For 11-year-old Khushi, one of the youngest yoga trainers working with Isha Foundation in Chandigarh, practising upa yoga came as a blessing in disguise.
“I used to get irritated easily but ever since I started practising upa yoga, I noticed a change in my temper,” she said. A student of Carmel Convent School, Sector 9, Khushi has been training not only youngsters but also senior citizens in upa yoga.
“I feel calmer and more peaceful since I started practising upa yoga in April this year. It really feels nice while imparting yoga training to others,” added the young trainer.
Khushi had learnt some basic yoga asanas such as surya namaskar about few years ago but upa yoga attracted her more.
Elaborating the genre, Khushi said, “It has about seven asanas. Hand and neck exercises are my favourite as they help in stretching your body and are easy to perform.”
Khushi was inspired to do yoga by her mother Bhawna Garg, an IAS officer posted with the UT administration. Her father Ajoy Sharma is also an IAS officer.
Khushi said, “My mother learnt yoga from the Isha Foundation. When she used to perform asanas, I would wonder as how they help in one’s life. Then my mother asked me to join yoga in April this year. I attended a workshop and I have been training others soon after that.”
Khushi had recently conducted a session for 80 students in Snehalaya. Khushi says that she holds yoga classes for schoolchildren, corporate employees and residents.
She says that children should do yoga as it helps one in their daily routine. Upa yoga is good for all age groups, especially children as it helps in improving concentration. Neelam Chander, a volunteer with the Isha Foundation, said, “I remember that Khushi had come with her mother to attend a four-hour session and inquisitively asked several questions about the benefits of upa yoga.”
“She was curious to know the benefits of yoga and eventually started doing it. Now, she has been regularly performing yoga asanas,” her mother Bhawna Garg said.