Ishu Gupta is a certified Yoga teacher specializing in pre-natal and post-natal yoga. She aims to support pregnant women in their pre-natal and post-natal pregnancy periods. Ishu strives to inspire people about the value of yoga and a healthy lifestyle.
Q) What was your childhood like? How did it help you build yourself?
Ishu Gupta- My childhood was very simple. I belong to a middle-class family. We used to live in Sirsa, Haryana. It is a very small town and life there is very simple.
Despite being in a small town, my parents ensured to provide me with the best education. I moved out to another city for my education. Later I worked in the IT sector for ten years. This helped me become grounded throughout my life because we had a very simple life.
Q) How did yoga come into your life?
Ishu Gupta- I was doing good in my previous IT job; there, I was a project manager. However, I never enjoyed what I was doing. I was always thinking of quitting. But I did not have a plan of what I would do if I finished. I was not ready mentally to leave it due to no backup option.
During my pregnancy, I had to leave my job. Even though I planned to join back but I didn’t. After my delivery, I was busy with my twins. After my pregnancy, I was suffering from Postpartum depression. I started doing yoga in 2020 as a therapy for myself. It was to help me feel better.
Yoga not only made me physically better but also helped me emotionally. It helped me develop a strong bond with my kids too.
Q) What impact does yoga have on your day-to-day activities?
Ishu Gupta- As I told you, I suffered from depression after pregnancy. When I started doing yoga, I started it with my kids. It helps me become involved with them. It started healing me, and things started making sense. I don’t teach my kids anything. They imitate me and do everything, but they understand the importance of a healthy lifestyle.
Q) You are specialized in pre-natal and post-natal yoga. What are its advantages?
Ishu Gupta- When I started yoga, I wasn’t certified, but when I did it for one and a half years in 2021, I thought to take it to the next level. Therefore, I did 200 hours of yoga teaching training. I have always wanted to do something for pregnant women and new mothers because I have a personal connection with the issue.
My pregnancy time, and even after it, was not great. I was on complete bed rest that whole time, and my delivery was also very difficult, so I always thought about it.
After my pregnancy, no one was to guide me that yoga could help me. I explored pre-natal and post-natal yoga and its benefits when I started doing yoga. I realized that by this, I could help other women too. When we see Indian society, most concerns are related to food. Nobody focuses on the physical and emotional health of pregnant women. In India, mental health is still not discussed.
During motherhood, a mother forgets about herself and is involved in the child. However, they forget that they also have to care for themselves to better care for the child. I experienced such things and realized I wanted to help other mothers.
Q) What would be your advice to beginners who want to learn yoga?
Ishu Gupta- There are so many myths about yoga. Most people think it is only for flexible people, or some think it is only for women, some believe it is only for young people, and others think it is for elders since it is slow. But that is not the case; yoga is for everyone.
Today there are a lot of men who are doing yoga and running a Yogshala. You don’t need any fancy equipment for yoga. It would be best to have a mat and your body and soul. You get flexible when you start doing it.
Q) What are the three best things that add value to your life after yoga?
Ishu Gupta- First of all, yoga connects you with yourself. You get to know about yourself, who you are, and what your life purpose is. You get connected to your inner self when you start doing meditation, mudras, and kriyas. Then you get to know how to control your breath and your mind. Your breath and mind start syncing together.
Q) What are your upcoming aspirations in the field?
Ishu Gupta- I want everyone to understand the importance of yoga, especially the younger generation. I want to feel this motivation in every corner of my life. I want to inspire everyone to do something for their body. To exercise, start running, do weight training, do yoga or do anything but start practicing something. Give your body at least one hour a day. Our body is a temple. We have to keep it healthy.
I aspire to fill this type of motivation in every corner. Each person I meet every day, I tell them to do something for their body because our body and our breath are our first friends. First, you need to accept your body as it is. What you are in your life, and then you need to always work on yourself. So my idea of my aspiration would be to motivate as many people as possible to start working on their bodies.
Yoga offers biological and mental health advantages for people of all ages. And, if someone is going through an ailment, rebounding from surgery, or living with a chronic condition, yoga can become an integral part of their remedy and potentially hasten to heal. Ishu Gupta is a dedicated yoga teacher who teaches yoga and wants to impart this knowledge and skill to others. She believes in self-improvement and that the body is the most important asset to a person and, therefore, should be valued.