A pilgrim, Yoga Therapist, Aspirant of Samkhya (an eastern philosophy). Shilpa GM is a South Indian girl from Bengaluru. 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 grand parents. My Grandpa always assigned me with work and paid a few bucks for my job. That kind of boosted my self confidence. I was a Y2K teenager. The concept of pocket money was already deteriorating with the boom in the Indian BPO industries, software companies back then. I took up part time jobs to refill my wallet. These jobs literally were learning experiences of my life. I worked as a Receptionist, Office Assistant, a call center executive. And finally landed at a billion-dollar company Infosys. It definitely had an impact on my outlook to business and work etiquettes. Studying personality traits handling situations, people accordingly is a quality that has helped shape my professional life.
Decade ago, I moved to Mumbai, in pursuit of a creative life. I started working with the very first international modeling agency in Mumbai. To secure a first of its kind designation as a Head Booker in India itself was trailblazing experience. The job brought luxe, perks and more challenges each day, it was fun though. Having associated with Karl Lagerfeld fashion house models are special cherished moments.
Rewind: As a child, I had an enquiring mind. I would always be curious to learn the know-how of everything that interested me. I was a Volleyball captain in school. That’s where I started taking my physical education seriously. Through times, my interest in physical fitness has only grown. Fitness freak, always a regular at the gym. I was physically fit but lacked mental wellness. That’s when I turned to Yoga. My enquiring mind took me to right places and people. I have learnt the Art & Science of Yoga from one of the oldest traditional schools. 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 an idea to start a one-of-a-kind Pop-up Yoga studio called Isana Yoga in 2016. The aim is 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 accordingly studying the body type. It’s more of a therapy than physical exercise. It’s designed to enhance the body, mind and spirit. It is a unique blend of Ashtanga and Hatha Yoga. The intense sessions are a combination of physical, mental and soul enhancing activities. The sessions caters all age group. Anyone willing to enhance their health and lifestyle are welcome. The response from the aspirants have been overwhelming. It’s always a happy feeling to enrich lives.
We have a trained and certified team who share the same passion for Yoga and life. Through the pandemic we have been conducting online Yoga sessions for aspirants from New York, Swedan, Dubai, London, Indonesia, Thailand and more. In India, cosmopolitan cities like Mumbai, Bengaluru, Delhi, Kerala, Goa, Pondicherry, Benaras, Kolkata form a major clientele.
2020 has been year of introspection globally. The times we have been through has realigned our choices in lifestyle. We had many turning to Yoga. I and my team members have constantly worked throughout the year remodeling mind and immune boosting yogic online sessions to our clientele.
A recent expedition to Hampi (corona free zone) in January this year marked my first physical Yoga session for a month with the aspirant’s post covid times. Thoroughly enjoyed the one on one with the yogis. Look forward for many more. Hoping we sail through the pandemic times open up to the world again.
In a current scenario, we have learnt that Health is and will always be the greatest wealth for the mankind. A quick tip from Isana Yoga would be “Inhale happiness and Exhale the madness. In my spare time I contribute my Yogic learning and tips to one of the leading Yoga Magazine called Yoga And Total Health for The Yoga Institute in Mumbai.
How to protect body and mind in todays stressed working scenario?
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 co ordination & synchronization. There are various Asanas, Pranayamas, Kriyas to protect the mind and body to beat the stress if taught and practiced correctly.
What does Isana YOGA has a final objective to offer for its followers?
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 us easy but to retain the one is where you speak for yourself. I’m proud that we have so far had retained our clients and numbers have only grown.
What not has been taught in the name Yoga?
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 schools 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 genuine form of Yoga. 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 aspirants.