Says yoga expert and author Ira Trivedi, as she offers us a glimpse into her new book The 10 Minute Yoga Solution, and shares tips on how to make yoga a part of your life.
Ira Trivedi, a yoga expert who has undergone the Acharya training from the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre in Bengaluru, has studied and taught yoga around the world. She was also part of the team leading the first International Day of Yoga (June 21, 2015) at Rajpath, New Delhi. Being a writer, Trivedi has written a few other books before her latest, The 10 Minute Yoga Solution.
We talk to the multi-faceted feminist about her book, her yogic life and yoga for commoners.
Tell us about the book.
In one sentence — the book is a simple yoga routine. It is full of brevity and gives you the power to practise yoga. It also has a number of sections for niche yoga practice, comprising yoga for menstrual cramps, hair fall, weight loss, diabetes and other such specific purposes.
How did you conduct your research for this?
I did an extensive two-year research with different sets of people, testing the asanas across several sample groups. I was checking each asana for its specific effects on the body. I monitored them personally and sometimes some things didn’t work out. Then I would replace a particular asana. It took me more than a year and a half doing the research and then writing down the book wasn’t a big task. I finished that in around six months including the designing.
How is this book different from other books on yoga?
I would say it’s a modern approach to yoga. All the other books are too old-school and stick to the typical pattern. This one addresses the modern woman and man, just like you and me. It understands the busy and stress-filled lives we all live and thus focuses on relieving that. Also, I, myself, being a young professional, understand how crucial time is. So I have designed the book accordingly with very simple, easy-to-do and brief ways of beginning yoga. I believe it is any day beneficial to own a book on yoga. Yes, TV shows and web videos do help. But a book is something you can constantly go back to and have by your side while performing simple yogasanas.
When, according to you, does yoga begin to show its benefits?
It’s subjective. For some, a few minor effects might be immediate. For instance, you begin with a couple of pranayam exercises this morning and you would have an easier day. You will probably feel less stressed and get a good night’s sleep. Some other effects come later and things like weight loss, etc, definitely take longer, may be months, if performed correctly and consistently.
Your journey with yoga…
It was 15 years ago that I began my journey with yoga. I was into sports — tennis and squash. But I, like many other youngsters, always found yoga boring. Then I joined the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre and learnt the yogic way of life systematically. I learnt the art and even began teaching yoga in a few years. I also take online tutorials and am soon going to open a yoga studio.
What role does food play in a yogic life? What kind of diet must one follow?
Yoga actually controls your diet naturally. Your blood sugar and other such vitals are maintained by practising consistent yoga. This helps the body balance its energy levels and a person naturally starts eating better. Yoga works on your pancreas among other things and thus regulates your eating habits, without you having to force anything on yourself.
I am in the middle of an exciting new book, it’s about the 10-minute yogic diet. In today’s day and age, not many youngsters know cooking or don’t have the time to cook. We thus end up eating junk food. I have therefore come up with this book which lists some healthy and quick recipes that you can combine with your yoga practice to lead a truly yogic life.
A RECIPE FROM HER UPCOMING BOOK
- Almond milk
- Tulsi mulethi
(basil-liquorice tea bags)
- Black tea
- Boil some almond milk.
- Add the tulsi mulethi tea bag and brew.
- Add a teaspoon of black tea (based on how strong you like your tea).
- Add a teaspoon of honey.
- Your healthy and quick yogic chai is ready!
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