A pilgrim, Yoga Therapist, Aspirant of Samkhya (an eastern philosophy). Shilpa GM is a South Indie from Mumbai. Holds a Bachelor’s degree in Arts with an array of job and life experiences.
Here is a self-descriptive exciting story of an innovative entrepreneur with a passion to promote India’s soft power of yoga globally.
I started my career at a very young age. I grew up with my grandparents. I still remember I used to run errands for my Grand dad and he would always reward me with a few bucks. That kind of boosted my self confidence. Growing up as a Y2K teenager, the concept of pocket money was already deteriorating with the boom in the Indian BPO industries. As a sophomore, I explored call centre jobs. It literally was a learning experience of my life. It instilled a sense of independence in me. After graduation I was offered a job as a softskill trainer at Infosys. It had an impact on my outlook towards career goals, professional etiquettes and business world.
In pursuit of a creative life, I moved to Mumbai in 2009. Started my career in fashion at an international modeling agency. To secure a first its kind designation as a Head Booker in India in itself was a trailblazing experience. The job brought luxe, perks and more power of course with challenges too each day, it was fun though. Having associated with Karl Lagerfeld fashion house models are special cherished moments of my life.
Rewind: As a child, I had a keen mind. I was an all-rounder. Good at academics. I was a Volleyball captain in high school. That’s where I started taking my physical education seriously. Through times, my interest in physical fitness has only grown. I was sought of a fitness freak. Working out regularly. I was physically fit but lacked mental wellness. That’s when I leaned towards yoga. My enquiring mind took me to right places and people. I learnt the Art & Science of Yoga from the oldest traditional schools & Guru’s. I have been religiously practicing and training Yoga for the last 9 years now.
With constant learning, practice and exploring the art of Yoga, I came up with this idea to start a one-of-a-kind Pop up Yoga studio called isana Yoga in 2016. The aim is to travel places and transform lives. Ever since, I have traveled extensively and trained myriad yogic aspirants across the country and globe.
isana Yoga offers yogic sessions studying the body type of an individual. It’s more of a therapy than just physical exercise. It is a unique combination of traditional Ashtanga and Hatha Yoga. The intense sessions are designed to enhance the body, mind & spirit. The sessions caters all age group. Any aspirant who is willing to enhance his/her health and lifestyle are welcome. The response from the aspirants have been overwhelming.
We have a trained and certified team who share the same passion for Yoga and life.
Amidst severe pandemic, we have been conducting online Yoga sessions for aspirants from internatinal cities like New York, Swedan, Dubai, London, Jhakarta, Bangkok including Indian cities like Mumbai, Bengaluru, Delhi, Kerala, Goa, Pondicherry, Benaras, Kolkata form a major clientele.
2020 has been a year of HEALTH (physical/mental) globally. The times we have been through has realigned our lifestyle choices. We had many turning to Yoga last year. I and my team members have constantly worked throughout the year teaching specially immune boosting, stressbusting yogic to sessions to our clients.
A recent expedition to Hampi (corona-free zone) in January this year marked my first physical Yoga session for a month with the aspirants post covid times. Thoroughly enjoyed the one-on-one sessions with the yogis. Look forward to many more. Hoping we sail through the pandemic times and open up to the world again.
A quick tip from isana Yoga would be “Inhale happiness and Exhale the madness.
In my spare time, I contribute my yogic knowledge to one of the leading Yoga Magazines in India called Yoga And Total Health.
1. How to protect body and mind in today’s stressed working scenario?
A. Like I mentioned above in my own story. Majority of the population thrive in building bodies and completely neglect the mind. We see people mindlessly running on a treadmill without even observing their bodies. Yoga is the only form of exercise to teach mind, body coordination & synchronization. There are various Asanas, Pranayamas, Kriyas to protect the mind and body to beat the stress if taught and practiced correctly.
2. What does isana YOGA has to offer for its followers?
A. Post pandemic times are crucial. Value for time and money and teaching the genuine art of Yoga is what we aim at. To gain one client is easy but to retain the one is where you know you that you standout. I’m proud that we have so far have retained our clients and the numbers have only grown.
3. How can one know what is authentic Yoga?
A. That’s the first thing that one should know before singing up with any studio or school. Today, what not is taught in the name of Yoga? I remember an instance, one of my clients from Stockholm, narrated her fatal experience where she almost choked, gasping for breath practicing Pranayama. It’s really sad to know that some people get trapped into some mumbo-jumbo in the name of yoga or end up getting trained by neophytes who may have or not had any experience of theoretics of Yoga. And also it’s on the aspirant to at least research on the topic before taking up the class.
There are major Do's & Don’ts. The principles of Yoga that should be strictly followed by its teachers and students. I have noticed how many studios and trainers wrongly teach Pranayama. Prana is subtle force in a loving being. You can’t mess up with the breathing techniques.
This is what isana Yoga team offers to its followers, we believe in propagating the authentic kind. We carefully study the body type and personalize Yogic sessions to the clients. Yoga as it means is a beautiful blend of mind, body and spirit and we promise that very experience to our clients.