She was born into one of Kollywood’s most famous families, and is married to one of the industry’s most successful actors, but Aishwaryaa R Dhanush says she believes in having an identity of her own. From successfully testing waters as a director and trying her hands at playback singing, to being appointed United Nations Women’s Goodwill Ambassador of India, she’s taken every role seriously. And now, she’s followed her heart, yet again, and has turned entrepreneur by setting up a yoga-based wellness start-up in the city.
“I grew up watching my parents practise yoga every morning and that’s how I picked it up,” begins Aishwaryaa, after she finished showing us around her yoga studio, where we spotted women, including squash pro Joshna Chinappa and producer Hema Rukmani, perfecting their asana poses. “But later, I got inclined towards functional training, like cardio. However, I reconnected with yoga about a year-and-a-half ago, and I could see my life transforming ever since I took it up seriously. I thought it would be great if everybody could get into yoga because it’s a basic lifestyle modification — it makes you mentally, physically and emotionally healthy.”