June 21 is the international Yoga day. Yoga is a physical, mental, and spiritual practice or discipline, which originated in India. Though many think of yoga only as a physical exercise where people twist, turn, stretch, and breathe in the most complex ways, these are actually only the most superficial aspects of this profound science of unfolding the infinite potentials of the human mind and soul. From my shallow knowledge I cannot do justice to the great ancient practice of Yoga. I went through various web pages and learnt the basics. However, the Web cannot always fulfill the desire of a true knowledge seeker; hence through one of my cousins I got to know Savina Shah. She is a yoga practitioner who holds various Yoga workshops and sessions. After talking to her I was left astounded by how necessary yoga is in staying fit in today's hectic world. Here's what I learned from Savina Shah herself, in a very casual interview.
Who inspired you to specialise in yoga and meditation?
I grew up watching my maternal uncle (my mom's older brother) do yoga and the whole process used to intrigue my 6 year old self. I used to wonder how someone can bend, twist and turn in any direction he wants to. Watching him doing that for months, I started imitating him, with mixed results. Nonetheless, the seeds were sown, and I decided to make yoga my second nature. Since then dedication, determination took over and I disciplined myself enough to make yoga and meditation my lifestyle.
Why should people engage themselves in yoga and meditation?
From my personal experience, I can say that yoga and meditation not only help in shaping and toning the physical body, but silently yet actively work inside our beings. It aids with better blood circulation, calming of the mind, enhances the focus and concentration span, which helps in achieving better results at work. And above all, it teaches us how to empower the mind. Once the mind is in one's control, stress and other irritants can be handled and defeated with ease. Meditation trains the mind how to distinguish between "reaction" and "response". Once we have that tool, then, every challenge which life throws at us, becomes easier to face and overcome.
Many people exclusively relate yoga with women only, should there be any such discrimination?
Thank you for helping me draw that curve called "smile" on my face. Come on guys, please get over the idea that Yoga is only for women. It is a MYTH. The founder of yoga is Patanjali, who is known as the Father of Yoga, and furthermore, founders of all the world-renowned schools of yoga are males. Above all, please know that the superheroes are only in the movies on the big screens. Both men and women are creations of the Almighty where the bodies of both the genders function in the same manner. Both the genders share the same breathing and blood circulation pattern and system. So, yoga is equally important for both the genders.
Can yoga help in losing body fat? If so, how?
Yoga will not only give you weight loss but will give you a lot more than good skin and weight loss. Yoga is not only about flexibility. It addresses all of the fitness parameters, both the aerobic and the anaerobic system. It in fact goes beyond the physical aspects of keeping us lean and fit. With the release of calm inducing chemicals in the brain one develops a better understanding of body, food and life-style. The responsible behaviour with the body invariably leads to a fitter and lighter body, which further leads to weight loss. However, I personally feel that life and fitness is way more than just weight loss, isn’t it?
How might people contact you if they want go get your services?
They can simply do that by e-mailing me at [email protected].
Reaz Fiem is a fitness enthusiast, who wishes to help people stay healthy