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From Downward Dog To Deep Talks: Yoga Adventure With Riti And Abhivir

Riti Sabharwal is a certified Yoga practitoner, who has been fostering the knowledge of Yoga among people through social media platforms

New Delhi: Yoga is like a daily dose of sunshine for the body and soul. A refreshing reset button. It is not just body-stretching, it is soul-stretching. Or as Riti Sabharwal says, ‘A secret ingredient for a healthy life!’ Yoga for Riti is like breathing. Her journey started very young as her parents were active practitioners. “I was fascinated by the twists and turns; the stretching and breathing techniques … It intrigued me. I learnt it from my parents but was not a practitioner like them. The real experience of depth of yoga came to me during the coronavirus lockdown. I found bliss and happiness amidst torment,” she says, while striking Vraksasana, the tree pose.

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Another reason for Riti to inculcate Yoga into her daily routine was to treat the hormonal and gut health issues she faced frequently.

With Yoga, she formed a routine for herself she never had earlier. She added,

We women, we prioritise everything but ourselves. From children’s well-being, husband’s health, to in-laws’ lifestyle, everything is at the top of our list but our well-being. Yoga made me realise a major gap in my life-self -care.

Riti also strongly recommends inculcating Yoga among children.

I cannot stress enough on how important it is to introduce children to Yoga. It is a holistic approach to a child’s physical as well as mental well-being.

Her son, Abhivir, has been practising Yoga with her for about a year now. He is 13-years old and has mastered some of the toughest poses already. It is a routine, the mother-son duo wakes up before sunrise, rolls out their mats, and starts their practice. Abhivir says,

My mom has introduced me to several poses. We stretch like cats and stand like trees. It is so cool to see what my body can do. And after we’re done, I feel calm and happy.

Riti feels this is a reward for her. She says,

With each practice, I have learnt to honour my body and embrace the journey of self-love and acceptance.

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