Name: Deepthi Shetty
Profession: Deepthi Shetty
Other interests: Learning, Reading, Energy Healing

How long have you been practising yoga?
It’s been an on and off practice for the past 8 years.

What classes at Nilaya House do you attend?
Iyengar Yoga with Ms. Aparajita Ghose

Why do you practice yoga? What benefits does it bring?
Initially, I started with prenatal yoga as an overall fitness regime when I was expecting my child. Later on, I was searching for postnatal weight loss yoga groups and classes. In this whole experience of weight loss and quick learning boot camps, having gone through some injuries and some health issues – I had to take a break to heal. This break helped me understand what I wanted to actually learn.

The mindful act of yoga is not to lose weight or achieve some amazing posture in a week’s time. I have now learnt to enjoy the mindful act of getting into each posture and getting out of it with that calm and stable mind. Healing from all the injuries and pains I had incurred in the past. Every single practice helps me understand that I have no race nor any competition to get better or to prove it to anyone, I do what I enjoy for an absolute happy mind and happy me.

What is your favourite posture and why?
Ardha Chandrasana – because I’m still learning this posture and trying to reach there with calm and poise. Like everything else in life, I get into it smooth and well balanced some days, but some days I don’t. When I get even one side of it right, it makes me feel extremely happy with a big smile to feel the little ways in which my core strength has developed over the past few months.

What’s your advice for people wanting to start yoga?
As a learner and explorer, these are few points I would like to share for beginner students: (to save some time and injuries)

  • Know your body and the kinds of yoga classes and how it would help (Ashtanga, Iyengar, hatha, etc.,)
  • Reach out to a Guru, who understands your body and any concerns you have
  • Do a lot of reading and talking to some masters and students before you invest your time and effort and decide based on what resonates with you
  • Enjoy each move and practise at your own pace.

Extremely thankful for the Guru I found in Aparajita, appreciate all her patience and kindness. Thanks to Nilaya House and thanks to each one of you for the wonderful team effort – for sharing, practising and teaching Holistic Yoga – as it is meant to be.