“Oh my God, I am back to square one!” I shrieked.

“And this time it’s going to be much harder”, the gym trainer said.

I was at the gym to get my body back in shape after almost one year of having delivered my second baby. After my first pregnancy, I gained a handsome amount of weight, but with hard training and diet control, I managed to regain my dream figure. I was very happy then, but today I feel like giving everything up. I don’t have the will power to reverse the clock and get back to that shape.

From my early childhood, I had always dreamt of a perfect figure. I used to try everything to shed kilos. Sometimes it worked, sometimes it didn’t. So, I was like a YO-YO; gaining and losing weight. After I got married and especially after delivering my first baby, I had completely changed. I couldn’t recognize myself in the mirror (as is the case with many other women). Even my engagement ring refused to fit on my finger. Alas! It was very disappointing and I decided to join the gym, which did help me a lot. I was on cloud nine and enjoying my newly acquired success, when suddenly I got the news of my second pregnancy.

Despite being careful throughout, I regained my fatty side back. This time around, I was trying even harder to get into shape again. In that journey, I realized that it is not the weight loss that matters the most but rather the fact that there are so many things one must consider while trying to stay healthy and still look beautiful.

At one point of time, I began to wonder what might happen if I couldn’t continue working out at the gym. I didn’t want to be a YO-YO again. All my life, I fought with extra weight and cursed my body for not being perfect like others. This was when I decided to reconsider my approach towards the goal of shedding those extra pounds.

I had heard about ‘Yoga’ before, but had never tried it out. Once I started practicing this ancient art, I understood the true meaning of yoga and was completely overwhelmed. Yoga was not just about twisting and turning the body in some position, but rather much more than that. It helped transform the most powerful muscle in my body – the mind.

As a woman, we always judge ourselves by looking in the mirror or by the comments made by others. But the truth is that yoga gives you power to grow up and look beyond all this.  Now I can say that I am happy being me.

Whether you are healthy, obese, or thin like a matchstick; you are best in your own skin. If you desperately want to change yourself, yoga gives you the power to do so.  As in my case, I always wanted to look perfect and yoga took me there. Not only did I shed kilos, but I also found a new myself.  There was no more checking of weight every morning and getting upset over it. I started getting pleasure in being fit again and now respect myself and my body more than ever. In return, my body gives me tremendous results by being more flexible and stronger than ever before. So even if I miss out my workout or eat some extra calories someday, it doesn’t cause panic as yoga helps keep me in great shape. As a woman, it is very important for us to look beautiful but with yoga on my side, it makes me feel beautiful on the outside as well as inside.

 

This piece was written by Kavita Chordiya.

Kavita is a passionate yoga practitioner who is also a mother of two kids. She’s a vivid reader who also loves to write occasionally.

 

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