Yogini Monica Sahu is breaking body image stereotypes with her yoga poses

Updated: Jun 22, 2019, 11:40 | Soumil Kamat
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    Monica Sahu is a fitness enthusiast who takes her workouts very seriously. Her Instagram account showcases various Yoga poses that she has perfected and it is a huge inspiration to scroll through all those images of her working hard to achieve her fitness goals.

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  • Yogini Monica Sahu is breaking body image stereotypes with her yoga poses

    We at mid-day.com had a chat with Monica Sahu and asked her about her journey into fitness. Here are excerpts from the interview

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  • Yogini Monica Sahu is breaking body image stereotypes with her yoga poses

    Q: What made you turn to yoga as a fitness regimen?

    Monica: I have always been fascinated by the concept of flexibility. My wish to try and replicate even the simplest of poses came to a halt when I could not find a fellow enthusiast at the gym. Most gyms want women to focus on cardio and some even promote weight training but most of them do not focus on stretching. Then I decided to take it as a solo challenge and started leaning from pictures and videos online. Posting my attempted on social media brought a lot of helpful inputs from the global yoga bloggers and that is how Yoga slowly became a regular part of my training."

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  • Yogini Monica Sahu is breaking body image stereotypes with her yoga poses

    Q: Why would you choose Instagram to showcase your struggles and successes?

    Monica: I had started training to lose weight but after a few months I was bored and wanted to stop training. That’s when a friend of mine, a fellow fitness enthusiast, suggested Instagram for not just inspiration but also to learn new taking ideas from international fitness professionals." 

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  • Yogini Monica Sahu is breaking body image stereotypes with her yoga poses

    Monica Sahu added, "Eventually, trying out my own ideas and sharing them online because of a regular habit. Instagram helped me stay focused when I might have given up. I certainly got a lot of positivity from each and every person who has been a part of my fitness journey especially the unconditional and unfathomable online support from my Instagram Fit Fam." 

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  • Yogini Monica Sahu is breaking body image stereotypes with her yoga poses

    Q: Some of the poses that you showcase on Instagram look pretty complex. How much time did it take to achieve the flexibility to perform these poses?

    Monica: I was naturally very stiff when I began trying Yoga poses but with time and effort it all became easier. With every success, one is even more motivated to take the next step forward. I have been practicing for 3 years now and it has been absolutely wonderful.

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  • Yogini Monica Sahu is breaking body image stereotypes with her yoga poses

    Q: How has Yoga helped you?

    Monica: It helps me recover faster from injuries and even prevent a lot of possible damage. Overall health comes from a happy, positive and dedicated mindset. Yoga definitely helps achieve this level of fitness.

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  • Yogini Monica Sahu is breaking body image stereotypes with her yoga poses

    Considering that the definition of beauty and being 'perfect' is firmly linked to one's weight, Monica Sahu has set off on a journey to be fit while breaking through a number of body-image barriers. 

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  • Yogini Monica Sahu is breaking body image stereotypes with her yoga poses

    We asked her what advice she would give to others grappling with body Image issues and Monica shared her 5 mantras to beat those body image struggles, here they are: Monica Sahu says: Fitness is not a dress size. Health matters a lot more than appearance

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  • Yogini Monica Sahu is breaking body image stereotypes with her yoga poses

    Monica Sahu says: Body positivity does not mean eating junk. Health is wealth and it must not be compromised at any cost, even for the joy of your taste buds

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    Monica Sahu says: Trolls do not deserve your tears. If someone makes you sad with their harsh words or judgemental behavior, it is best to keep them away from your life

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  • Yogini Monica Sahu is breaking body image stereotypes with her yoga poses

    Monica Sahu says: Success is objective. You have every right to focus on what makes you happy rather than what makes others happy

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  • Yogini Monica Sahu is breaking body image stereotypes with her yoga poses

    Monica Sahu says: Try and try till you succeed. Once you know what you want, do not stop until you achieve your destined greatness.

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  • Yogini Monica Sahu is breaking body image stereotypes with her yoga poses

    Monica Sahu's fitness mantra, "Fitness is beyond the hours we spend training, it is the journey not the destination that's important." Here are some candid pictures from Monica Sahu's Instagram account

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    Monica Sahu's Instagram account will leave you speechless. She is effortlessly flexible, super-confident about her body and absolutely adorable

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  • Yogini Monica Sahu is breaking body image stereotypes with her yoga poses

    Monica Sahu did her first headstand with the help of a friend when she was 89kg. She loves vinyasa yoga

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  • Yogini Monica Sahu is breaking body image stereotypes with her yoga poses

    Monica Sahu proves that fitness is not restricted to body size. How many girls with even a perfectly slim body are capable of doing a full-split? Not many, right?

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About The Gallery

Monica Sahu has taken Instagram by storm with her complex yoga poses. We had a chat with this talented yogini and asked her about her yoga regime and how she is breaking body image stereotypes with her yoga poses. On International Day, here are excerpts from the interview with pictures. All images/courtesy Monica Sahu Instagram

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