A yoga teacher from Mandi who is an inspiration for many

Dipender Manta

Life can become unfair at times and all one can do is keep moving ahead to achieve one’s goal. 

Yoga teacher Suman Sharma’s life was also full of struggles, but she is now an inspiration for many.

After winning gold and silver medals in different sports activities, Suman, a yoga teacher at DAV Centenary Public School, Mandi, is now encouraging young girls to take active participation in sports to keep themselves physically and mentally fit.

Her life was never a bed of roses. She lost her father at an early age, after which she faced financial hurdles to complete her studies and make her career. The suffering did not end here and after a few years, her brother also died. This completely shook the family. In shock, her mother, too, suffered a paralysis attack. It was a tough time for Suman, as she wanted to pursue her career in sports and earn some money to provide medical treatment to her ailing mother.

She did not lose courage and got support from her teachers to continue with her studies and pursue her career. She said: “It was really a tough time when I lost my father, who was the sole bread-winner of the family. My mother worked hard to support me, but our financial condition became critical. A few school teachers came forward to support me financially.”

In 2007, she first participated in national games at Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh and won a gold medal for state in dance competition. In 2011, 2012 and 2013, she consecutively won silver medals in inter-college handball championship. Suman also participated in a UTV reality show and remained among top-six contestants. In 2018, she won a bronze medal for the state in the Federation Cup National Handball Championship and in 2019, a silver medal in the 47th Senior Women National Handball Championship.

“I have done Visharad in Kathak and MA in Yoga. Apart from this, I play handball, in which I have won bronze and silver medals at national level. Being a teacher, I encourage and train young girls to take active participation in sports activities, which will make them physically and mentally fit,” she is hopeful.

Suman said the state government should provide best infrastructure for sports activities at grassroots level. In Mandi district, there was no handball trainer to train players and the state government should fill this post with immediate effect, she said.

Not wanting to remember her past, which according to her was a very difficult phase of her life, she said: “My motive is to educate and motivate young girls to adopt yoga and sports in their daily life, which not only keeps one healthy, but also brightens their future and provides opportunities to represent the state at national and international level.