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

Nov 16, 2018, 10:30 IST
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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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    We at mid-day.com had a chat with the wonderful lady and asked her about her journey into fitness. Here are excerpts from the interview

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    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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    Monica chose to use a social media platform to tell people across the world how she was progressing on her fitness journey.

    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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    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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    Some of the poses that Monica showcases on her Instagram look pretty complex, and we asked her: 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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    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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    Considering that the defination 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. We asked her what advice she would give to others grappeling with body Image issues and Monica shared her 5 mantras to beat those body image struggles, here they are

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    Monica says: FITNESS IS NOT A DRESS SIZE -- Health matters a lot more than appearance

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    Monica 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 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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    Monica 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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    Monica says: TRY AND TRY UNTIL YOUR SUCCEED -- Once you know what you want, do not stop until you achieve your destined greatness.

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    Monica'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 captioned this image as:  My #VEGETARIAN Experience with #TROLLING. I stopped eating meat in end of Oct 2017 to end of January 2018 as an experiment to see what works for me... She goes on to list all the pros and cons of being a vegetarian 

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    Monica Sahu captioned this image as: Days like this reinforced my belief that I took the right decision to follow my dreams with 100% dedication... Things do work out when you honestly work hard... Stay Focused My Dear Fit Fam... P. S. This is my first Mumbai visit when I am not behind the camera and what better way to begin a new journey...

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    Monica Sahu captioned this image as: New Year's Eve is right around the corner...Party with Caution and go Trippy for GOODNESS...The mood you walk into the New Year with will stay with you for a long time... Choose Wisely and Live Healthy...

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    Monica Sahu captioned this image as: Childhood is an unfiltered phase of our lives...As we grow older, we start building walls around us, acting a way we think will best fit the social construct...We often refrain from certain kind of behavior that seems unacceptable to most around us... Adults are often frowned upon for doing things that were encouraged in childhood...Although growing and evolving is an important part of life, I feel that the innocence of childhood must never be lost... I wish for a possible future as pure as the untainted mind of a child...HAPPY CHILDREN'S DAY MY DEAR FIT FAM...

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    Monica Sahu captioned this image as: When you find an unexpected blooper frame that seems better than perfection

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    Monica Sahu: I believe walking can be so much more than "CARDIO" and shoes can be so much more than a gear...
    We often choose a path to walk on even after knowing it will be difficult...
    Our shoes are the companion we rely on even when we know it is not even a part of our own self...
    We do endless searches to get the best match for our feet yet we often get sidetracked by the looks and the shine...
    Sometimes we even compromise on the conform just because it looks Great...
    But let's face it, pretty things seldom last long... Some shoes give you great support and help you walk in the right direction while others just make you tumble and crash... We often justify a bad choose of shoes pointing out it's other merits like Beauty, Versatility and COST...
    In the long list of excuses we often forget that the we needed the shoes to give companionship to the feet that help us walk to our goals...
    We change our entire outlook just to fit into this one aspect that makes us look or feel happier even if it becomes a menacing matter within...
    We all own that one pair of shoes that keeps getting untied every five minutes and after a while you are too tired to BEND for it... #PunIntended
    I hope this post makes you feel a little better knowing that we all sometimes choose the WRONG shoes for the RIGHT path to walk on...
    It may not be easy to do this but Maybe it is time to pick the right shoes for yourself; the one that truly FITS you without changing your whole world...
    And who knows, maybe the right shoes will bring smiles to your feet and your heart...
    CARDIO was one of the reasons why we started walking with those shoes isn't it???
    Time to take care of your heart... #cardio #hearthealth #mentalhealth #happiness

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    Monica Sahu: The Birthday Look. #28th #birthday #fashion #naturalhairstyles #ootn

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    Monica Sahu: Good Morning Fit Fam... #allblack #fitlifestyle #mirrorselfie

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    Monica Sahu: Wearing something more than once is LOGICAL !!! Posting a repeat outfit is PRAGMATIC !!! Clicking in random locations is MILLENNIAL !!! #fashion #blackdress #boots #weekendvibes

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    Monica Sahu: One of the best experiences at @hyattregencydelhi... Amazing service from the entire team, specially from Mohit, Deepak and Chef Jaspreet... They heard that it is my dad's birthday while we were leaving and they rushed to get us a lovely cake for celebrating... They even got me whatever I needed as per myDiet... I'm very impressed with their eye for detail, service quality and simple hearty consciousness that is often missing in many places... Kudos Team @hyattregencydelhi... My family and I had an amazing time today... Keep Excelling... #birthdayboy @tsahu1954 #birthday #celebration #hyatt #dinnerdate #familytime #dadsbirthday #happyvibes #happiness #healthiswealth

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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. Here are excerpts from the interview with pictures. All images/courtesy Monica Sahu Instagram

 

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