“I have a degree in marketing and worked in many different organizations, but am a full-time yoga and meditation teacher now. I’ve been practicing yoga for 3 years but took it as a career only once COVID started. I’d just completed my yoga teacher training, the tourism industry that I was working in was out of business, and people all around were stressed due to the pandemic. It was the perfect time to start this. Yoga teaches us resilience, which is an important strength in such times. I feel that yoga is almost necessary for people with sedentary lifestyles. Yoga can be the perfect activity to unwind the body, mind and soul. It is a way of thanking your body for serving you. It helps you sleep well and live a longer and healthier life. In recent times, people have started understanding the benefits and have stopped seeing yoga as a boring activity. I conduct both face-to-face and online classes.

Additionally, I am an ardent animal lover. I see that too many of us only have empty empathy towards animals and hesitate to provide any real help. So I try to do what I can. I take care of homeless dogs in my area- 22 puppies and 8 adult dogs are under my care as of now. My father is very compassionate and is one of the reasons I feel so strongly towards animals. Feeding a large number of dogs can get quite difficult. People often complain about the smell and filth they create. I try my best to explain that feeding makes them less aggressive which makes it easy to sterilise them and help control their number. I prepare food for the dogs in the small breaks between my yoga classes. In yoga, we talk about ‘ahimsa’ which means ‘no harming’. This teaches me even more about unity between us, animals and nature. I think yoga is a way of life, it has helped me learn so much. It took a lot of hard work to get here but the practice of yoga helped keep me focused on achieving my goals. Sometimes I feel guilty that I can’t do more for animals- but one person cannot do too much. I hope that we can start the culture of adopting animals. This will not only help them, but also us to become more compassionate and more human.”

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