International Yoga Day 2021: 'I am seizure-free for over 20 years', says Shefali Jariwala

'Bigg Boss 13' contestant Shefali Jariwala is one of the fittest actresses of the entertainment industry. The actress, who has been following yoga religiously over the years, maintains that fitness has now become a part of her lifestyle.

In a candid chat with the Free Press Journal on International Yoga Day, Shefali said that her mantra for staying fit is that she always strives for progress and not perfection.

The actress averred that Yoga helped her over the years to compose herself in moments of panic and helped her to focus.

"It has helped me spiritually, physically and mentally. What started as a simple exercise for healing certain back pains and injuries, that I had developed because of dancing, has been quite a life-changing experience for me. Yoga has helped me physically to heal all my injuries and it has helped me improve my focus, concentration and has aligned the mind, body and soul together. Yoga has helped me control my stress and anxiety," she said.

Shefali also said that yoga has helped her during the lockdown and brought in a lot of positivity. "It helped me control the way I felt during the lockdown when we were not in a very good mental state. It brought in a lot of positivity and helped me cope with this slow down because yoga is all about focus and patience. It has been great for my physical and mental wellness. I highly recommend Yoga to everybody," she added.

The 'Kaanta Laga' girl strongly believes that every person must practice some form of yoga. Elaborating further, she said. "The one thing I would like to share about Yoga with everyone is that - don't get scared by looking at the difficult asanas. There's always a start and initially, even I started with simple breathing exercises. You can improve as you move ahead. Give yoga a shot. It is pretty life-changing. There is something for everybody in yoga - whether you are looking for weight management, stress management, or just overall well-being. I believe yoga can help with it all."

Shefali also said that she is had her first epileptic seizure at the age of 15 and yoga has helped her with her battle with epilepsy. "Back then, I was not introduced to yoga. It was the gym that I was introduced to and that's where my fitness journey began. However, I have been seizure-free for over 20 years now and yoga did contribute to it because seizures are triggered by mental stress. It helped me by keeping my mind and body fit and in a way it also helped me with my condition of epilepsy," Shefali said.

Meanwhile, on the work front, Shefali was last seen in season 13 of the controversial reality TV show 'Bigg Boss'.

After 'Kaanta Lagaa,' Shefali appeared in the 2004 Bollywood film 'Mujhse Shaadi Karogi' as Bijili. Later, she appeared with her boyfriend in the dance reality show 'Nach Baliye 5'.

n 2018, she entered the web world with the role of a female protagonist in the series titled 'Baby Come Naa' opposite Shreyas Talpade.

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