“Yoga is Better than Gym”


“Yoga is as relevant now as it has ever been” says Nidhi Minocha who has been a Yoga practitioner for over fifteen years of her life, in an interview with Subhadrika Sen

“Yoga is not just repetation of few postures – it is more about the exploration and discovery of the subtle energies of life.” -Amit Ray

Mrs. Nidhi Minocha

Yoga is an art and science of healthy living. With stress levels soaring high and everyone haunted by pressures of life; yoga is a medium to attain calmness in mind, body and soul. Yoga practitioner Nidhi Minocha has attained both, her gym instructor qualifications YMCA (2005) and her British Wheel of Yoga diploma (BWY).  She is an avid sports enthusiast and particularly enjoys rock climbing and skiing. She takes her own local classes in Sale as well as one-to-one private classes and small groups. She has worked with a variety of people and groups including the Sale Fire Men to the Elderly and the multinational companies to Karate centres. She lives in Sale with her husband and three children.

Here are the extracts from the interview. . . .

  1. What attracts you towards yoga?

Yoga has been part of my life since my mother introduced me to it, and my love of teaching has been encouraged by the inspirational Jacqui Brown. I’ve spent a lot of time working in the personal fitness industry, but since starting a family I realized the importance of finding quiet spaces and making the most of them. This new found ‘space’ allowed me the flexibility to really embrace my passion and start a new career in fitness and yoga. I feel blessed to be working in something that I’m so passionate about, alongside inspiring practitioners like Sarah Beck and Emma Lloyd.

  1. How long have you been practicing yoga?

Over 15 wonderful and fun filled years

  1. Why is Yoga important in contemporary times?

Today’s society is increasingly affected by stress and ill health, mental and physical. Learning more about balance and the sense of peace that yoga brings can make a real difference to all of those things. I’d say yoga is as relevant now as it has ever been!

  1. Do you have any memorable experience as a teacher?

I think going into the fire service and teaching the firemen was a memorable experience. In the middle of teaching they all left me at a sound of a bell. I waited till they came back from their call of duty and continued from where we took off. All my friends wanted to be yoga teachers, all of a sudden…

Teaching the Indian Seniors was very satisfying and they all had a good laugh at me as I attempted to translate in Hindi with a British accent. They are so open- minded to yoga, and they have a real understanding of the benefits that yoga can offer.

  1. How many students do you have?

I have over 100 students throughout my teaching week, and this is growing daily. I also have many followers who I am in touch with via Facebook and my Webpage.  Check out my facebook: https://www.facebook.com/yogawithnidhi/

  1. Do you think yoga is a safer and better option than going to the gym?

Absolutely! My teaching style centers around the health benefits yoga can bring to people of all ages and all levels of fitness. But, like the gym, it has to be practiced responsibly: certain positions and breathing techniques can be problematic for some, so it’s important to be taught by a qualified yoga teacher affiliated to The British Wheel of Yoga or Yoga Alliance.

  1. Do you think there is relevance for yoga in the lives of teenagers in contemporary times?

I believe that yoga is a powerful step towards well-being for everyone, whatever their age. I notice that teenagers are subject to particular pressures however – exam pressure, peer pressure, and the anxiety these issues bring. Teen yoga can rewire teenagers and help guide them towards the importance of being centered in a more meaningful and long-lasting way than mainstream paths. Yoga brings color and flavor into their lives; it encourages them to talk about and embrace the physical changes their bodies go through during teenage years; it provides them with a philosophical framework on which to ground themselves, and shapes their journeys in the coming years.

  1. What kind of age groups do you work with?

Yoga has no age limits. It is all inclusive!

  1. What is Chair Yoga?

 A gentle style of yoga you can do from a (mostly) seated position that incorporates the breathing and mind-body benefits of a traditional class. Whether you’re in a confined space, you have mobility issues, or you’re just looking for a few stretches you can do to feel good and help relieve tension; a series of seated yoga exercises can be a great addition to your daily routine.

  1. How do you look into the specific needs of each of your clients?

I ask all my clients to fill out a healthcare questionnaire, and I always ask them if they have any injuries before we begin our session; that way, I am able to incorporate any variations that are required. Over the course of yoga sessions though, I learn more and more about students – I work on building good working relationships so each client gets the very best from yoga.

  1. How different is Indian Yoga from what you practice?

If you are talking about how Indians practice yoga compared to in the West, this differs from place to place and people to people. With so many disciplines and styles of yoga, it is a matter of finding the right teacher and style of yoga that works for you. A bit like finding the right hairdresser or dentist that suits you.

12. What are your future plans in this direction?
I want to continue spreading the benefits of yoga throughout my life through classes, workshops and retreats. I am currently involved in a really exciting workshop project with Emma Lloyd called the Wizard of Om – ‘Explore the power of sound & Mantra in the practice of Asana, Pranayama’ on the 12th June. For more details please email (limited spaces so booking early is advised):  yogiemma20042003@yahoo.co.uk (quoting ref: asianliteNSM)
I am also involved with an amazing charity called the Magic Bus which is a huge exciting project coming to Manchester.  I would love to go out again to teach yoga to the children of this charity. The Duchess recently visited this charity on her visit to India.
13. Would you like to say anything to our readers?
Go out there and start practicing, you’ll never look back! Make sure you find a qualified teacher and one that is passionate to teach.  Through yoga you’ll find that we are all extraordinary individuals.  
Nidhi can be contacted via the following:
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/yogawithnidhi
Mobile No: 07956 444 102