Priti Sanghavi

1) When and how did you first start practising?

In 2014, I decided to take a break from my 20-year banking career to spend more time with my children. However, coming from an extremely busy corporate life, I know that I had to engage myself in some activity to keep myself busy when the kids were in school. I had a few things on my list and Yoga was one of them. I signed up for a beginner yoga instructors course with the only intent to learn ways to keep myself fit.

2) How you feel or what did you think after that first time?

As I progressed through the course, I started enjoying my practice and could see the difference it was making in my life. A pre-requisite of the course was to train other students at the training centre. Here, I had the opportunity to train students of all ages. This is where I started to believe yoga was a good way to make a difference in people’s lives. Training students in understanding the benefits and techniques to achieve the right balance in every yoga posture was my approach. This approach was an instant hit among my students, who had put sincere effort in their practice and this feeling is elating.

3) What inspired you to teach? And why do you continue to teach?

As I completed my advance level of practice, the institute chose me to become a mentor trainer. I had the chance to evaluate aspiring teachers. My focus and speciality has been  teaching beginners, children and senior citizens with special needs. I could see the real benefits yoga has brought to these groups. It is quite rewarding to see the joy on their faces as they progress. That joy is the energy that keeps me going.

4) How has your practice affected your life and perspective on it?

I believe yoga has made me a calmer person and taught me to take good and not so good in the stride. I no longer feel the constant need to rush to somewhere and learning to have a balanced outlook of life. Also, knowing that life is more about learning and sharing.

5) Share something fun about Priti.

I love travelling and exploring new places. My most recent trip was to the Himalayan region of India. During this trip, I visited Leh which was known to have the World’s most beautiful lake at an altitude of 17,000feet!