Health has been one of the focus areas of Editor Say, so adding another episode to it, we had done a small chit-chat with Fitness Trainer Stuti Khare @Instagram Handle. Born and brought up in Bhopal, Ms. Stuti did her Engineering from NIT-Bhopal (Maulana Azad National Institute of technology). After working in SAP for 3.5 years, she quit her job to follow her passion of fitness.
Started with Zumba, Ms. Stuti later on explored various forms fitness including Yoga, Crossfit and Personal Training. Worked with Brands like Gold's, Marriott International, Texas Instruments, GE and Taj Group, Stuti feels happy to have trained 1500+ individuals across cities. In the words of Stuti “Fitness is a Journey not a Destination; you must continue for the rest of your life.” So, lets look what Stuti has to say regarding fitness and health.
Editor: When did you start practicing yoga? Do you teach Yoga?
Ms. Stuti Khare: I started practicing Yoga owing to my increasing anxiety and restlessness. It calmed my body and mind and I started getting a sound sleep just by practicing simple asanas. That is when I realized that Yoga can be of value to others as well. I used to get a lot of clients in my Zumba class suffering from mind issues or depression in a minor way. I started helping them to do simple asanas post my sessions and saw wonderful results. In 2016, I went ahead and did my Yoga training.
I take regular Yoga sessions now. Yoga not only stretches your body but also brings peace and solace.
Editor: What’s your definition of healing? What facilitates the process?
Ms. Stuti Khare: Healing is a powerful approach to health and wellness of an individual. It helps to gain control over the mind and body. A healing system is the one in which feelings or thoughts are the most important factor in human health. Positive thoughts result in good health while negative thoughts hamper it.
One of the key factors to facilitating the most effective healing process is the combination of skilled and well-intentioned healers with experienced and highly trained facilitators. Facilitators are able to inspire and motivate people in ways that healers cannot, through one-on-one sessions and group sharing.
In short, ‘Who better to help us than someone who has been there’ . People identify with and trust the experiences of someone who is further along in their journey. This helps them deal with the problems and struggles they face in their day-to-day living.
Editor: How much time every day one needs to practice Yoga?
Ms. Stuti Khare: You know your body best. A minimum of 15 minutes are good enough to start with. As a general rule of thumb, try to practice Yoga(in any form) for around 3-5 times a week.
Editor: Practicing Yoga, do you think brings you close to nature?
Ms. Stuti Khare: Yes, Yoga is a great way establishing a connection with the nature.There are different yogic limbs. Two of them highlight the vital link between nature and spirituality. Regular practice of Pratyahara(withdrawal) and Dharana(concentration) helps to hone our ability to transcend above our daily problems and simply be in the present moment. That is the prime reason, we can see many Yoga teachers enjoy teaching classes in the midst of inspiring natural scenery as nature lowers the stress hormones.
Editor: Tell us some of your favorite Yoga poses?
Ms. Stuti Khare: It is said that your favourite Yoga poses reveal a lot about your personality. I feel that this is true to a large extent. I am a free spirited and highly creative person. I am a stereotype breaker and like to be creative even in my daily Yoga practice.
Some of my favorite asanas include:
B. Back bends like crescent lunge and Chakrasana
C. Pigeon Pose
D. Natarajasana( Reached only Half)
Editor: What sets you apart from other Yoga teachers?
Ms. Stuti Khare: I feel Creativity is something which sets a person apart. If you are able to actively create your Yoga sequence depending on the requirement of your disciples, that sets you apart from other Yoga teachers. That definitely comes with experience and after acquiring considerable command on your subject, in this case YOGA.
Some key aspects which I incorporate in my sessions:
A. Keep my self balanced and design the class around my students
B. I am committed fully to my Yoga practice on a daily basis. So, my students can learn from my Progress
C. Variety. Recently, I implemented a mix of Acro Yoga and Vinyasa in one of my Corporate sessions. They have booked me for 5 more sessions.
Editor: What advice would you give someone who feels they can’t practice yoga because they don’t have the right kind of body?
Ms. Stuti Khare: Well, being a Yoga teacher, I feel it is your inner strength that will make you move ahead in your Yoga Journey. There is nothing like right kind of body for Yoga. This is a myth that only lean people can practice Yoga as they are flexible. Trust me, whether you are young or old, overweight or fit, yoga has the power to calm the mind and strengthen the body. Don't be intimidated by yoga terminology, fancy yoga studios and complicated poses, Yoga is for everyone.
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