For Mansi, yoga is about connecting with your inner being. She says that the desire to form a deeper connection with our bodies is authentic. It’s what leads so many people to try yoga. “There are so many things I enjoy about teaching that it’s a little difficult to narrow it down to just one. When I decided to become a yoga teacher, all I wanted to do was to share this with as many people as I could,” says a 25-year-old, who started practicing yoga more seriously during her college years, which she started at age nine.
Love the most
The greatest health benefits of doing yoga is the ability to link more deeply with the heart, and to live our lives with greater ease and happiness. “I love most about teaching yoga the challenge of helping another feel better physically and psychologically,” says Mansi who did her course in face yoga from Colton, USA.
We know that yoga is great for improving posture and flexibility, but can it also help in the fight against ageing? Mansi says, “Yoga is one of the few exercise systems in which weight is borne through the entire body, including the bones in the hands, wrists, arms, upper body, neck and even the head. Removing years of accumulated tightness and stiffness from your body feels like turning back the clock.” “Power yoga burns more than 240 calories over 30 minutes. It not only tones the muscles, tissues, ligaments, joints, and nerves, but also maintain the smooth functioning and health of all the body systems,” she adds. Mansi is also planning to start acro-dancing classes in the near future, but for now her focus is mainly on face yoga. “Acro-dancing is a very complex combination of classical dancing and the elastic-bodied skills of acrobatics, acro-dancing is considered to be one of the most complex forms of modern dancing,” she explains. “Remember Katrina Kaif in Dhoom 3. Acro-dancing is described as a combination of classical dance with mid-air acrobatics,” says Mansi adding, “My certification is in Facial Yoga. Just as our bodies need regular exercise to stay toned and firm, the 57 muscles in our face also need to be exercised. When we do so, they are lifted and firmed and the skin attached to the muscles is also lifted and tautened which reduces lines and wrinkles.”
Mansi says that she most enjoys one-on-one therapy sessions with her students. She also works with pregnant women. “From pre-natal to post-natal, I think yoga has a lot to offer for pregnant women,” explains Mansi, who is associated with the Shiksha Foundation,. a project devoted to the education of girls. This month Mansi will be opening her yoga studio in Hyderabad. “It is very relevant in the workplace and many companies are training their staff,” she concludes.