As far as stereotypes go, a fitness enthusiast is supposed to have a slim body. For whatever period of time that we have known, everyone is required to stick to homogeneous standards for their bodies, and work towards an arbitrary goal. However, society in like manner expects that you will hide yourself away in case you don’t look anything like the thin model, and in the event that you’re amazing, and if you’re curvy, you’ll be shamed for even exercising in public spaces. But media professional, part-time chef, and yoga enthusiast Dolly Singh is killing every single such thought one difficult asana at once in her home city, Mumbai.
After a serious ankle injury, Dolly, who now advocates yoga for everyone to stay fit, was advised to lose weight for a speedy recovery. Before this, she had ignored the importance of a healthy, strong body, like most of us do by taking our youth for granted. She had to make major changes, for example, saying goodbye to a lifestyle with almost zero physical activity and a bad binge eating habit.
She tried working out in a gym at first, and did lose some weight, but it got boring after a while. She told “After around two months, I didn’t just lose weight, my body could sustain me longer. I became more active, I could sprint, walk long distances (up to 10km), and do a lot of outdoor activities. I got a new lease of life.”
One day she strolled into a yoga class, and hasn’t looked back since. Now she works out for at least an hour, six days a week, sometimes even seven days. She said, “The trainer (at yoga class) was actually very impressed that I could do a full wheel in spite of my weight. But for me this wasn’t unusual, I did not have to put much effort. I was this round girl who could do these postures that the so-called ‘fit bodied people’ couldn’t. I fell in love with yoga. It’s challenging and with every practice you can see yourself improving.”
Singh said she’s been a lot of great reactions from people. “A lot of positive comments have come my way,” she said. “Like ‘who says your fat?’ and ‘you’re beautiful just the way you are’.”
You can follow (#DOLLY SINGH) her journey on Instagram.
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