While working on his first book – which was supposed to be about fitness – Yashovardhan Birla realized that he had so much to share, especially in the area of spirituality, and that one book wouldn’t be enough. not. So, the chairman of the group Yash Birla decided to “publish a book that could be the story of my life up to a certain age” – which was published under the title On a prayer.
Now, after eight years, he is back with his new book ‘Building the Perfect Body: On Strength Training, Diet, Fitness and Wellness » which emphasizes physical fitness, spirituality and lifestyle.
In an exclusive conversation with indianexpress.comYash talks about his philosophies of life, health and everything in between. Excerpts edited below:
When did your fitness journey begin?
When I was 13 or 14 years old, I was very intrigued by spirituality and I read a lot of books like the Bhagavad-Gita. So my journey to internal fitness started at a very young age. As for fitness, I got into it when I was pursuing my studies at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. There, it was a lot of work, I studied a lot. In my spare time, I would go to the forest and listen Bhagavad-Gita songs.
Then I also decided to explore the gym, because going to a bar like the others every night was not my preference since I didn’t drink or even touch alcohol. The gym was such a lively atmosphere; I was very inspired to be there. So, I started training too and saw a difference in my appearance in just 10 days. Once I start to see something improve, I don’t like to regress. So I kept training, and now I’m here in front of you after so many years of doing the same thing.
You released your first book, an autobiography, in 2014. What inspired you to write your second on wellness?
Shobhaa De, a close family friend, told me that a fitness book from me could really inspire young people. I told him that I would like to do it, but that I was not a writer, and she suggested that we could find someone I could talk to and help me write the book. So during these sessions, while chatting with the author of the fitness book, I started talking about spirituality and my beliefs, and the author told me there was so much more for me. than fitness – and that we should publish another book that could be the story of my life up to a certain age. This is how my first book On a prayer came to life, and then we decided to do the fitness book later. After that, time passed, and finally the fitness book came to life now.
What did you enjoy most about the creative process while writing the same thing?
I like to be photography, and I love getting into the creative aspects of that. I love telling the photographer how to click me, not just for the look, but to inspire the reader on the right way to get in shape, because I truly believe that fitness can help everyone. It’s not just about how you look, but everything about you. So being presented in the right way for the book was important.
What is your idea of fitness?
For everything I do, spirituality is the foundation. Whether it’s my job, my relationships, my physical condition…there is always a basis of spirituality. I know spirituality doesn’t exactly tell you to go to the gym, but it does tell you to get fit and keep your body healthy and strong. The most important thing to remember is that fitness is 360 degrees – mind, body, and spirit. So to stay physically fit, the form of exercise that I like the most is strength training. But it is also important to take care of your mind and spirit with pranayama, meditation, introspection and spiritual books.
What is the one takeaway that you hope your readers will take away from this book?
Fitness isn’t just about your body, and I know you’re probably thinking I’m going back to the mental and spiritual aspect – but it also has to do with self-confidence. A lot of pressure, stress and ailments arise because we lack the self-confidence to be able to go about our daily lives in certain areas. But fitness helps you overcome those limits, makes you realize what your limits are, and makes you accept and work on them. It also helps with concentration – if I am in the office and am distracted, I know the technique to find myself and center myself, thanks to my pranayama, my weight training and my meditation.
Even eating healthy is so important that what you do in the gym will only show up when you eat fresh, healthy foods that aren’t processed. Junk food is okay sometimes and as long as there is a balance. i believe everything these things help you in all facets of your life. You can think more clearly, speak with more confidence. We all go through our anxieties, but being fit all around – mind, body and spirit helps you overcome anxieties much faster because exercise is linked to your hormones.
I would like to say, please motivate yourself to follow one of your passions that connects body, mind and spirit. I’m not saying go to the gym, you can do your exercises at home, you can also do yoga, which is great. But you’ll only realize the benefits of one when it’s integrated into your entire system. The benefits are far beyond what we can even perceive.