Yoga was her calling and she left her career in Computer Science to pursue yoga and serve society thereby. An insightful talk with Nada Mahmood Khadem, owner of Pure Yoga.
Tell us briefly about yourself.
I worked at a private school for nine years. I entered many workshops on self-development and life skills etc. I am a member in two charitable societies: Alnoor Charity Welfare and Bahrain Development Society and Bahrain Business Women Society. I did my education in Bahrain. I loved the concept of yoga, and could sense remarkable positive changes after doing yoga. It heals all source of fatigue and makes you feel like a new person.
What is your educational background? Have you acquired any formal training or degree in yoga?
I am computer science graduate, associative diploma who opted to pursue the fields of life skills and self-development workshops.
What led you to choose yoga as your profession and path of life? Briefly tell us what led you to establish Pure Yoga.
I was inspired by our hot yoga instructor. After doing a hot yoga class I felt the difference and decided to share my passion for yoga. Yoga is good for what ails you, keeping in mind that it’s also a process.
How would you define yoga? How is it unique from other forms of physical training like gym exercises, aerobics, zumba, etc?
Most forms of exercise will only strengthen the musculoskeletal system and neglect the internal system, balance and mind. The yoga asanas or poses does not only strengthen the muscles and joints, and improves your flexibility, but it opens the body to a deep level of internal benefits. Yoga maintains the harmony and well being of the body and mind.
What kind of physical and mental diseases and problems can yoga heal?
Yoga prevents chronic diseases such as asthma, arthritis and diabetes. However, it does not cure diabetes, It just helps to control the sugar levels to normal. It aids to relieve stress, tension and strengthening and toning muscles. There are various yoga asanas that can cure lower back pain, headaches, migraines and indigestion.
What services does Pure Yoga offer?
We offer different kinds of yoga, i.e,. Hatha Yoga, Iyengar Yoga, Journey into Yoga, Kids Yoga, Vinyasa Flow and our core practice—Bikram and Hot Yoga. We also offer Zumba and Abs, Lower abdomen and Legs classes for male and females separately.
As a woman entrepreneur, what challenges have you had to face in starting up on your own?
One of the main challenges faced was finding the perfect location that is accessible for everyone, and relaxing and peaceful too. Allowing clients to switch off everything that occurred throughout the day once they step into our studio. Also finding the best instructors on the Island to provide our clients with the best service.
What are the simple measures in life that an individual can adopt to ensure less stress in life?
We live in a world where we constantly beset by all manners of demands and this often causes stress. These are some ways to bust stress:
1) Do one thing at a time: This is the simplest way to reduce your stress level. It is easier said than done, we often get so distracted with so many things at one time that you try to do everything at once.
2) Simplify your schedule: We are all guilty of this we tend to over commit ourselves. Having a hectic schedule can cause high stress levels. We need to learn to say ‘No’ to certain things especially if it is not beneficial to you.
3) Develop healthy habit: Do something to be active every day and try to adopt one healthy habit at a time, even if it is eating a veggie or fruit for a snack or drinking more water.
What according to you is a balanced life?
In this day and age, it is hard to live a balanced life as technology is at our disposal by a touch of a button. Living a balanced life to me is maintaining a healthy life. Learn to prioritise things from the most important to the less important. Take time to yourself to unwind. Even if it is just 10 minutes, read a book, listen to music or join a yoga class. Last but not the least, maintain a positive attitude.
What is your message to the youth of Bahrain?
As Bikram Choudhury said, “ You’re never to old, never to bad, it’s never to late and you’re never to sick to start from scratch once again.” I would like to use this phase as encouragement not only to the youth but to adults as well. Stay motivated doesn’t matter how old you are. If you believe in yourself then anything is possible.