She is young, she is vivacious, She is energy personified. When you look at her, she will give you a dainty girl vibe. But don’t be fooled by her demure. She has the power to take on this world with her bare hands, literally. A self-confessed military brat from Assam, She is a multifaceted person. She can speak 5 different languages, runs three different blogs And can be found doing a handstand in the most exotic locations.
Be prepared to be awestruck by her flexibility & fitness. We present to you a blogger, pro yoga practitioner & a wonderful person here at ‘Sweet Talks With Rajlakshmi Boruah’
1. Tell us a little about yourself. We will love to know you more!
A military brat hailing from Assam, I have lived in different parts of the country, experiencing the essence of various cultures in India. I often brag about the fact that I studied in 9 schools (No, I wasn’t kicked out :P ) and know 5 languages. Most days you would find me processing travel photos, blogging about ‘smarty’ siblings, trying my hands at Paper Quilling or watching the world – upside down.
Travelling is my passion, writing keeps my creativity alive, Yoga is a part of my lifestyle and, more often than not, I end up setting off the fire alarm while cooking.
I strongly believe in Karma – what goes around, comes around. And therefore, no matter how small, I avoid negativity.
By the day, I am a Java Developer, saving web applications from dying (you see, a nerd can sound cool too!). Currently, I live in Sydney, with the love of my life.
2. Describe yourself in one line.
A whimsy Yogi, in love with life and all it’s idiosyncrasies.
3. When did your association with yoga start?
My dad is a yoga practitioner, the first lessons of mediation and breathing techniques were taught by him. Till today, unfailingly, he reminds me to practice Kapalbhatti and Pranayam. Since internet wasn’t available during those days, I had drawn the Suryanamaskar poses in my diary and used to keep it in front of me while practicing. As my dad always looked ten-fifteen years younger than his real age, I grew up believing that Yoga was the secret to youthful life. :) This was 16 years ago.
Unfortunately, I stopped practicing after joining college and now, after 8 years, I have started reconnecting with Yoga and trying to understand it’s principles.
4. How has been your journey so far?
Rejuvenating, to say the least. Yoga is a revelation, everyday I am learning something new about myself and my body. Now I believe, I have a better understanding of my weaknesses and learnt when to stop pushing the boundaries. This doesn’t just include physical fitness but mental strength as well.
While practicing Vinyasa, I have learnt ‘acceptance’, that I cannot force through things I have no control of. Sometimes the best option is to go along the flow, slowly.
Yoga has taught me to be mindful of the things I eat and the thoughts I process.
5. Do you believe that yoga can transform lives as claimed by some popular yoga guru’s?
I truly believe that Yoga, when practiced with care and mindfulness, can transform lives. Reduction of stress levels, improvement in blood circulation, better posture, strengthening of spinal cord, core and upper body – the benefits are many. Along with that you will learn to be more relaxed and positive.
6. Can you share some of your most enriching experiences?
I absolutely love sunrises, and to practice yoga, on the beach, as the sun slowly rises up the horizon, is one of the most beautiful experiences that I can never get tired of. I did quite a few of those during the summer.
Another enriching experience was when my husband and I drove to 12 Apostles. The place is magnificent and the sunset so stunning that I felt absolutely small. The vast endless ocean always has such humbling effect on me.
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7. What’s the reason that yoga is more popular in the west than in India?
Coincidentally, I have been pondering over the same for a long time. I see so many yoga retreats, free Hatha yoga classes, beach yoga lessons being offered here in Sydney which I never came across in India. But then, back home, generally Yoga series is being telecast on the television every morning and is practiced within the four walls. Also, unlike west, physical exercise has always played a second fiddle to formal education. So, I believe, a lot of factors could have resulted in this.
8. Yoga is mostly associated with weight loss nowadays. What’s your opinion?
Different people have different perspective. Yoga has so much to offer, physically and mentally, that even though one is practicing just to lose weight, I can’t imagine how they will not be impacted in other ways. Although, personally, I appreciate it more when practitioners talk more about the change that yoga has brought about in their lives than just weight loss and dietary regimes.
9. Do you also follow any diet or food items that you prefer to keep out of your kitchen?
I am connoisseur of good food, love experimenting with cuisines of different places, so strict diet isn’t my forte. :) Having said that, I dislike fries, aerated drinks, sweet stuff and have long stopped eating at fast food joints. In my kitchen you will always find broccoli, cauliflower and mushrooms. I think I can just live on mushrooms. If I am eating out, it’s mostly stir-fry vegetables and Prawn Laksa.
10. Three myths about Yoga that really annoys you.
Fortunately, the people I meet have great respect for Yoga. But few find it intimidating thinking that they are not flexible enough. Yoga has a place for everyone – from Beginner to Advanced. Each pose can be modified to suit the level of the practitioner. One just needs to breathe and go with the flow.
11.If given a chance, what’s one change that you would like to see in this world & why?
Tolerance!! As multicultural societies are slowly increasing, I feel it is highly important that we learn to respect the intricacies of other cultures. Being judgemental and insensitive to other’s beliefs and life choices, can never bring harmony in any society.
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12.Any word of advice of working moms, busy professionals & children who live a sedentary lifestyle?
I understand that sometimes it is extremely difficult to steal a few moments for ourselves. But, without generalizing, will power and few alteration to our lifestyle can go a long way –
A 15 minute stretch early morning, jogging to the bus stop, a walk around the office campus, breathing exercises, spinal twists, a game of tennis with the kids, swimming, skipping, most importantly – learning to go offline.
These are few changes that one can easily implement. I also firmly believe that there is no short cut to healthy body.
Thank you so much for the opportunity to talk about things I am passionate about. I enjoyed answering the questions and sincerely hope that you didn’t doze off while reading the answers.
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