Growing up in India, I was not the average skinny girl.
I played sports, ate like any other teenager but I didn’t fit into skinny jeans, I was told my legs were too fat to wear shorts, skirts or dresses. I was constantly teased and made aware of my physical differences from the average. One day, one of the boys we played soccer with mentioned how the earth was shaking because I was running. That was the day I could no longer pretend the teasing didn’t hurt. I left the field under the pretense I was tired and cried my eyes out at home. The next day, I decided I no longer wanted to give others a reason to tease me and the only way I knew how to change the situation was to start exercising. So I turned on the radio and started doing jumping jacks, high knees etc. to Bollywood songs. I remember feeling in control, empowered and really enjoying that feeling of catching my breath and the sweat! In addition, I was also attending my Bharatnatyam, Kathak & Odissi classical dance classes. But without the emotional support or formal exercise coaching, the physical and mental exhaustion with over training led to depression and an unhealthy lifestyle of eating “enough,” but working out even more. An unintentional battle with anorexia in college, landed me in the hospital for two nights for dehydration. This forced me to make a change again. I had to change how I was nourishing my body and exercising. Through self-education, I realized skinny was not the answer, healthy was! When healthy became my goal, the rest of life fell into place. Each time I have come across a new challenge, I have been able to work through it with overall health and wellness at the forefront of my life. Now when I look back at my teenage pictures, I can still relate because if it wasn't for her, I wouldn't be the person I am today and for that I am grateful!
Exercise was my savior from postpartum depression after the birth of both of my beautiful daughters. I chose exercise as my prescription for healing versus seeing a specialist for medical prescription (There are many variations of postpartum depression and the accompanying struggles each includes, and I do understand and respect that many women struggle with challenges that exercise alone cannot resolve.)
With my 15 years of experience in Corporate Marketing role, I am also passionate about bringing the benefits of fitness to companies looking to create more value and work-life balance for their employees. I also love giving back through partnership with It’s For Charity by teaching Pups and Pilates and Groovy Yoga events to spread joy through fitness.
I'm a NASM certified Personal Trainer, also certified to teach BollyX, Mat Pilates, Zumba, HIIT and AquaFit. I am certified to teach BollyX Cardio, Low Impact and Kids BollyX, plus I am a BollyX Community Mentor and Choreographer. There's no other Community like BollyX!
I currently teach all different fitness formats Virtually, via Private Sessions and at local Gyms in Dallas, TX.
I Love sharing BollyX with anyone and everyone!!!
BollyX member since July 2019
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