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‘My body is a temple’
Priyanka Jain, Hindustan Times
Mumbai, September 26, 2011
First Published: 11:46 IST(26/9/2011)
Last Updated: 12:28 IST(26/9/2011)
Singer Raageshwari Loomba was on a career high with four albums Duniya (1997), Pyaar Ka Rang and Sach Ka Saath (1998) and Y2K – Saal do haazar (2000) topping the charts one after another, when she was diagnosed with Bells Palsy. The singer recalls, “I couldn’t talk during that time, as my mouth was touching my right ear. So visually, I didn’t look anything close to how I used to. My loved ones suffered more than I did.” She adds, “I didn’t lose a day moping. I enrolled myself to train to be an aerobics instructor.”

The singer recalls how her parents didn’t allow her to call a private doctor to her home. She says, “In the hospital, I found worse-off cases of paralysis. It broadened my perspective on life.”

Now, Raageshwari credits yoga with her recovery. She learnt yoga under Zubin Zartoshimanash, a BKS Iyengar yoga teacher. She says, “Treating my body as a temple gave me my face back and healed me.”

About six months ago, she embraced another form of Buddhist exercises called Tibetan Rites and is now coming out with a DVD titled 5 Ancient Tibetan Rites, produced by Saregama. She says, “Tibetan Rites should be done with great love and care. There is great harmony in the rhythmic pattern.”

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