Featuring Aishwarya Iyer from India

Sunday, 30 August 2020

Written by Aishwarya Iyer
Edited by Justine of Just Yoga

Being an Ayurvedic practitioner professionally, I have always believed that Yoga and Ayurveda share a very deep relationship. I have been practising yoga from the age of 12. It’s powerful and holistic practices have had a significant impact in my life. Gradually the practices transpired into me becoming an ardent Yogi.

I am from India, a land graced by great sages, seers and timeless yogis. I grew up around people who had made yoga and meditation a normal routine in their lives. My dad, even on the busiest of days would set aside 20 mins in the morning for his meditation and Pranayama. It was probably his way to recharge for the day. As a teenager, I had developed a strong love for Asanas; exploring each asana in all its depth and dimension. Each asana is based on life around us; be it Bhujangasana (snake pose), Parvatasana (mountain pose) or Vrksasana (Tree Pose).
The more these asanas seeped into me, the more I started to feel one with life around me. 
But as the churn of life started getting faster, responsibilities started getting bigger, yoga gradually started to take a back seat. With so many roles to play in life and multitasking every minute of day, I finally decided that I now needed Yoga more than ever before. I started my journey by spending a month in Rishikesh, the Yoga Capital of the world. I would start my day with yoga at the holy and tranquil banks of river Ganges waiting for the first rays of sun to fall on me. As my journey continued across the lengths and breaths of India, I discovered this most serene, meditative and sacred space at the foothills of Velliangiri Mountains. (also known as Kailash of the South). This is the Isha Yoga Centre in Coimbatore where I underwent a program called “Inner Engineering” and was introduced to a classical yogic practice called Shambhavi Mahamudra Kriya. This program completely re-wired me inside out!

Empowered with such intense yogic practises, I headed back to my loving husband, two active toddlers and a very fast paced London life. By now, I had realised from my past experiences that “Yoga only works when you do it”. It's not about the time, it’s about the commitment!

I started my day with powerful yogic practices like Surya Kriya, Shakti Chalana Kriya and Shambhavi. Slowly but steadily, these yogic practises became a part of me and a new ME started to blossom. My super-skeptic husband hopped on aboard the yoga boat and now we both sail along our morning practises together amongst the chirping of birds, rustling of leaves and the gentle warmth of the first rays of sun, as the gentle breeze brushes our face.
Most fundamentally, within me, I entered a space which was my true self, a joyous one, one that is not polluted by the cloud of thoughts or accumulations of the past, one that doesn’t carry the burden or anxieties of the future, one that lives in the moment, and yet one that is the moment, one that is a super-small spec in the entire universe, and yet one that is the universe.

They say silence is more powerful than words. Just being a witness to my yogic journey and my exuberant little yogic family, inspired my parents, my sister and people around me to jump on to the yogic bandwagon. 

I would like to leave you with these wise words from Sadhguru “You don’t need to travel the path of yoga. Whatever the path, just take Yoga with you”.

1 comment

  1. A lovely write up to stimulate the sceptics who,after reading this will hop on the Yogic bandwagon.


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