“I still remember the day when my sports teacher told me that having hit puberty, I wouldn’t be able to participate in athletic meets regularly like earlier. Although I still can’t comprehend why I took it seriously, that incident made me so shy, I did not step out and play despite wanting to exhaust a volcano of energy lying dormant within. I completely restricted myself in the belief that it wasn’t feminine to sweat.
But I’ve always been an active child with abundant energy levels. I still have fond memories a jungle-like playfield from pre-school, with a setup for toddlers to swing and run around to their heart’s content. All that felt completely unrelatable for a while when my body became drop-dead weak after every menstrual cycle and I had to get IV fluids every month to even function normally.
Nevertheless, after a hiatus of around 7 years, I attempted and got back to training properly. This was around the time I was in an engineering college, following the footsteps of most eighteen-year-olds. But the curriculum there never interested me and about four semesters in, I decided to take a gap year to truly understand what I was passionate about. I explored different internships and volunteering programs, all of which were thoroughly exhilarating. Not to mention, the gap year helped me discover my tryst for Yoga as a full-fledged training medium. It opened my mind to a world of perspectives on life, the purpose of our existence and more. With time I realized that Yoga had more to do with one’s mental well being than physical and that helped me develop the discipline to pursue all my interests with utmost focus and intensity. These little learnings aided me abundantly when I finally changed streams to pursue cognitive computing and philosophy.
Today, in hindsight, I can vouch that my learning has happened mostly outside of classrooms. Going forward, my goal is to fuse my innate passion for inventing and fitness, to create wearable technology that is advanced enough to assess and provide adequate, real-time feedback on various forms of training.”
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