The world of Yoga has embraced people from different nations, beliefs and ages. It has impacted, changed and influenced the fitness industry heavily. The entire yogic philosophy has transformed countless perspectives. Entire new branches of industry were born out of it and it took no time to establish itself as a synonym to the wellness industry.

While the world is shifting towards Yoga & Wellness, we had a small Q&A with a Yoga Instructor. She is making a difference by her love for the philosophy of yoga. With a motive to make people fall in love with the process, this short interview is especially a sign for beginners to take a mindful leap into the world of Yoga. Here’s what the Yoga Instructor Ms Chaitali Tulaskar has to say about finding your way to yoga.

  1. How did you find your way to Yoga?

My Journey with yoga started back in 2019 when I had just recently lost my dream job and needed to keep my mind occupied and keep my body from gaining those extra kilos due to stress eating. Little did I know that this journey will be a life-changing one.

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  1. What is Yoga for you now and what it was when you started it?
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Like most people, my main reason to start yoga was to maintain my mental health along with improving my body flexibility and without a doubt, yoga asana practice did successfully help me achieve my goal. But over the period of time my understanding of yoga has evolved, Yoga for me today is more “Off The Mat” than on the mat. You would be wondering ‘What on earth is yoga off the mat?’

  1. How does Yoga influence your everyday life?
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Here is where ‘Yoga off the mat’ comes in. The few important values the philosophy of yoga teaches us before stepping on the yoga mat are the Yamas & Niyamas i.e. the Do’s & Don’ts. These are a few basic values taught to us as kids in school.  To avoid violence, not just physically but to avoid self hurt mentally as well. To be true to yourself, your practice and everyone around you. To maintain purity & cleanliness of mind & body. To be content with what we have at the present. Because as we all are well aware, ‘Expectation’ is the mother of all problems. I know it is easier said than done, But a constant reminder to self is all it takes.

  1. What would you tell an individual who’s interested in Yoga but can’t find the motivation?
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Find yourself a favourite corner in the house, place a pillow and sit comfortably in any crossed leg posture (or on a chair) of your choice, keep your back comfortably erect and sit as still as possible with minimal movement and allow your eyes to shut naturally. 

The endless train of thoughts will continue (damn those habits) don’t fight them. Consciously bring your attention to the tip of your nose and observe your flow of breath or count backwards. (every time you miss a number start over)

Try to include this in your routine. Start with 02 mins and increase the time gradually. 

This simple practice will allow our restless monkey mind to settle down and allow us to think clearer in return reminding us of what is important. Preparing us & motivating us to start with whichever task we desire. 

5. Your personal motivation to show up every day

Being a lazy yogi (guilty) the best motivation to get me on the mat for a personal practice is a reminder of the calmness post the class, that feeling of a rejuvenated mind and a sweaty stronger body keeps me going. 

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6. How can one fall in love with yoga rather than just seeing it as a task?

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Yoga is all about experience and experiences vary. Yoga might not be love at first sight for you which is absolutely alright. Choose which physical activity or type of yoga works for you and makes your mind and your body happy because at the end of it Self Love is all that matters. 

7. One thing you’d like to achieve with Yoga.

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A quote that I worship is ‘Yoga is Mindfulness.’ Being mindful of our NOW, to be able to enjoy the essence of the present moment with our awareness one-pointedly on the most overlooked (yet crucial) action of breathing without the thought of ‘what should I have for lunch?’ 

“To sum it all up Yoga is more than just fancy postures on the mat, it is a journey of self-development which offers different techniques of self-discipline to tame our monkey mind to be in the present, to take a minute and observe the clouds changing colours due to the setting sun. Let nature remind us that Now is all we have, let us be more mindful,” explains Chaitali.  

Interior design is one of the fastest-growing industries in India. It is becoming a popular career choice and having a prettier house with trendy functions which people see on social media platforms is on the checklist of both adults as well as kids. As per Wikipedia – “Interior design is the art and science of enhancing the interior of a building to achieve a healthier and more aesthetically pleasing environment for the people using the space. An interior designer is someone who plans, researches, coordinates, and manages such enhancement projects.”

An Interior Designer goes beyond the technicalities to turn your blank canvas house into a personalized masterpiece home. Apart from technical skills, understanding what people need and taking an extra edge to go beyond their dreams and expectations is an innate ability of an Interior Designer. Today we’re in conversation with Ms Anuja Aakre from Sukriti Interiors. As we feature her work, she takes us on a journey of details in this short interview. The questions were a part of a Q&A held on Project Expression’s Instagram. Let’s dive into the world of interiors!

  1. Why do I need an Interior Designer when I can just see some DIY projects?

A common issue faced by interior designers these days is that clients research images from the internet and expect their designers to copy the same. Although sometimes it can be possible most of the time it may not suit as per space available, the theme which is chosen and the most important aspect – budget constraint.  An interior designer helps you to plan according to the space dimensions, requirements of the client, chosen theme and as per the budget in the best possible way. They plan out the layout, theme, colour schemes, structures, furniture and furnishing, lighting, decorations and establishments. Their knowledge, experience and contacts in the industry can help to make any residence or commercial space aesthetically, economically and functionally better than a non-professional.

  1. When to consult an Interior Designer for a redevelopment project or new construction? (What stage)

If you involve an interior designer at the earliest stage it will be helpful to utilise resources with proper planning and it can avoid redo of work, wastage of time, money and material. If building a house from scratch it is better to plan furniture layout and electrical points beforehand. Also, other things like plumbing or civil work etc. which are supposed to be concealed should be preplanned. An interior designer can work on this before it comes to life and avoids mismanagement. 

  1. Is it important to understand personal style from all the confusing terms like bohemian, industrial, traditional etc?

Yes, an interior designer should understand the style as per the personal choices of each client. Interior designing has many styles and some are also mixed matched of two. It is important to choose a style which you want to go home or to work in. Some may want a lot of storage space and end up making it cluttered and some may want to keep it minimal, some may like neutral tones and some may like bright primary colours. It depends upon the client’s requirements and how an interior designer can accommodate them in the best possible way.

  1. How to look for a good Interior Designer?

Nowadays it is very easy to get an interior designer using social media platforms. Whenever you contact an interior designer who is unfamiliar to you, always check their work profile and then proceed with telling your requirements. If their way of working, their concept, style and budget match with you then only one should proceed. There are many interior design studios, freelancers, big companies are available with their websites, on Facebook and Instagram. One can easily pick by looking at their work and making an inquiry. 

  1. I want to clearly convey what’s on my mind for my room but I don’t know how to do that?

Making a home is the most personal thing. We all have pictured how our house should look like. Convey it to the interior designer through sketches, pictures, videos or any other references and watch it getting built in front of your eyes. Consider telling minor details about why you want certain things in a certain way to make them understand better. 

6. I own tons of stuff and a lot of furniture and crave floor space. Are there ways to make it happen?

A room looks bigger as per the floor space you can see. If we put furniture which is wall-mounted, it can help the room look bigger. Nowadays mirror panelling is also trending to make space look bigger with reflection.

And even after this, it is always better to get rid of unnecessary clutter and move towards minimalist design!

‘Interior Designing is an Art that one designer creates on the dreams of the other. This art is personal, attached to emotions and nurtured dreams for many years. And hence it seems so fulfilling to be working in this field, says Anuja.

The dream of making any house into a home is possible for all. You’re just a phone call away from an interior designer to shape your dream house.