If positivity is the only way to survive a pandemic, then celebrity pilates trainer Namrata Purohit is right on track. From hosting live workout sessions with celebrities like Sara Ali Khan to organising a virtual retreat packed with pilates, to talks on nutrition and holistic living, Purohit has upped the ante of the scope of her work in these unprecedented times.
Purohit started her pilates journey by becoming one of the youngest certified Stott Pilates instructors in the world when she was only 16. Since then she has trained many young Hindi cinema stars like Sara Ali Khan, Sonakshi Sinha, and Janhvi Kapoor. She co-founded The Pilates Studio with her father, Samir Purohit — a pioneering space both in terms of training and equipment. But Purohit’s interests aren’t restricted to pilates — she has also trained in pole dancing, boogie bounce, barre, Electrical Muscle Stimulation (EMS), and scuba diving. She published her book ‘The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Being Fit’ (Penguin Random House) in 2015 and launched her music video ‘Flow’ last year, which talks about rhythm and movement in life.
Lifestyle Asia India caught up with Namrata Purohit to understand how the lockdown has changed her idea of ‘the good life’ –
What would you call ‘the good life’ as of today?
In one word, eudaimonia (Greek word, commonly translated as ‘human flourishing’ or ‘prosperity’. ‘The good life’, I would say, is what you make of it while fulfilling one’s potential and finding our meaning and purpose. Even in the current scenario, there are a lot of things that can make life good — this is a great time to work on oneself, to learn new things, and open doors we may have never opened before. In this time, if one is living and experiencing each moment to the fullest I would say we are living the good life. It is a great time to go ‘in’ since we cannot go ‘out’.
How has this idea changed for you over the past three months?
Honestly, I do not think there has been much change. I have always believed that life is what you make of it. This has been an amazing time to work on a lot of things I did not have the time for earlier. I have been taking a lot of classes online and that has really been a great experience. I absolutely love it and feel that it has also given me a chance to meet and train some amazing people from all across the country and world. I have also been learning different choreographies since I love dancing. I have been working on myself, studying, and learning new things. I am also learning Spanish and this too has been a lot of fun.
What does a typical ‘good life’ day look like?
As long as I have spent the day doing the things I love, with the people I love, it is a good day. Every day is different but typically for me, a day where I train a few people, spend some time with family, practice Spanish, study and get some me time, is a good day!
Your ‘good life’ recommendations for the following:
A wellness tip: I always say KISSS – Keep It Safe, Simple, and Smart
A fitness routine that has worked for you: Regular pilates workouts + EMS
A beauty routine that works for you: Sunblock in the day, light moisturiser at night, and under-eye cream
Places you are looking to travel once you can: Anywhere that I can dive!
Gadgets and apps that make your life easier: At the moment, just having a laptop is great as I can study and take online classes. Plus, music apps make my life easier and good.
Is there anything you’ve started doing about sustainability or the environment?
Nothing new that I have started, but I am very conscious of the environment and a big advocate about living sustainably. I do simple things in my daily life like put the lights off and never overuse electricity, rarely put the AC on, do not waste water, do not use plastic, recycle whatever is possible, use a menstrual cup to help the environment, walk or cycle wherever and whenever I can, use a bamboo toothbrush, etc.
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Self-care, self-love – what does this mean to you?
Self-love means choosing oneself, and when one chooses oneself, it is self-care too. I also think self-care is essential to living a healthy life mentally and physically. This includes doing what feels right, listening to one’s intuition, letting go of things you cannot control, and being kind to oneself.
Is there anyone you would like to emulate, someone you look upto when it comes to living the good life?
I think there are a lot of people living a beautiful life. There is something to learn from everyone. However, everyone has their own journey and we all have our own path to happiness.
What’s your main goal/focus this year in creating the good life?
To live life to the fullest and to be completely present in every moment.
Images: Courtesy Namrata Purohit