Yoga teachers are frequently asked about their journey. What drew us to yoga? When and how did we know. Much like their personalities, every teacher’s journey to teaching is also unique.
The Urdhvadhanurasana has come a long way…
The more time I spent practicing yoga, the more I felt there wasn’t enough time! I registered for a yoga teachers’ training course and started thinking realistically about the profession. I knew that I was teaching to become a better student, and not the other way around.
Over the years, as demand for my teaching grew, I realized that I was constrained by time and geography. There are many who express an interest in my classes, but are unable to travel from, say, Bannerghatta Road. Just making YouTube videos, or creating a generic module wouldn’t work. Live interaction is essential when it comes to movement-based practices.
The idea for the ‘The Yoga Practice‘, came to me while discussing ‘what more’ with a student during a break in class. Why not create a hybrid module of customized videos and face to face interaction. All students will get videos customized for them, and they will be able to practice yoga at their convenience AND in the comfort of their own homes. Plus, once a week we schedule a catch up call where I observe students’ asanas, answer questions, clarify doubts and plan the next week. Below is an example of a video we shot for a student. It’s one of the prettiest videos we’ve done and I watch it all the time.
So, if you or someone you know wants to incorporate yoga into their lives but don’t have access to a good teacher, or has time constraints, then you might want to take a look at this module. It’s helped many people steadily improve their health and increase their wellness quotient. Leave us a query on the blog with any questions you have.
Keep an eye out for the video about this module. If you haven’t subscribed to the YouTube channel yet, do so asap!!!
The running group.
Just got back from Hyderabad this morning. I stayed with my sister and did my second Go Heritage Run. Spending time with the super fit sis is always amazing. She’s an enthusiastic member of the Hyderabad Runners (they actually helped in organizing the run). Since it’s difficult to find time to run daily, I try and get a run in 2-3 times a week and try to do between 5-7 km. I’ve already waxed eloquent about the GHR initiative in this video. If you’re a runner, and want to run longer and better, consider adding yoga to your routine a couple of times a week.
A few of you might remember the vlog I did on Bikram yoga a couple of years ago. My sister actually goes for Bikram yoga a few times a month and while there I decided to give the style another go. I honestly didn’t think I would make it through the class. The first time I attended a Bikram yoga class, I lay down after the third asana and told the teacher that I would like to leave . This time I got through the class without collapsing, throwing up or passing out! We were famished post class and went to The Waffle House to stuff ourselves with many glorious waffles.
I’ve been to Hyderabad several times ever since my sister moved there, and this time I wanted to explore it a bit more. We had dinner at the Taj Falaknuma. It was just the kind of experience I enjoy – a tour of the historical palace and sumptuous dinner afterwards. Taking a cue from a few students, I also dragged my sister for the ‘Dialogues in the Dark’ experience. I asked a couple of my friends in Bangalore if they’d like to join me for the experience and their initial reaction was similar to mine – a loud and emphatic NO. But I recommend the experience, if only to show support for the cause it represents. Video coming up later this week about that experience.
Post run @ the Taramati Baradari
All in all, my four days in Hyderabad were amazing. I didn’t have to miss my workouts, hung out with my sister, met a few members of the Hyderabad Runners, watched a couple of movies (The Mummy & Bounce) and focused on tweaking this site a bit more. Back to daily practice and teaching and weekend runs.
On another note, tomorrow is the summer solstice, which also happens to be World Yoga Day. Every day is yoga day for me, but it’s nice that the longest day of the year is also the one to commemorate yoga.
“The secret of change is to focus all your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new,” -Socrates.
The last couple of months have been crazy busy for me. I’ve been meaning to do this post for many many weeks now, but was only able to get to it today. I’ve been teaching my regular classes, have a couple of retreats and workshops under my belt, have designed new classes and modules (including The Yoga Practice, which I’m so incredibly excited about) and have found time to travel as well!
The year is far from over, and I have my annual trip (study retreat?) to Pune coming up in August and September. We’re also working on refining The Yoga Practice and getting the word out there as much as we can about it. My practice is going well, and I see improvement in my students almost daily! The first half of this year has been very rewarding.
I’ve also been working on consolidating everything I do under one platform. As my practice gets more focused, so does my vision for ‘Yoga With Pragya’. At the beginning of this year I had an idea of where I was headed and over the past couple of months the vision has became clearer. Our new website is a step towards a more organised initiative. As my practice deepens, my teaching becomes more refined and I’m getting very creative with how I can help people across the board.
We’re building something useful, helpful and, most of all, accessible to all those who are interested in yoga, holistic health and a wholesome lifestyle. Most of you have been following this blog for many years. I hope you will stay with me as I grow, expand and evolve further. Subscribe to our new blog here: http://yogawithpragya.in/blog/. While you’re there, please browse the site and leave us constructive feedback. We’re really excited about the great things we have in store for you. Please share with all your friends and subscribe to our other platforms as well (Facebook, YouTube & Instagram).
“And suddenly you know…It’s time to start something new and trust the magic of new beginnings.”
Life is continuously changing, evolving and growing. And if you’re a yoga practitioner who is also an entrepreneur then change truly is the only constant. To be honest, I’m not very comfortable with the term ‘entrepreneur’ because I see myself only as a practitioner and a teacher. I don’t consider myself a part of the energetic and pulsating Bangalore start-up/entrepreneur scene. Teaching yoga came organically to me, as it has to many who decided to make it their life’s work…but who also have to pay the rent. The philosophy and practice of yoga is ancient, mystical and vast. I would need lifetimes of study before I can bring in innovation which can be turned into a business opportunity. However, I do realize that I have been able to make a significant contribution to the lives of many individuals who have trusted me and have had faith in me to guide them through their own journeys towards holistic health.
In our closely connected world, it was inevitable that word about my work would get out and many people separated geographically from me would evince an interest in working with me to give direction to their practice. With that came the conceptualization and later the implementation of The Yoga Practice. The process unfolded at its own pace. Today this online module is a combination of what my students need and the best way for me to provide it to them.
Seeing my work and perhaps identifying with it, an old friend decided to come on board and help me structure and organize my work. Once I recognized the need and accepted the help, the floodgates opened. Mentors appeared with helpful guidance, supporters came in droves, constructive advice started pouring in…and the result is greater clarity and sharper focus.
For many years I have been designing and leading workshops and retreats, conducting group and private classes, helping people far away through online sessions, making videos etc…and now we are organizing all of these under one roof so that the message has more impact. Most importantly, our work is accessible to everyone everywhere who wants to improve their quality of life.
This website is all of my work under one roof. Here you can read my blogs, access my YouTube videos, take a look at my upcoming classes & events, see what others are saying about my work and even send me a few lines! As we get busy planning our activities for the rest of the year, we hope you will subscribe to our blog and share it with your friends too.
I sincerely hope our work adds meaning to your life.