“I am happiest to be part of a profession that gives me the opportunity to help and heal people. It gives me a kind of fulfilment and satisfaction I have never felt before,” says Nupur Biswas, a regular workout and kickboxing enthusiast, and a full-time media professional, who gave it all up to find her calling – Yoga!
Nupur, a professionally certified yoga coach and the founder of NuYoga based in Mumbai will now collaborate with Namaste Switzerland as an online yoga instructor. Beginning March, each Month Nupur will be teaching Yoga through her videos, starting with the beginner level series. Nupur tells us about her journey that turned her passion for Yoga into her profession.
She says, “Yoga is something that changed my life for the better and how! I have experienced the magic of yoga and have been witness to its healing powers time and again. I have always been a fitness enthusiast and have been into some form of exercise or the other since my college days. I enjoyed going to the gym and also learnt kickboxing for several years. At that point, I didn’t care much for yoga.
Like many, I thought it was boring and extremely slow. Until, 9 years ago I happened to attend a class by my yoga teacher at present, Shammi Gupta. She had come home to teach my parents. For the first time, I experienced how intense and effective yoga can be. I was fascinated! I then started learning and practising yoga every day, and soon I started seeing and feeling the difference in my body. I was also a lot calmer and at peace. I got stronger, more flexible and felt lighter and so much happier. I also witnessed how it helped heal my mother completely of Sciatica. It wasn’t long before I was addicted to yoga. Even when I worked for a news channel and had erratic working hours, I would wake up at 5.30 am for my yoga class. Yoga for me is not just a form of exercise, but it is a way of life.”
From media to a yoga professional – the transition
“My passion for yoga encouraged me to stay consistent and dedicated with my practice. This led to a marked improvement in my postures, strength and flexibility. Soon, people began requesting me to teach them, but as I was working with the media, I didn’t have the time. I was encouraged by several of my well-wishers to consider getting into yoga professionally. It was something I really wanted to do, but I took a while to finally take the leap and make the drastic shift from media to yoga. I then studied yoga and did a 200-hour certification course in collaboration with Yoga Alliance,” explains Nupur.
Today, she is a certified yoga coach who lives, breathes and sleeps yoga.
NuYoga is an extension of Nupur’s passion, and respect for yoga. She says, “NuYoga focuses not just on the physical aspect of yoga, but believes in and propagates the nurturing of the mind, body and soul through yoga. My clientele includes 8-year-olds working on their focus and concentration, young ballerinas working on their flexibility and agility, adults trying to get stronger and fitter, runners working on reducing muscular stiffness and soreness, people trying to heal from injuries to senior citizens working on their energy levels and mental calmness.” Needless to say, NuYoga caters to a wide spectrum of people and offers a yogic solution to a range of issues.
Yoga for beginners
An enthusiastic Nupur says, “The best part about yoga is that it can be done anywhere, anytime, without any machines or accessories. All one needs is the will and the passion for it. The first thing one needs is a positive attitude and the will to do yoga, the rest follows automatically.
If you are a beginner, start slow. Don’t rush into advanced postures or intense flows as this could lead to injuries. It’s always better to learn from a competent yoga coach who can teach you the alignment of postures and the correct breathing required for each ‘asana’. Once you have perfected the above, you can move to advanced postures and flows.
Start with basic ‘Hatha yoga ‘postures, work on the alignment and try to gradually increase the duration for which you hold the posture. It’s also extremely important and beneficial to focus on breathing, which in turn helps with our physical, emotional and mental wellbeing.”
With this information, Namaste Switzerland shares Nupur’s first video – Yoga for beginners.
Disclaimer: Please be aligned with your medical and physical being before practising yoga. You are solely responsible for your health and fitness. Namaste Switzerland takes no liability for any kind of injuries or repercussions resulting from the content published here.