From a troubled childhood to finding peace in yoga and becoming a yogini; dancer, health enthusiast, and lifestyle blogger, the journey of Natasha Noel has not been easy.
But she stood back strong every time she fell, and now she has framed an example that no matter how hard situations are, you can always fight against them if you want.
When Natasha was three, her mother died — she saw her burning herself. Natasha did not have a normal childhood. Her childhood was filled up with fear, insecurity, and guilt instead of love and compassion. She did not feel true happiness and always kept pretending to be happy.
Dealing with rape and abuse
At the age of 7, she was abused by the domestic helper of her house — an age when most of the children were playing with Barbie dolls and racing their mini cars! But, this wasn’t a one-off incident. Until now, she started to have a feeling that something was wrong with her and had a feeling of guilt in her heart.
When Natasha turned 10, her family realized that something was wrong with her, and they decided to take her to a psychiatrist. This helped Natasha a lot. She started to express herself through art and also started to dance.
Surviving injury and depression
At 17 she became a professional dancer, but unfortunately, she couldn’t dance for long — at the age of 19, she met with an accident that gave her some major injuries and damaged the muscles of her knee and leg. The doctor said that she wouldn’t be able to do anything, neither dance nor move. Once again, life snatched the thing from Natasha which she loved.
This took Natasha into depression, and she couldn’t find happiness in anything, but later she started to focus on her studies and completed graduation. She also became a professional photographer and used to click the people dancing, and this gave her joy.
At 21, when her five-year relationship ended, she got scattered again, but this time she tried to develop her interest in food. She, every time, tried to escape from wary things via food.
But she soon realized that these escapes won’t last long and would spoil her life.
Turning to yoga
She knew that society doesn’t accept a sad or a depressed person, so she always pretended to be happy. She realized that she is suffering from major depression. She started to have trust issues and also thought that something was wrong with her. Natasha was fed up with her problems and herself, and she terribly wanted to change her life but realized that only she could help herself, not anyone else. She took another chance to heal herself from all pain and hurt.
And this is when she started yoga. She started watching videos on Youtube, and enrolled in the Ashtanga Vinyasa, Mysore (1 month), The Yoga Institute, Santa Cruz East (a 3-month course), and Mystic Rose Meditation, Goa (21 days), and started teaching dance yoga. From holding workshops to taking private sessions, she started posting her videos on social media channels to reach out to as many individuals as possible.
Yoga gave peace to her mind and body. She felt relaxed, and she started loving her body.
Today, she not only practices yoga but also teaches dance yoga to people. Her Instagram posts are full of positivity and are a sweet reminder that if you fight for yourself, life will fight for you too.
Today Natasha Noel is a trained yoga teacher, self-professed ambassador of positivity and love and a social media star with over 258k followers on Instagram. She is a motivational speaker and is open about her experiences of dealing with rape, abuse, and depression, and is determined about breaking the stigma in society surrounding these topics.
Sona Yadav is an intern with Untying Knots.