Renowned fitness trainer Namrata Purohit, who is also the Pilates instructor of actress Janhvi Kapoor, Sara Ali Khan and Malaika Arora, among others, enjoys immense popularity and rightly so. Her Instagram feed is full of fitness tips that she shares with her fans from time to time. In an interview, Purohit, who recently collaborated with Adidas, tells us how to live a better and healthier life.
How interconnected are yoga and Pilates?
Although different, yoga and Pilates are both a form of exercise for the mind and body and both focus on the breath and the connection between mind and body.
For those considering including yoga in their busy lives, what would be your advice?
I believe yoga can be an integral part of life as it helps to calm the mind, tune into the body, and stay centered, grounded, and connected with yourself. Therefore, having yoga as part of one’s busy life would not only help the body, but would also be good for overall health and mental well-being.
Can you be kind enough to explain the benefits of yoga and Pilates to someone who is just starting out?
Being forms of exercise for the mind and body, they both work on various aspects of physical fitness. Some of them are:
– To concentrate
– Build lean body mass
How has this changed your life?
Pilates has definitely changed your life. It taught me a lot about myself, my mind and my body. It also taught me to appreciate what my body can do and to love it every step of the way. Pilates also taught me to be patient, trained my mind to stay calm and positive, and overall improved my outlook. It is now an integral part of my life and something that will stay with me forever.
What are the essentials for beginners in yoga and Pilates. And how should their mental space and food be?
Any approach should be holistic, personalized and personal. No two bodies are the same, no two fitness journeys are the same and so it is important to understand where you are and build from there. Having an instructor who can design your diet and work towards your goals is also extremely beneficial.
What do you think of adidas’ Yoga Make Space collection campaign?
I’m thrilled to be associated with Yoga Make Space from Adidas. It gives me a chance to leverage my strength in Pilates in a more tangible way. Also, with this, the brand started a discussion about mental health, which I think is a very important issue that affects so many of us and needs to be talked about openly.
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