Nadira Mohsin
KPJAYI Authorized Ashtanga Yoga Teacher
October 9, 2013
How it all began

My love affair with all things health and wellness began while I was in my teens.

I was always overweight as a child and this continued well into adulthood. Despite all the knowledge I had accumulated about food, nutrition and exercise, I could never manage to control my weight. Because of this, I often felt less than confident. OR…maybe it was because I felt less than confident that I never managed to control my weight!

Towards the end of my schooling career, I started thinking about what was next for me. NOTHING came to mind. So I tried a variety of things, some of which I enjoyed; others, not so much. None really stuck.

Finally, reality struck! I was engaged to be married and but yet nowhere near where I should have been in my career. Nevermind the fact that I did not know what career that was.

So, when an opportunity for ‘real’ corporate work came along, I jumped at it. Now, I could finally say to everyone that I had a real job.

Fast forward a decade later, I realised this wasn’t really the life I had envisioned for myself. And I know I am not alone in this. I was stressed, bored out of my mind, out of shape and generally dissatisfied. I felt trapped by my life.

The only thing that kept me going, the only thing that kept me sane, was my practice, which I fought hard to hold on to. It wasn’t easy to get on the mat everyday, but I did what I could, when I could.

Somewhere along the way, my teacher took me on as an apprentice and I assisted him whenever I could. This invaluable opportunity allowed me to get up close with students and learn first hand, how to assist and adjust, one body at a time. From here, I was able to hone my skills in guiding students. This gave me such as sense of satisfaction that I realised that this was one of the things I wanted to do. TEACH.

I believe that  teaching what I know of yoga will make the world a better place. Practicing yoga is a journey. If done sincerely and with enough patience and dedication, it transforms you. From the inside. How? Nobody knows. Not even you. But if you let it, change will come, as things weird and wonderful happen in you and to you.

About the author

Nadira Mohsin is a Singapore based KPJAYI authorised ashtanga yoga instructor. Having practiced yoga for well over a decade under the tutelage of Sharath Jois at the K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute in Mysore, India, she today leads a team of teachers at Singapore's Art of Yoga.