About the modern yogi

Rockstar-Pink Hair, tattoos and rocking a power suit with sneakers. That’s the girl that commands the board room in a global financial services company. Building friendships instead of networks, taking time to have a conversation and help a colleague through a tough time at work or in their private life, even at the cost of having to work later to meet the rolling deadlines.

It is only now that I have fully realized that the lens, I see my entire world view through, is “different”.

The Sanskrit word Yoga, has its root word as Yuj, meaning to join or unite. From a ancient philosophy perspective, Yoga means a lifestyle that joins Body, Mind and Intellect with the Soul (Atman). Thus, a Yogi is one who practices a lifestyle of this union of Body, Mind and Soul. 

A yogi is defined, per Merriam-webster as a person who practices yoga, an adherent of Yoga philosophy or a markedly reflective or mystical person.

The four Yogas or pathways to Self-Realization according to the ancient wisdom of the Vedas, is:

1.    Hatha Yoga (physical awkward poses and stretches that command your body to hold discipline and thereby forces your mind to be focused on the moment. This is the idea of yoga that the Western world has incorrectly characterized to be the only meaning of Yoga).

2.    Karma Yoga (selfless action)

3.    Bhakti Yoga (Devotion and/or rituals)

4.    Jnana Yoga (The path of Knowledge)


Thus, an adherent of Yoga philosophy would be someone who lives the above paths, one or all and someone who is reflective and mystical.

Now that I understand the packaging and structure, I finally found the box I fit into, after all these years of not fitting it, being a rebel, preferring books and my own company over social circles, applying all these principles from ancient wisdom. My existential crisis has been averted, after suffering for all these years.

I am a Yogi.


By no means did I wake up one day, and proclaim myself a Yogi. No brothers and sisters, this was a 20-23-year journey, that started when I was 7 years old...

My latest blogs

Playing the Game, Dynamically

17 JANUARY 2021

“Success is the unintended side-effect of one who dedicates himself to a cause greater than self” – Viktor Frankl

As we venture into the new year, especially the work year, with COVID in full force in its second peak (in most parts of the world), it’s only natural that we are reminded how short life actually is and prodded to really question how we spend our lives, especially the part that is involved in work, earning a livelihood and ultimately our contribution to society. 


The Journey to Yogi-ness (part 1/2)

09 JANUARY 2021

“Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.” – Muhammad Ali


The Journey to Yogi-ness (part 2/2): The Hamster Wheel

09 JANUARY 2021

“Know thyself.” – Socrates


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