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When I asked the 24-year-old yoga instructor if she feels any pressure to remain upbeat at all times, she takes a moment to think. After all, being a wellness coach for eighty four thousand followers (or supporters; as Noel puts it) on Instagram and hundreds in real life is no mean task. “I do. I’ve been trying to battle depression, which has crept back into my life. But now I know how.....
When I asked the 24-year-old yoga instructor if she feels any pressure to remain upbeat at all times, she takes a moment to think. After all, being a wellness coach for eighty four thousand followers (or supporters; as Noel puts it) on Instagram and hundreds in real life is no mean task. “I do. I’ve been trying to battle depression, which has crept back into my life. But now I know how to deal with it better.”
Knowing about Noel’s depression only reiterates the fact that hardship is a part and parcel of life, and that a mental health issue such as depression oft repeats itself in one’s lifetime, maybe a number of times. We only learn to deal with the challenges better.
In Noel’s case, introspection helps her. “Prod deeper into your subconscious to find the root cause of your uneasiness.” She talks to herself constantly, trying to rationalise her thoughts and face her fears. To begin with, why not look at your reflection in the mirror every morning and say, “I love you?” But the yogini adds, “the catch here is that you have to train your mind into believing that you are worthy of love.” And that, my friend, is a challenge.
It took Noel most of her childhood and early 20s to get comfortable with her body. She saw her mother burn herself at three. She saw abusers violate her body at seven. She blamed herself for her mother’s death. She cut herself to numb the inner pain of shame. She was caught in a rabbit hole of feeling worthless and inconsequential, which are a few common symptoms of depression. What helped her? Dance. The yogini found solace in the rhythmic movements of contemporary dance that brought balance to her life. But an untreated knee injury stalled the practice, eventually leading her to pursue yoga instead.
She started watching Youtube videos, and enrolled in The Yoga Institute, Santa Cruz East (a 3-month course), Ashtanga Vinyasa, Mysore (1 month) and Mystic Rose Meditation, Goa (21 days), and started teaching dance yoga. From taking private sessions to workshops, she started posting videos on social media to reach out to as many people as possible. Her message to her supporters has always been that of loving and putting yourself first. In her words, “You are your biggest mystery. Go, find yourself. And, you will realise, that you’re magnificent.”
Today she is one of the most popular yoga practitioners in the city. Famed not just for her inspiring poses but also her uplifting messages; she currently teaches at The Yoga Institute in Santa Cruz (East) and Future School of Performing Arts (Kalina).
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