'Yoga helped me improve my mental health during the pandemic,' says Amruta Khanvilkar

Amruta Khanvilkar's love for yoga is reflected in her social media posts. For the last few weeks, the actress has been posting videos and photos of her perfect yoga poses and encouraging everyone to stay fit and fine.

In an exclusive interaction on International Yoga Day, Amruta told the Free Press Journal how Yoga has helped her over the years.

"I am an ardent follower of Yoga and during the pandemic, Yoga is the only thing that has helped me improve my mental as well as physical health. It has helped center myself and taught me to be more disciplined. No matter what the situation is, Yoga has taught me to never give up. Especially the breathing exercises have in time helped me calm my mind," she said.

"I have seen a great change in myself over the years. Yoga helps me shut off the outside world. I've started reading rigorously and chanting now. All these things really keep me busy and help me stay away from negativity," she added.

Apart from the most obvious health benefits - increasing flexibility and gaining strength, yoga also positively influences life.

Amruta believes that yoga isn’t simply a workout style; it’s a practice in mindfulness, and for many people, it works as an alternative to traditional meditation. "Yoga is a way of life. It also teaches a number of lessons that you can apply to all of life’s challenges and that's what makes it so beautiful. For example, when you get stuck in doing an asana or your body gives up, all you need to do is let go. And that indeed teaches you a great deal about life. I have experienced many such things and have applied them in my life too," the actress said.

Being a fitness freak she is, the 'Malang' actress says that in order to stay fit, it is important to be committed. "To stay fit you have to be committed to your well-being and fitness. Be it weight training or yoga or any form of physical exercise, it is important to show up... at your gym on your mat," she added.

This year, on Yoga Day, Amruta, along with her teachers, will come together in groups and spread awareness about yoga and its benefits.

Have a look at some of her posts:

Having started off her acting journey with television, Amruta has been a part of a number of reality shows.

From being a big name in the Marathi film industry to bagging significant roles in Bollywood films like 'Malang', 'Satyameva Jayate' and 'Raazi' among others, Amruta has been receiving immense appreciation and praise from the audience.

On the work front, the actress will soon be appearing on the big screen with her upcoming Marathi film, 'Pondicherry'.

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