- Yoga makes you feel alive.
- This is the kind of job that itself keeps you healthy.
- Makes you calm and helps you manage your work and life peacefully, which I think is key to happy life.
- If anybody likes to help others get healthier, then this job is recommended.
Where have you been born and raised?
I was born in Ladlul Tehsil that comes under Nagour District in the state of Rajasthan. At the age of 14, we (my family) had to move to Delhi. I still continued my studies from Ladlul itself by distance learning programs. When I turned 20, we all came back to Ladlul and then I got the chance to attend regular classes again.
What is your family background?
I was brought up in a very conservative family along with my elder brother and younger sister. I had attended regular classes only till my tenth class. Also, because we used to travel a lot. We went to vacations for as long as a month. Even after belonging to a conservative family we have travelled almost the whole of India. After tenth, I did my intermediate and BA honors through distance learning program itself till I insisted to attend regular classes during my MA and then PhD.
My father wasn’t very supportive of girls going for studies and job. My movement out of house was also restricted. But, it was my mother, who supported me and coaxed my father to allow me to study. Today, my father is my strongest pillar and respects my job.
Who all had the most influence on you and how?
Two of my professors, whom I met during my MA, influenced me a lot. They were Dr. Yuvraj Singh Khangard and Dr. Praduman Singh Shekhawat. They were just not my teachers but were angles, who guided me in the right direction. They also convinced my father to allow me to go for higher studies and then job in a different location.
Please give me a summary of your career, chronologically, including organisations names and your role/designation.
I started my first job at 20 years of age along with studying for MA. I first joined as a Field Worker in Mamta Health Institute. Then, worked as a physiotherapist in camps. Now, I teach MA students and conduct yoga classes.
I also have published several research papers in this area and currently pursuing Ph.D. I wish to become a professor.
Which institutes are best for the education/training for this profession?
I am not well aware of institutes in this profession. However, I like my institute, as it has very good culture and learning environment. Kevalya Dhan Institute, Pune is another very good institute.
What are the costs associated with the education/ training of this profession?
Costs are minimal in comparison to other courses. For example, my MA expenditure was just 30,000 for entire 2 years. Now, I am doing Ph.D on 100% scholarship.
What are the typical entry level jobs in this profession?
Entry to a job in this field requires a BA degree or a Diploma Certificate Course. But if someone wants to become a professor, then she has to clear NET examination followed by a stint as an Assistant Professor.
What is the range of remuneration one can expect when starting out in your line of career & industry?
Describe your work as a Yoga Instructor?
The work doesn’t seem like work to me, so I don’t keep a count of working hours and days. It is part of me and keeps me healthy. I just go to different places and perform yoga and teach students. I also take lectures.
Overall, I usually work for 7 hours a day, 6 days in the week. I keep Sunday as a holiday.
What are some of the positives, which would encourage someone to consider Yoga as a career?
There are many plus points like: –
- You yourself stay healthy while doing your job and also help others get healthier.
- This job allows me to meet several different people and they all respect me for the help I provide.
- Overall, I feel alive.
- It helps me earn good money without much expenditure.
- There is lot of scope as humans are getting more health conscious.
What are some of the challenges that you would want someone to be aware of when considering Yoga as a career?
While starting out, the challenge is to setup your practice and that requires hard work and dedication.
Later in life, the challenge is to keep yourself fit. For example- a person needs to be healthy by body-weight proportion so as to be able to perform all the yoga asans.
This profession is not meant for people who are shy or introvert, because to be successful, one requires good communication skills and inter-personal skills.
What are the relevant trends/skills/technologies that are currently commanding premium in your job profile?
It is highly recommended to combine yoga course with Naturopathy, Acupressure and Nutrition courses to get best results.
What kind of person would be happy in your career?
A person who cares for her health and can eat right. A person who likes to lead a balanced and peaceful life. Though, this job does not demand much, but discipline is very important.
It is most welcoming for those who want to work for humanity and are spiritual.
Given another choice, what would you do differently as far as your professional selections are concerned?
If not yoga, I would have been a chef, because I am very good at it.
What would be your advice to students or professionals who are just starting their journey on a path similar to yours?
This field of work is very popular, but we have very less skilled people. So, if you have keen interest in physical and mental well-being, you should pick up this profession.