KUSHI SPEAKS“I was aged 10 when my parents realised that I had a problem with breathing. Despite having consulted a number of reputed doctors, no medications seemed to work on my deteriorating condition. It was during this point that I was asked to start practicing yoga. I had never imagined that I would build my life around yoga and its propagation had it not cured my health. Thanks to regular yoga practice, I am now completely cured of my breathing problems and have not fallen ill since a long time. I have realised that yoga can help shape a person’s life on a higher level, one that cannot be comprehended for those who do not practice. In the last 6 years, I have travelled to 6 different countries and various cities that I cannot keep a count on. Despite my hectic schedule, I have never felt tired. To my own surprise, yoga helped me gain concentration and better levels of understanding and as a result, I was able to score 91% in my 10th grade examinations. Without yoga, I believe it would not have been possible.”
YOGA AS AN ART“Yoga is an art form in which the mind, body and soul are all connected and act as one. While people practice yoga for different reasons, the effect it has on everyone’s mind, body and soul is the same. Yoga helps people relax and find inner peace and strength. While yoga does help strengthen the core and help people get fit, the impact it makes on your soul is amazing. When practicing yoga, you really connect with your thoughts and feel at peace with the world and yourself. You will never know how big of an impact yoga can have on you until you really experience it for yourself. The relaxation and calmness you feel after a yoga session is one that can’t be done justice with mere words.”
A BRIEF INTRODUCTION
Born on 15th September 2003, Kushi was a bright kid by birth and a natural learner. First introduced to yoga in 2013 at the tender age of 10 due to her health problems, Kushi has practiced, adopted and dedicated her entire life to promoting yoga since then. A quick and a passionate learner by birth, Kushi has participated in innumerable yoga events and competitions, bagging several rewards along the path. Recognising her unsurpassed excellence in yoga, the International Yoga Federation appointed her as the ambassador for International Day of Yoga in 2017.
She had also been appointed as the ambassador of Swachha Bharath Abhiyan by Mysuru City Corporation from 2017 to 2019. Her exemplary achievements in the field of yoga has helped her bag a plethora of awards from district level to international level and has been recognised by multiple organisations and institutions across the world. She has a phenomenal track record of winning back to back competitions and setting records on various platforms. In June 2017, the Golden Book of World Records conferred Kushi with a new world record for performing ‘most back plank recline cruncher in one minute - 14’.
The young yoga prodigy and the pride of Mysuru, Kushi has also been featured in one of the episodes of OMG (Yeh Mera India) by HistoryTV channel. She has also appeared in several television programs and talk shows on local channels across the state of Karnataka. However, she believes that the greatest moment of her life was when she met with the Prime Minister of India, Shri. Narendra Modi, on 31st December 2018 in New Delhi to submit her application to consider yoga as a mainstream sport. She still remembers and cherishes that moment when the Prime Minister referred to her as the ‘Yoga Champion’.
VISION FOR THE FUTURE
- To pursue yoga and naturopathy simultaneously
- To conduct scientific research on yoga and its improvisation
- To participate in as many competitions as possible
- To make and break as many records as possible
- To promote yoga as a teacher
- To discover a healthier aspect of life using yoga