If fitness is your passion, it can be an alternative career as well! In India, there is uncertainty among youths to choose physical education, sports, and fitness as a career option as they are not sure if they can attain that desired result & success. In our interview section, we have interacted with renowned Yoga Trainer Preeti Acharya, who demonstrates a perfect example that Yoga can be an alternative career opportunity as well.
Born in Bihar and brought up in Jamshedpur, Jharkhand, she calls herself a proud Bihari. Preeti completed her Masters in Computer Applications from Birla Institute of Technology, Ranchi and took up a job in IT Company. After serving this industry for 7 years, she quit this industry 3 years back to pursue her passion to teach Yoga. Following are some interesting conversation with Preeti Acharya.
Editor: What made you choose Yoga?
Ms. Preeti: I started practicing yoga at a very early age (I think I was 13 then). When I was in the IT sector, there was a drive to reduce headcount. Although my job was safe, it opened my mind to think of an alternative career. I then realized that I have considerable experience in Yoga practice and I should give it a shot at teaching. I decided to undergo teacher training. Once I started teaching, staying away from the same was impossible. After teaching for 1.5 years part-time, I quit my job to take it full-time.
Editor: What is the form of Yoga you teach and how it differs from other schools?
Ms. Preeti: I practice and teach Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. It is a style of yoga as exercise created by K. Pattabhi Jois during the 20th century often promoted as a modern-day form of classical Indian yoga. The style is hot and energetic, synchronizing breath with movements. The individual poses are linked by the following movements. This is how it makes a sequence of poses to be performed in a sequential manner. There are six series like this.
Editor: What are some of your favorite places where you’ve done yoga?
Ms. Preeti: Any close room with just sufficient ventilation is good. As I mentioned earlier, one needs a lot of internal heat and energy to perform the whole practice. Hence I prefer indoor than outdoor places. I would like to mention that there is no better feeling than the feeling I get after practicing with my teacher in Goa.
Editor: Can you tell us which health issues can be minimized or cured by Yoga?
Ms. Preeti: There is a very famous quote by Guru Iyengar which is my favorite as well - “ Yoga teaches to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured.”
I truly believe that yoga can cure everything, if not, at least it can help minimize the issue.
Editor: What are some of your favorite yoga poses and what is their relevance?
Ms. Preeti: - Upvaishta Konasana: It is a deep forward fold which also involves a bit of hip-opening. It helps lengthen spine and hamstrings, work on the digestion system. This also helps the mind to calm.
- Shirsasana: It is my most favorite inversion. I am so addicted that it feels more normal than upside right.
It helps with good blood circulation in the brain. It is also called “King of the asana”.
- Urdhwa Dhanurasana: I have a kind of love-hate relation with backbends. This asana helps strengthen legs, arms, shoulders; helps in spine flexibility; massages abdominal muscles and helps reduce fats.
- Adhomukha Vrukshasana (handstand):
It is a dream posture which I am working towards.
The list goes on.... all the arm balances are my favorite too. They help by boosting arms and upper body strength.
Editor: What is your advice to Yoga enthusiasts who wants to practice and teach Yoga? How do they start?
Ms. Preeti: To start, find a good teacher who you connect with. Nothing (I mean it - no YouTube video or app or anything else) can even get close to what your teacher does to your practice.
Then, self-practice. Guru Pattabhi Jois said, “Yoga is 1% theory, 99% practice”. Until and unless you have explored the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual journey yourself in an asana, it’s impossible to guide others on the same journey.
Editor: What is your long term goal?
Ms. Preeti: My long term goal is to become aware and awake - physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually and help people in their journey toward awareness and mindfulness.
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