If you thought to be a yoga instructor is about a few certifications, think again. Meet Chandana Bhowmick – the lady who has been practicing yoga for more than a decade now. Yoga is not just her passion – she has managed to take it to a different realm altogether with her grit, perseverance and indomitable spirit. Her zeal to learn even more each day and spread the knowledge of yoga across the world deserves nothing less than a standing ovation. Read here for some heart-warming inspiration.
She is a Level 2 authorized instructor from the venerable, Shri K Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute, Mysore. She also graduated from The Yoga Institute, Mumbai ( It’s the world’s oldest yoga school) in April 2011.
Tell us something about yourself
I am from Jamshedpur, India. As a child I always had a world of my own, the moment I would see my reflection, I would start dancing: pointing my toes, doing splits like a ballerina. Yes, I am very passionate about dancing and was very close to pursuing dance as a career. Thanks to my Dad, he had inculcated the values of discipline, eating right, hard work and the value of being a kind human being. Wake up time was 4:30 AM, junk food never bothered us ( we were happy stealing food from our grandma’s kitchen ) and was always told to respect everybody irrespective of what they do or who they are.
As an adult, I find these learning’s have shaped me into a very strong woman. I value time, every second signifies change and change is constant and very powerful, I respect my body, so choice in terms of food and lifestyle was never difficult, this is what I want to do. Being kind is an immense strength, in woman kindness adds the softness of Shakti to our power.
I am a firm believer of magic – the magic of love, prayers, gratitude, knowledge, belief, patience and love. I will be a constant seeker and traveler but yes when its time, I will come back to a place that will be my home.
How did you decide to take up yoga as a career
I was in the corporate sector, it may sound cliché but the rat race seemed very empty for me. It was like associating self-worth only to a position and the salary. I wanted to grow as a human being.
Yoga has been a part of my life since 2000. I have always been interested in health and fitness and Yoga offers much more than that. It shows you your inner self, your flaws, strength – the raw form of you. When you start knowing yourself, the entire world changes. This is what I like about my study ( yes I am still a student and will be forever). It is very powerful. I believe that knowledge per se is of no value if one hoards such a valuable treasure with oneself. One has to share the knowledge of Yoga.
Did you face any personal challenges in your life? If yes, how did you turn it around? Do you think it has helped you become a better individual today?
Well who hasn’t? Apart from life-threatening accidents ( I once met with a road accident ) to being bionic with metal and screws in my ankle, the biggest challenge was to get over my unsuccessful marriage. I decided to end it cause no matter what they say about the institution of marriage, one should not support or bear an abusive relationship of any kind.
This was a very emotional fight for me, but I have always been open about my story. This makes me free because I don’t wear a mask, I am who I am, I feel what I feel, there is nothing to hide – its the raw strength of being completely open and vulnerable. Don’t you think that’s like tasting the sweet dew of freedom – freedom from anything fake ..
What are some of the challenges you face in your job/What is it that you dislike most about your job?
There is nothing really that I dislike, this is what I wanted for myself… but yes there is a social death ( I get up at 2:30 AM and sleep by 9:00 PM )
What keeps you going?
I want to keep learning – I am a student forever and keep teaching – help as many people as I can, the love, respect, and gratitude for my Guruji and the constant urge to meet my tribe ( individuals with similar purpose and drive )
What is one advice you have for anyone else wanting to take up yoga as a career?
Discipline, practice and keep studying. It’s a difficult path but be patient the golden results and fruits will eventually show up.
We at MyCityWoman, laud her spirit and wish her all the best for the future. May she continue to shine and inspire women like us!
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