Namaskaram, in another few weeks, will be completing 10 years of Isha Yoga 🙂 I did my first program with Isha – Inner Engineering in Nov 2008 and ever since then, don’t remember a day when yoga didn’t happen…maybe a skip was as rare as a blue moon if at all it happened 🙂
I didn’t have any Whatsapp groups for support, no one inspired me to keep up my practices – it just happens like my breath. Yes, struggles do happen in terms of how much time I do yoga everyday, since I have taken up quite a lot, but at least some yoga happens everyday without fail.
I think one of the main reasons why I was able to make it a part of my life was that I stuck to what they mentioned during the Inner Engineering program – that whether you like it or not, do the practice twice a day for the first 40 days and then at least once a day for 6 months. This was one of the most challenging things for me to pull off..I was working with Motorola then and never in my life did I imagine that I could do something continuously without a single days break inspite of so many challenges that came up!
In these six months, my life turned upside down! Earlier, I had severe problems with my energy levels and stamina; if I just as much ran for 200 metres, I would be huffing and puffing and even during my studies I couldn’t sit in one place for more than half an hour and struggled to concentrate…I needed frequent breaks. Every time I had a meal, I felt like collapsing on the bed. I was so confused…whether I should go for an MS or MBA or switch jobs or become an entrepreneur..Eventually I ended up trying for all these things! I tried multiple times to start some fitness routine – like gymming or jogging but it just wouldn’t stay after a few days or weeks. I was so lost within myself though I had done well for myself in terms of academics and getting a good job.
I was so desperately looking for a solution when Isha and Sadhguru happened to me. In the ensuing six months after Inner Engineering, I ran a 10K in 55 mins..never had I dreamt of even walking, leave alone running for that much distance! My energy levels improved tremendously, my paunch disappeared in 2 months, my work life became effortless … i recall writing about 2K lines of code in a few days stretch which left my peers awestruck and finally I decided to chuck my MS/MBA/Entrepreneur/Jobs switch plans and quit my job to explore myself!
It has been an absolutely fantastic 10 years – huge upheavals have happened, even tragedies, so many ups and downs but I have been unable to separate yoga from my life. I dont want to change anything that has happened to me, every thing that happened I realise it was for my growth. The only burning longing throughout has been to strive to live this yoga.. to move on from being a yoga practitioner to a yogi where yoga becomes a living reality for you and it was natural that when I setup Yogi Re 2 years back, this was the guiding light – to strive to see that atleast an element of being a yogi becomes a part of everyone’s life.
Hope that I have done whatever little part I could play to the best of my ability and would derive strength to continue to do so …in making yoga an inseparable part of people’s lives.