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My Transformation with Yoga #InternationalYogaDay

“Yoga does not transform the way we see things; it transforms the person who sees.” ~ B.K.S. Iyengar 

“I hope the pajama fabric doesn’t tear and make that God forsaken sound!” was my only concern on my first day of Yoga class. Imagine a college girl wearing a salwar-suit at least one size larger yet getting worked up that it might rip off! As you probably know by now, ‘fat’ doesn’t begin to describe my former self. I was acutely aware of it and tried every hack and trick I could dig up from magazines and newspapers (no internet then!). Gyms were unsurvivable and dieting gave me everything from frizzy hair to blackouts. I put all my hope in Yoga, and that was the wisest thing I ever did for myself.

There are myriad articles online and offline that demonstrate the numerous benefits of Yoga. It is gentle yet powerful, patient yet dynamic, and importantly, mild but effective. Through its various postures (asanas), breathing exercises, and stretches, one can involve mind, body, and soul and bring equilibrium to our being. Personally, it has played a huge role in my transformation by exerting my body through suryanamaskars and calming my mind with Pranayama and meditation. Let me tell you how.

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“Finding balance isn’t weight-dependant” is an important lesson our Yoga teacher taught us. Asanas like Vrikshasana are all about trying to find your point of gravity while engaging core muscles. Many asanas that look complicated are often quite simple to perform if you follow the right technique. Flexibility is developed over time with sustained efforts. I suffered a severe cramp in my thigh while learning Ugrasan and couldn’t walk properly for a week. Once the pain subsided, I went ahead and killed it. Am proud of it to date!

Mental health

If you’re amongst those who can’t perform heavy exercises due to any reason, Yoga is your best friend in the waiting. It isn’t overwhelming, doesn’t rush you, is right for any age, and gives you a tremendous feeling of achievement. An hour-long session of Yoga can tire you without breaking a sweat. It delicately challenges you and inspires you to be better. Your mental health certainly will benefit from this dose of self-motivation, right? Mine sure did.


Remember playing the saans roko game with your friends as kids? Will we dare doing that now? While swimmers and athletes are well-trained in breathing exercises, it is often taken for granted by others. Thanks to the pandemic, people are now consciously inculcating breathing exercises in their routine. They improve oxygen levels in our blood making us stronger, alert and raise our energy levels. Luckily, I was into them from even before Baba Ramdev made them famous. Pranayama and Anulom vilom are good for the lungs while Kapalbharti tones abs and core too.

Types of Yoga

There are various types of Yoga that you can learn from a certified practitioner/teacher. Ashtanga, Hatha, Jnana, Mantra, Kundalini Yoga, etc are a few of them. Each one of them employs a different technique and works on awakening your chakras, bringing meditative awareness, and enabling mental and physical detox. Power Yoga is a relatively modern practice that involves faster movements and fusion workouts. I’ve attended Power Yoga sessions and found them quite strenuous and effective. They helped improve my endurance big time.

On cardio days, I spend additional 5-10 mins on Yoga stretches pre and post-workouts to avoid muscle pulls or cramps. One day in the week is reserved only for breathing and meditation. Practicing Yoga is like tasting blood, once you surrender to its pleasure there’s no stopping you! Do you agree?

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17 thoughts on “My Transformation with Yoga #InternationalYogaDay

  1. Cant agree more. Yoga is beautiful, its powerful and its magical. Usually by hearing the names of asanas, they sound complicated and as you said, some times, a few asanas looks complicated but they are simple when done accurately. I have never tried power yoga. I am still at traditional yoga and deep stretches. But will surely check it out.

  2. You have shone new light on the age old practice of Yoga, Varsha. Reading this enlightening post is sure to remove any doubts from the minds of those who were hesitant to try it.

  3. totally agree with you . yoga is the best for both body and mind, it keeps me sane. I have recently started to follow surya namaskar and meditation, can see the diff already

  4. Yoga is a holistic discipline which rejuvenates the body, mind, and soul. It is really inspiring to see how Yoga has transformed you. Definitely a journey worth emulating by others.

  5. Good to know about your transformation journey via Yoga. I am too a yoga enthusiast and can vouch for its effectiveness.

  6. This is such an inspiring post for yoga enthusiasts like me, indeed yoga is best for treating the mind , body and soul all in one. I have always loved your fitness journey. thank you for that constant motivation

  7. Yoga is an amazing path to take to make our lives better in every way. Your journey has been so wonderful and inspiring.

  8. Yoga indeed is a great and gives fine balance to the body. I have also started practicing Yoga some 3 months back and have started seeing the difference it has given to me. It rejuvenates the entire body, mind and soul.

  9. I got introduced to Yoga quite late in my life however, its impact is quite visible mentally as well as physical. One has to be consistent with yoga to see its impact and bring changes in our life.

  10. Yoga does show good results with time and I’ve seen it myself when I tried it after my 1st child. It helped me get in shape again. I think I need to get back at it as the 2nd lockdown has messed up everything for me.

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