Hi! I am Payal, and I am extremely thrilled and honored to be the ICMH ambassador for the month, February-2014. I am glad that I have got an opportunity to share my story which, many of you may find inspirational.
My life took a different turn two years ago, when I decided to choose the path of yoga as my self-fitness activity and adapted it in my daily life.
As the regular crowd of Mumbai, a metropolitan city of India, I was a part of a fast-paced life, where we hardly have time to concentrate upon a single breath of fresh air. Most of the people tend to easily replace healthy food with the fast and junk food due to paucity of time allotted for cooking at home.
Like many other people in this city, I too had a very unhealthy lifestyle. Long working hours and excessive traveling resulted in inadequate and disturbed sleep pattern. This indirectly started causing imbalance in my hormones and resulted in low rate of metabolism. Obviously, such unhealthy lifestyle did not delay its gifts in form of back pain, chronic fatigue, frequent headaches, weight gain, and depression. At the same time I also started facing the symptoms of thyroid imbalance.
Then, I met up with a friend, a wise person, who helped me choose yoga as an essential part of my daily life.
Regular practice of asanas, pranayam and meditation helped me in my diverse ailments, which I was facing due to my unfit and unhealthy body. Yoga worked as a painkiller in my body.Specially the practice of suryanamaskar (sun salutation) lead me to regain my lost confidence, enriched my morale, and helped me to have a better health with flexible body. In addition, through regular practice of yogic meditation and pranayam, I have also become aware of interconnection of my emotional, mental, and physical levels. The level of self-consciousness has increased.
Amazed by the changes in my health, I have now diverted my career into yoga, and I am trying to make honest efforts towards bringing the awareness about yogic healing among people around me.
I would love to share that according to medical scientists, yoga therapy is successful because of the balance created in the nervous and endocrine system, which directly influences all the other systems and organs of the body. Yoga acts both as curative and preventive therapy.
My journey from unhealthy to a healthy person that I am today can be seen through following pictures.
This is how I looked before I practiced yoga
This is how I look today