Here's why Shilpa Shetty skipped yoga event at Rajpath

  • Susan Jose, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jun 21, 2015 09:15 IST

On International Yoga Day, Shilpa Shetty— one of the most glamorous faces to represent the ancient Indian practice — tells us why she could not be part the mass demonstration of yoga to be led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Rajpath. "I have already committed to be at the Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru for a Yoga Day event organised by the chief minister of Karnataka, Siddaramaiah, so I won’t be able to make it to Delhi," the actor said.

"I took up yoga many years ago due to my spondylitis problem. At that time, it was just one more treatment along with physiotherapy sessions. But then I realised that instead of carrying weights, yoga is something that I can do by just balancing my own body weight. It made me feel better than other forms of exercises and also made me happier," says Shilpa.

The actor say that now, she can’t go a day without doing yoga. "Although earlier, I had combined other forms of exercise to lose my post-pregnancy weight, nowadays I practise only yoga. I spend at least 10 minutes every day doing pranayam."

Although the actor has been practising yoga for more than 14 years now, her sister Shamita Shetty has only started it recently. "Shamita took up yoga about six months ago due to some back problems. She had to start rehearsing for a dance reality show, so she had to find a solution for it. Today, she cannot stop talking about the difference it has made to her,” says Shilpa, adding, “I feel yoga aligns mind, body and spirit like nothing else."

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