power that backed the magnificent shift from your corporate life to
entrepreneurship and the factors that influenced your footsteps into the world
I decided to
work in the Banking sector and joined Citi, right after business school. For
more than a decade, I worked my way up across leading MNC financial service
organizations. But the turning point came when I was offered a promotion in my
last job. It was once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that would have escalated my
career exponentially. Even though it was the best thing that could have
happened to me professionally, instead of feeling excited, I felt weighed down.
Instead of feeling joy and happiness, I felt disconnected. Because accepting it
would have meant committing my life, time, and energy to growing a business that
I was not feeling inherently passionate about. It was then that I decided to
let go of the security of a monthly pay check and decided to pursue what I had
always found myself driven towards. And that’s how I decided to invest my
energy and resources in what I believe the world needs today more than anything
else –the peace of mind.
have your notions on yoga and health changed from childhood to the day, and where
do you think is it heading:
has a strong bearing on my choices today. I grew up in a health-focused and a
spiritually inclined family with a strong emphasis on healthy eating, personal
development, and meditation. We were introduced to meditation in our early
years. I grew up watching family members meditate diligently, some even for
hours every morning. My parents would buy us storybooks with spiritual messages
and concepts, but they never imposed anything on us. Growing up in a small
town, we lead a healthy lifestyle with a focus on fruits, vegetables and
homemade food. I did not eat processed cheese or a pizza till I was in college!
Sports and physical activities were encouraged, and we spent a lot of time
role was to introduce the key ideas and leave the choice up to us. This set the
foundation for my philosophy – to remain curious, observe a lot and continue
evolving without dogma or rigidity. So, the journey I am on today did start right
in my childhood and continues to evolve till date.
by the brave decision to shift career paths, what were some of the biggest circumstances
that tested your strength and how did you use these hurdles as stepping stones
for your future success:
One of my
biggest and more immediate challenges was adapting to the Covid-19 Pandemic.
Early last year, like so many other entrepreneurs, I was in a challenging
situation – Covid was rapidly spreading, yoga studios where I taught had to
shut down, nor could I travel for my shoots or workshops. Like many, I tried to
make the best of a difficult situation. I picked up Zoom, revamped my website,
and started teaching yoga online. I took Udemy courses to learn the basics of
videography, invested in lights, cameras, mics and converted my living room
into a studio. I ramped up my social media presence and spent every minute
either learning, teaching, or creating.
It was tiring
and exhausting in the beginning when I had to reshoot videos as they just
weren’t up to the mark, online class video quality wasn’t stable, and I felt
bombarded with many other such teething issues. I almost ran a whole production
unit by myself - being my own director, editor, light, and audio person,
painstakingly learning and troubleshooting via online videos and tutorials. But
I made the transition. I have been regularly taking online yoga classes, and
students join from across the country and overseas. I have conducted virtual
workshops at international forums—content from my make-shift home studio
streams on India’s leading OTT platforms. And I realized I loved video content
creation. An avenue that I may not have explored if it wasn’t for the
challenge for me stems from the fact that I am a bit of a perfectionist. In
Ayurvedic personality terms, I am a pitta personality type. I tend to deep dive
into subjects in great detail. This means I will have a lot more clarity, but
it slows me down considerably. As a result, I decided to invest six months
practicing and studying Hatha Yoga even though I could have gotten a Teacher’s
certificate in 30 days. I deep-dived into the Yoga Sutras in such detail that I
contemplated doing a Ph.D. in the subject at some point in life. While the
journey was rewarding, it was not a necessary condition for me to start
teaching yoga. So, in hindsight, I could’ve started Yoganama earlier. But
having studied all these subjects has helped me create a holistic offering for
my students, which is now the “Yoganama” way.
would be some Ayurvedic practises that can lead one to better health and at the
same time be easily incorporated to everyday life without any trouble,
especially for the ones working in the corporate setup:
The irony is
that you don’t need to make time for Ayurveda in your busy life. Instead, Ayurveda
will help you find that extra time and energy for your responsibilities and
tasks. We think of Ayurveda as an interruption or something that needs a lot of
time and energy because we often think of it as herbs, recipes, or treatments. In
reality, the first step of Ayurveda is to find the right lifestyle for
yourself. And no one can prescribe it to you because the only person who knows
what’s best for you is you; it’s your intuition. Your needs change with
seasons, mood, environment, and life events. No one is as up-to-date about them
as you will be.
the concepts of Ayurveda can help you know yourself with great clarity.
Regularly practicing yoga and meditation makes you more mindful, which further
enhances your self-awareness. And awareness is the first step towards change;
over time, you will naturally find yourself making choices that are better for
you and your temperament. That is why you’ll notice that when people start
doing yoga or meditation, their food choices start changing gradually – they
don’t do it on purpose or wilfully. It’s a natural outcome.
Ayurveda does – it helps you simplify things and empowers you to make the best
decisions for yourself. It teaches you to participate in your life actively, something
that cannot be achieved sustainably by passively following prescriptions.
simplest thing you can do is pick up an introductory book on Ayurveda, take an
Ayurveda Dosha Quiz, and begin your journey of self-exploration.
made you turn the idea of “Yoganama Wellness” into reality and why did you think
it would become a success given the very competitive nature of the health &
Pillar of my journey was Yoga. I had experienced tremendous benefits with
regular practice. I found my stress levels would dwindle rapidly with even just
20-30 minutes of practice- I would just start to feel calm, light, and
As I dived
deeper into the journey, I found Yoga Philosophy – that was my second Pillar.
Philosophical texts like Yoga Sutras helped me understand why I felt better
after Yoga or what role meditation has to play in our evolution. With that
clarity, my resolution deepened significantly.
discovered Ayurveda – that was my third Pillar. This discovery helped me
customize my practice to my unique needs. Up until then, my practice was the
same set of postures every day. This meant, my life revolved around my
practice. But with Ayurveda, I introduced variability – sequences for different
seasons and states of mind. How we combine postures can influence how we feel
at the end of the practice. Now my practice was a tool that helped me live a
more productive life, rather than a life that enabled me to practice.
This was my
journey as a regular person, living her everyday life. Each Pillar helped me
transform and improve my quality of life. And that can be the reality of
everyone else too.
has been the mentor in your life that helped you overcome barricades in your
has been my most supportive mentor, guide, and sounding board. Being an
entrepreneur can be a very lonely journey, and having a good partner can make a
tremendous difference in this case. Fortunately, both of us have very diverse
views and often have entirely different approaches to the same issue. This
means there’s always diversity in ideas, and you’re not living in a bubble that
continues to reinforce your views over and over again.
obstacle in the entrepreneurial journey is excessive self-doubt, or the exact
opposite, unwillingness to listen to different viewpoints. It can be
overwhelming initially, but it’s important to find that balance where you not
only stay true to your vision but also remain open to new ideas. I’ve time to
time reached out to experts and seniors from different industries for guidance
and inputs. A background in the corporate sector was an advantage here as I
could leverage my network and make the best possible use of it.
sometimes, my mistakes stood as my best mentors. Nothing teaches you like
failing at something does. So, don’t be afraid to go wrong sometimes. It’s a
part of the journey and a key ingredient in making you the entrepreneur that
you’re really meant to be. We ought to embrace life with all of what comes with