Yoga is one of those "slowly but surely"
Hi, I am Sonakshi
I’ve been practising yoga since 2015. What started as a brief break from studies and assignments turned out to be a life long journey of self-exploration for me. Mysore, being the Ashtanga yoga capital of the world, seemed like the ideal location to be at and I packed my bags to the South.
I’ve been practising yoga since 2015. What started as a brief break from studies and assignments turned out to be a life long journey of self-exploration for me.
Mysore, being the Ashtanga yoga capital of the world, seemed like the ideal location to be at and I packed my bags to the South.
It was at the end of the semester at college that made me realise the true potential of this yoga method to relieve stress and sharpen the mind. I’ve been travelling to Mysore every year since then.
Ashtanga Yoga is a method of yoga that comprises postures arranged in six series. The first series or the Primary Series is also called Yoga Chikitsa or yoga therapy.
A sequence of asanas make a series and each series is designed to help practitioners to cleanse their body and mind and make them strong and flexible.
Why Yoga ?
Through it all, I have found Sonakshi to be a caring, patient and responsive teacher. She has pushed me to go deeper and challenge myself when I've been afraid of aches and pains, she has held me back when I've been in a hurry to learn fast, as she's understood where I need to build my strength. While our primary focus has been ashtanga, she has incorporated a lot of stretches and strengthening exercises into our warm up to help my particular needs. She's even managed to teach my almost 2 year old the basics of surya namaskar.
Being in control of your life can be hard when you are not in sync with your own body. My practise with Sonakshi has helped me immensely. Not only have we laughed and chatted and enjoyed our time together, but through our sustained classes I feel more confident about myself, and how I can recover from injury or pain, and find my way back to a meaningful practise. I would highly recommend her as a seasoned, skilled and empathetic yoga teacher.
After taking sessions at various yoga studios and still not getting the hang of it properly, I was about to give up. It was supposedly going to be my last shot, before switching back to gym for good. Attended a class with her and found everything which was missing in my previous trainings. There could be many people who have really progressed in yoga but at the same time, to be able to teach the very same thing to others is where Sonakshi excels.
My yoga journey is based on the foundation she created for me. Correct way of breathing, when to exhale, when to inhale, listening & understanding of your own body. Everything I owe to her.
I can’t recommend her enough. I’ve moved places, travelled world, met many yoga instructors but hands down she is going to be my favourite one.
2020 hit, and with all the free time on my hand, I decided to take online classes with Sonakshi. I was a little iffy at first, wondering how much could I even learn from being online. Sonakshi helped me build a foundation; she went at a speed that was right for me. She helped me understand the importance of each pose, the importance of yoga in my life. When she knows you are getting too comfortable with the yoga pose she will change it up. You will hate those days and ask her "why, why you doing this to me?" But, I promise you it will satisfy you once it's done. She pushes you to do your best even when you are feeling lazy. That is what I was looking for in an instructor-someone who is as invested as you in your health. I found that in Sonakshi because she loves what she does. It brings her happiness when her student achieves their goal. She makes sure the class is worth every penny, and trust me you will not regret practicing with her. Today, I can do a sequence all by myself and I am grateful to Sonakshi for that. So, don't think twice and just book a class with her:)
To say Sonakshi is a wonderful yoga practitioner and teacher is an understatement. Sonakshi carries beautifully the twin poles of discipline and compassion that I believe are crucial to a good yoga training. Compassion that comes with an understanding that each body is different and therefore has its own trajectory in learning. However this compassion isn’t sacrificed at the altar of discipline. As an ashtanga yoga practitioner, Sonakshi is not only herself committed to the discipline of learning and practicing yoga but also puts those efforts to cultivate and train her students to do so.
In the cacophony of self-care, sometimes we forget the virtues of routine, of learning the same thing, doing it repetitively everyday not with an intention to master it but to unravel novelty in routine. Learning primary series of ashtanga yoga with Sonakshi, made sure I connect with those repetitions, those disciplinary modes that are constantly under erasure as we relativize everything.
Yoga with Sonakshi brought in me an ability to hold still and let go even when being committed to a routine. I wish her more success, more students and hope that I continue my yoga journey with her.
I started off as a beginner but can already witness a remarkable change within a few months. She is very perceptive in her training and understands the unique needs of everyone. She has been a patient guide through my post-COVID recovery and helped me reorient my focus towards my health and well-being.
Apart from the physical transformation, the positive impact that Yoga has had on my mental health through these challenging months has been incredibly rewarding. Often, the classes are my favorite part of each week. It’s been a delightful journey with Sonakshi and I hope to continue for a long time.
As a teacher she grounds me, as she’s very calm and understanding. I also love how non judgmental she is - when I find some postures difficult she’s very gentle at guiding me without making me feel discouraged.
I feel at peace after our classes which is an unusual feeling in my mind as I’ve struggled with this feeling. I hope to continue with her as long as possible.