yourself and mother nature because once you do that, a lot of things will make sense to you.”Naina
Deepa is a yoga practitioner and instructor based out of Mumbai. Having dealt with several ailments and sicknesses earlier in her life, she decided to pursue yoga with the hope of finding a sustainable solution. Her experience with yoga and natural living has changed her life. She hopes to share the benefits of this divine philosophy with those around her!
“Sync with nature. Life will flow naturally.”Deepa
Monika is a certified Yoga Instructor who specializes in Hatha & Yin Yoga. She believes the essence of any activity lies in the process of being mindful of it. Having found Yoga at a fairly young age, Monika has made it her life’s mission to share her knowledge with the world.
Her message to natural lifestyle enthusiasts is to practice “regularly, mindfully, and patiently.” There is a lot of information on the internet regarding both Yoga and Ayurveda. It is important to distinguish between right and wrong information. She goes on, “Stay safe, don’t force or strain yourself; if you are a beginner, practice yoga only under the guidance of an experienced teacher."
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Rajat is a professional Yoga Instructor who takes pride in helping others get closer to their roots. Hailing from the Vashisht village of Kullu district, he is a prodigy known for his selflessness and generosity.
“Knowing your body type and situation that you are surrounded by must always be considered before practicing both Yoga and Ayurveda. When one becomes aware of these factors and then practices Yoga, life simply becomes magnificent!”Rajat
Namita is an international yoga instructor and ayurvedic practitioner who is relentlessly passionate about helping people be in touch with their inner selves. Having found Yoga and Ayurveda not long ago, Namita organizes and engages in several retreats and workshops across the world every now and then! Hers is a story of resilience and self-discovery. Let’s learn more about her!
Reminiscing on her journey, Namita tells us how she discovered Ayurveda through Yoga. What started as a way to counter the stress of daily life soon became an indispensable part of Namita’s routine.
It is important to practice moderation. This aspect is often ignored. We tend to become extreme or rather rigid about our beliefs and sets of practices. Be welcoming to all, no matter what their belief. "Namita
Performing Yoga establishes a connection between the mind and body. Through this channel, energies flow, radiating abundance and positivity. Forming new habits may surely take a while, but the first step towards any change is commitment. Let's take one step at a time and allow ourselves to experience the beauty of this process without giving any thought to the end result. Follow these Instagram pages today and let's connect to our higher selves!
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Rediscovering Ayurveda is a series of blogs featuring yoga and Ayurveda practitioners, including people who have an affinity for a healthy and organic lifestyle. With the intent of discovering the modern-day meaning of Ayurveda, the segment navigates through people’s perspectives and personal experiences with regard to Ayurvedic philosophy and lifestyle.
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