By Tulsi, Bollywood.com News Network
When we think of Yoga, there is only one Bollywood actress that comes to our mind. That’s right! We totally are talking about Shilpa Shetty…
She’s fit, she’s sexy, and she’s the original Yoga queen of Bollywood! And since yesterday was World Yoga Day, of course we needed to know what Shilpa has to say about it!
Here’s a brief chat with Mrs. Kundra, who recently turned 40, and still has one of the most rocking bodies of B-Town. (You gotta know her secrets!)
PM Narendra Modi invited you to perform yoga with him today.
I did get an invitation from our Prime Minister Narendra Modi, but I had already committed to being part of a public yoga marathon in Bangalore, where I will be doing a 30-minute yoga session in front of 25,000 people. I was in London for more than five weeks and just returned earlier this week so it was too late to make any changes in the plan. I won’t be able to go to Delhi but I will be present with our PM in spirit (laughs) because I love him and respect him a lot. People abroad have opened yoga studios and practice yoga religiously, but in India, there is apathy towards yoga. It is high time yoga is given importance because it originated in our country and we need to be proud of it. I think it’s a great opportunity for people to start practicing yoga and get some discipline in their lives.
For how many years have you been practicing yoga?
I started almost 14 years ago. Being an actress I have to always keep fit. While
doing weight training, I would do some relaxation asanas, as you need discipline and self-control. A few years ago, I had cervical spondylitis. That's when I seriously started practicing yoga. It helps in the healing process. Cervical spondylitis is not curable but yoga has definitely helped in preventing it.
What difference has yoga made in your life?
Yoga has become a way of life for me. It has made me more disciplined and has made me calm because when I am doing yoga I am also meditating and concentrating. I didn’t take up yoga to look good. I’ve never given a good figure too much importance. Fitness was my target and one of the things that helped me achieve it is yoga. Sometimes at the airport people come and compliment me for my Yoga DVD. More than my films, people like my Yoga DVD as it has actually changed their lives.
Do you think the gym culture has anything to do with people not practicing yoga?
Individuals have their preferences. I go to the gym too and do weight training and cardio. I have also tried different workout patterns. But, at the same time, I love doing yoga as it has worked wonders for me. I travel a lot and I can’t carry weights with me so I feel yoga is the best form of exercise.
Does your family practice yoga too?
My son Viaan does. He likes to chant ‘Om’ with me. My husband (Raj Kundra) can’t do it (laughs). He prefers weight training over yoga.
What message would you like to give your fans on World Yoga Day?
Like I said before, if you really want to lead a happy and healthy life then I thinks it’s time you practiced yoga. Yoga targets the mind, body and soul -- it’s this three-in-one practice. It is the holistic approach to life. It is a scientific way of being fit. It cures you if you are ill, tones your body, and keeps you fit. If you are unwell, you can’t do any other form of exercise but yoga. It is quite brilliant. You feel peaceful after doing yoga and peace equals to happiness. I feel yoga is the road to happiness.