'Yoga has had a profound impact on my daily life': Actor Ananya Panday

I dedicate at least 45 mins to an hour every day, she said


Q/ As a fitness enthusiast, you have inspired people to try yoga. How is yoga helping you?

A/ Yoga has a profound impact on my daily life. It is a healing process that helps me navigate physical and emotional challenges with greater calmness and less distress. I love how yoga cultivates a strong mind-body connect and brings a sense of mindfulness to my breath and movement. It allows me to truly connect with myself and others, fostering a sense of belonging and community. The practise involves stretching my body and exploring different postures while maintaining a calm and regulated breath, which leaves me feeling grounded and energised.

Q/ How many hours do you dedicate to yoga every day?

A/ I have been practising yoga for a few years now, and it has become an integral part of my routine. I dedicate at least 45 minutes to an hour every day. This duration is perfect for me to feel refreshed and invigorated. If yoga is the primary form of exercise, even 20-30 minutes of daily practice, six days a week, can yield significant benefits. For beginners, it is advisable to start with three days a week, and gradually increase the frequency.

Q/ What do you have to say to those who say yoga is an effective adjunct treatment to standard medical treatment?

A/ To those who question the effectiveness of yoga as an adjunct treatment to standard medical care, I would say that yoga has personally been a transformative experience. It goes beyond physical exercise and encompasses mental and emotional wellbeing. The versatility of yoga allows for different variations and modifications based on individual capabilities. It has helped me strengthen my core, improve flexibility, and enhance overall body awareness. While yoga can complement traditional medical treatment, it is important to note that it is not a cure for any specific disease or condition.

Q/ Yoga or gym? Which works better for you?

A/ When it comes to choosing between yoga and the gym, I believe both have their own benefits. As a young adult, I have found that yoga is particularly effective in cultivating core strength and mental resilience. It focuses on holistic wellbeing, integrating mind, body and spirit. On the other hand, the gym primarily emphasises muscle toning and heart health, which can contribute to overall body satisfaction.