Do you get inspired when you hear -
“Follow your dream.”
“Listen to your heart.”
“Don’t worry about the consequences.”
But the risk of taking that long leap of faith has stopped you, and made you consider practical scenarios? Well, Meeta adhered to these mantras. Let’s see how they turned out for her!
How It All Began
Meeta’s journey as a dancer began when she was 16-years-old but its beginning also wasn’t an easy one. Coming from a conservative family, she had to go through rough terrains to follow her passion for dance.
As a 17-year-old, she joined the Shaimak dance company and as she went along she worked with many well-known choreographers, dancers, artists, and passion-entrepreneurs like herself. Meeta went to Mumbai and worked for the films, followed by time spent as a performer and actor at the Kingdom of Dreams, Gurgaon.
However, it wasn’t all pink and rosy. Read on to know the challenges that Meeta faced and how pulled herself up from an ever-crumbling place, physical and mental.
Not All that Glitters is Gold
The 1970 film ‘Mera Naam Joker’ showed us how the lives of performers are off the stage when nobody is watching. But seldom do we come across conversations about what goes on beyond what we see on the stage, or on our screens.
When Meeta was at the dance studio, she was shuffling between her education and learning dance. Her schedule was very hectic; she would tire herself throughout the day and then repeat the same thing all over again.
“There were days when I wouldn’t get time to eat also. I would just drink water in the breaks that we got and continue without proper food for hours.”
Besides the hectic schedule, Meeta had PCOD (Polycystic Ovarian Disease) because of over-body exertion and lack of proper diet. Gradually all the factors combined were taking a huge toll on her health, mental and physical.
Four years ago, Meeta’s body couldn’t take it anymore and she was hospitalized with a serious infection all over her body.
The Road to Recovery
Meeta had to pause her dancing because her body wouldn't allow it. Having always been an artist in the performative domain, she couldn't resist the urge to physically move around, and challenge her body to do new things. This is when she started with Yoga.
It was her process of allowing her body the liberty to express itself while also mending the body physically and mentally, and healing the soul spiritually. Meeta found her passion and companion in Yoga and has since not left Yoga's hand.
She further went on to get a Diploma, a Master’s, YTTC, and a few other qualifications in Yoga. She teaches Yoga to all those who wish to learn, through sessions for various MNCs, classes for children and adults, and collaborations with networks such as ABP Ganga.
Meeta hasn't done away with dancing either. She takes classes for dancing along with those for Yoga.
The Constant in Meeta's Journey
“I am and I have always been a learner. I get very uncomfortable at a palace where I feel like I am not learning anything,” Meeta tells us.
Meeta, who is also a teacher, finds ways to learn a thing or two from her students even when she is teaching them. She teaches Yoga to a class of young children; she loves her job because these children challenge her flexibility. They ask her to do difficult stretches and this way she is learning and improving her skills.
Following the same approach of learning more, she wishes to pursue a Ph.D. in Yoga in the near future. She is also preparing a children's team to represent India at the Yoga Olympic Games 2021, she tells us.
Meeta's Journey helps us to understand that there are layers and layers of details and experiences that are hidden away from the distant eye- the eye of the viewer. As a dancer and yoga instructor, Meeta is an inspiration to many around her and to herself, as she pushes herself to do better every day.
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