The Dalai Lama, when asked what surprised him most about humanity, answered:

“Man. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.” This always struck a chord with me.

I loved the chase of planning weddings and brainstorming at odd hours in the night for social media marketing. Having worked for these two industries, I can safely say I was doing just what puzzled The Dalai Lama. I was obsessed with putting in more than a 100% and could never put myself first. I ignored my health, my body and my own peace of mind. Born in Goa, brought up in Kuwait; processed food like chips, croissants, butter and jam, cakes and much were part of my daily diet. Moderation was a concept I never understood and pair that up with lack of exercise, I was on a journey towards self-destruction. You are what you eat they say, and I was just that. I was getting heavier and unhealthier by the day. This obviously took a toll on not just the physical body but my mental health as well. Coming back to self- destruction, after my second injury in 2014, I knew I needed some help with understanding my body. As a birthday gift to myself I began training at Leap Yoga in 2014 and never looked back. The minute I stepped on the mat, I felt one with myself. This opened up many more opportunities and gave room for new career options. At Leap Yoga, I met Vaishnavi. Her story and journey humbled and inspired me. After couple of classes with her and a few chats I shared my curiosity and goals with her. She urged me to pursue my TTC.

After successfully completing my TTC, I immediately began teaching and life changed forever. I am a full time fitness trainer that is thoroughly enjoying herself on this wonderful journey to learn more every day. Today, I can proudly call myself One Susegad Yogi. A ‘Susegad’ yogi is one who has every intention for peaceful living and all rounded harmony. This does not imply being under ambitious and not driven. It means being content with yourself and your mind. It is time we realise that encompassing contentment with a uncluttered mind is the way to life!

CRYSTAL DESAOne Susegad Yogi

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