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When the student is ready…

“I’m a success today because I had a friend who believed in me and I didn’t have the heart to let him down.” – Abraham Lincoln —- When someone expects you to do something hard, how often do you feel driven to do it? Not out of fear of punishment, but because: They set high…

When the going gets tough…use a safety net

I binge-watched 6 episodes of a Netflix series on Sunday. Almost 5 hours of TV. It was good, while it lasted. Eyes glued. The excitement of watching a thriller. Rooting for the protagonist. Hoping the villain would suffer what he deserved. —– And then after it’s all over, the eerie silence starts. Those open problems…

Komal Dubey shows us how to be “responsible”

Duty vs Responsibility. There’s a distinction. You’re doing your duty when you’re satisfying what the world expects from you. But you’re being responsible when you’re listening to your conscience and doing whatever it tells you to do. Or in other words, whenever you’re following your heart. —- Let’s say you’re a great student, always getting…

Stress is good

My writing tool of choice is called The Most Dangerous Writing App Here’s how it works: Let’s say you plan to write for 20min. Once you start writing, you can’t stop until your 20 minutes are done. If you pause for more than a few seconds, you lose everything you’ve written so far. Sounds stressful?…

The gift of dissatisfaction

“Why are you never satisfied? We can’t be happy unless we’re satisfied.” That was a piece of advice from a friend, who meant well. —- “Stretch a bit more Vaidy…Put your elbows down…You can do this..” That was Shilpa, my Yoga teacher. We were practicing the hanumanasa (full split). My thighs were screaming in pain….

Don’t trust yourself – book a Focusmate session instead!

Have you ever gone to bed planning to do something important the next day like…getting up early/practicing Yoga/writing/reading/studying/practicing music/spending quality time with family.. And then spending the next day carefully avoiding that important thing? And then going to bed the next day, once again..planning to do that important thing the next day? I’ve lost count…

Grow…like a plant

My teacher Vikas, shared a beautiful gardening analogy to help us understand the value of Pranayama and Meditation better: There are 3 things needed for a plant to grow well: 1. The quality of the soil should be very good 2. The soil needs to be prepared and ploughed well 3. The quality of the…

How a normal Yoga class became a special one

“I’m not feeling so well today. Can you excuse me out of the class after 20min?” I sent the above message to my teacher a few minutes before our 60min Yoga class was about to begin. “Okay” she responded. Fast forward 60min, I was still on the mat saying the conclusion prayer, the Shanthi Mantra….

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