Sometimes mom truly does know best. Because it was, in fact, the finance grad’s mother who first suggested she explore a life as an instructor while she was staying with her parents in Bangalore, India after college. But though she was filling much of her days with classes and training, “I felt that yoga was just for me.”
Eager to follow her dreams of modeling and acting, she packed up everything to meet with an agency in Mumbia some 600 miles away and, on a whim, the agent brought her to a Garnier casting “and somehow I booked it.” Suddenly, she was an in-demand face traveling the world as a model: “I loved every moment of it.”
Still, the idea of one day opening a yoga studio remained at the back of her mind and when she committed to a summer in New York City studying acting, she decided to enroll in a basic 200-hour yoga training. “Somehow my whole world changed,” she recalled of the sudden realization that she wouldn’t be returning to Mumbai or her model life. With only half a suitcase worth of clothes, she found an apartment and pieced together a living with freelance marketing gigs, acting jobs and, of course, yoga.
“I started my own business to help bring yoga and meditation to companies in NYC and co-founded a pop up meditation event called Mindful Morning,” she shared. “I’ve taught retreats in Italy, Haiti, and for thousands of people in Times Square.”
Which is when Peloton came calling or, rather, slid into her DMs—a chance message leading to her joining the team in charge of launching the brand’s yoga and meditation content. Her path has included more than a few twists and she embraces each one. “We write out our futures at such a young age,” she explained. “It’s your story; you’re allowed to change it. Reinvent yourself as many times as you want to.”