Payal is a biotechnologist turned Yoga teacher who moved to Uganda 3 years ago. Since she was a child, she found herself very curious about the mind, body and soul connection. till the age of 23, Payal had a regular yoga practice as a part of her culture, not paying much attention to it. At the age of 24, due to a major shift in her life, she left her job in one of the most competitive environments in one of the most competitive places (Bombay) of the world and took a 6 month break. This is when she re discovered her enthusiasm for yoga. She dedicated the next year deepening her own practice with several teachers in India. Being from a scientific background gave her a very keen interest in observing the anatomy of the physical and subtle body.
In 2014, Payal moved to becoming a full time Yoga teacher. She wanted to share this joy and knowledge of self discovery and absolute state of health with everyone around her. When she moved to Uganda, it was a perfect opportunity for her to help the (then) small spiritual community. When she visited Jinja for the first time, she knew that she had to bring people from all over the world to experience the serenity, which she often compares to the peace she found in Rishikesh, at the banks of the Ganges.
Having lived in many places all her life, Payal lovingly calls Uganda her home. She founded The Enlightened Cat with the vision of creating the first dedicated Yoga and Personal Development space in Kampala (success!). She then expanded her vision to bring yoga teacher trainings to Uganda so the yogis of the entire world can discover this beautiful country and come together to find peace and mindfulness.
Her vision is to create a safe and healing space where healers, Yoga teachers, Energy workers, creative artists can come to offer the depth of their knowledge to anyone who is willing to learn and anyone who is looking to transform their lives and the loves of the people around them.
Favorite style(s) to teach: Vinyasa, Yin-yang
Favorite quote: “Your mind is a garden, your thoughts are the seeds. You can grow flowers or you can grow weeds.” -Unknown
Favorite pose: Eka pada rajakapotasana (One-legged King Pigeon Pose)