Today we’d like to introduce you to Shruti Menon.
Shruti, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I have been practicing yoga seriously for a little over 1 year now. I was and still am an avid gym person. But back in 2016, I developed a knee injury which didn’t allow me to do any intense leg work and I was pretty adamant to make sure I keep moving, so I started looking out for other options. On YouTube, I came across some slow yoga flows that helped with injuries and that really got me hooked on the practice. After my first yoga session, I remember leaving my mat with a weird sense of triumph. I guess that’s what pulled me back to the mat again and again to an extent where I started trying to find excuses to make it last longer. Today, yoga has helped me with not only confidence but also with falling in love with myself on a deeper level.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Well, what is a journey without any struggle? I practice yoga every day, some poses come easy, but there are quite a few, I do find difficult. But that’s what I love about the physical aspect of yoga – it challenges me, makes me work for those poses, pushes my body to an extent where it feels good and at the same time it allows me to be playful at the moment.
If I have to talk about struggles, I would say, initially I would always compare myself with the yoga poses performed by experts. With time and practice, I did realize it was important to make my practice my own, as the physical aspect of yoga is just a tiny aspect of the practice. Our bodies are all different which makes our poses look different.
For women out there just beginning their journey, yoga is for everybody and more importantly, yoga is for everybody. Start practicing and don’t make excuses. You really don’t need to be flexible to do yoga, that comes with practice. Most importantly, learn to enjoy your journey without comparison.
So let’s switch gears a bit and go into your business story. Tell us more about the business.
I am a non-practicing architect based in Boston, currently focusing on Indian classical dance and yoga. I graduated with my masters from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where I met my husband of 3 years.
In many ways, the teachings and essence of yoga inspire my architectural work in many ways. I believe life is a journey of learning and somehow, I have been adept in balancing my work, my love and passion for yoga and my home – all the things that are the most important to me.
Sounds a bit cliche, but I am most proud of brands and organizations that have a purpose for the common good and not just commerce. My pride in them comes from the same space as my love for my yoga practice – which is inspiring people to do better and in the long run help our society.
Who do you look up to? How have they inspired you?
Women like Oprah, Ellen Degeneres, Zaha Hadid and Sheryl Sandberg inspire me, but the one woman who inspires me in my daily life is my Mom.
She is an incredible woman that has been my rock my entire life. She’s not just my Mom, she’s my best friend and I don’t know what I’d do without her. I always look up to my Mom because she’s hard-working, dedicated, driven, caring, a fantastic cook, motivated, honest, reasonable, understanding and intelligent. I don’t know how she did it but she has always managed to balance raising me with the house and a job while still making time for all those important moments.
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