“Pilates is a very safe form of exercise and makes your body stronger from the inside out”: Yasmin Karachiwala

Yasmin Karachiwala has been training celebrities, creating special workouts and doing whatever it takes to keep up with the latest trends in fitness, especially in Pilates. The pilates trainer who has been in the fitness field for over a decade believes that the key to continuing to innovate is to stay curious and open to new ideas. I aim to keep getting better at what I do and keep giving the best possible results on the ground, says Karachiwala in an interview withindianexpress.com.

Why Pilates is becoming a diet favorite for many and more, 53-year-old Karachiwala tells us about all things fitness.

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Q. What has been keeping you busy?

Yasmin Karachiwala:My days are busy and exciting. I spend a lot of time working with clients, creating special workouts for them and running workshops. I make sure to keep learning and stay up to date with what’s new in the fitness world. In the midst of all the craziness surrounding my work, I do my best to take care of myself. I personally believe in it balanceso I find time for my own health and happiness.

Q. Do you think the adoption of Pilates is growing, and why?

Karachiwala: Yes, adoption is growing. It works from the inside out; it focuses on your core. It is a powerful form of exercise that, due to its emphasis on strengthening the body, improving flexibility and promoting general awareness, improves both physical and mental well-being. Through conscious breathing techniques, it encourages a mind-body connection, helping to reduce stress and mental clarity. Whether you’re a homemaker or a corporate professional, Pilates can improve your posture and overall movement, serving as a remedy to correct forward neck posture and rounded shoulders. It is accessible to almost anyone, making it an ideal choice for improving both physical well-being and general flexibility.

Q. What makes Pilates a celebrity favorite?

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Karachiwala:Each exercise has its own benefits and will help you build your upper body muscles. For me, Pilates is an important part of my exercise regimen. It’s a great workout that combines strength with stretching. It is a very safe form of exercise and makes your body stronger from the inside. Celebrities love it because it helps them stay in shape while they are busy filming or dancing. It straightens your body and makes your core stronger. Like any other exercise, you also need to follow a balanced diet that includes healthy foods such as almond milk, fruit juices, yogurt and vegetables. All these products have a high nutritional value.

Q. What is your diet mantra?

Karachiwala:To perform well, your body needs good fuel, which means eating the right foods. My diet philosophy is to eat whole foods that nourish both body and mind. I focus on healthy eating by avoiding processed and fried foods as much as possible. I eat lots of vegetables, fruits and nuts like almonds. Almonds have been part of my diet since childhood, and I always recommend sticking to the eating habits you grew up with. They are satisfying, help with weight loss and are convenient for busy workdays. With these healthy habits, I keep my life balanced and consistent. It is essential to listen to our hunger cues and eat when we are hungry rather than following strict meal times. I also emphasize the importance of staying hydrated by consuming plenty of water throughout the day. This balance and moderation make small but impactful changes to my diet. This approach helps build a healthy relationship with food and helps prevent binge eating and emotional eating.

Yasmin Karachiwala Yasmin Karachiwala talks about healthy snacks (Source: PR Handout)

Q. You train with so many people, even celebrities. What’s your mantra for a rewarding fitness journey?

Karachiwala: I have been in the fitness business for over a decade. And after all the years I’ve spent training them, one thing that stands out is their unwavering dedication and commitment to their goal. There is no one in particular, I would say most famous people who I train are committed to their fitness journey. Regardless of their hectic schedules, they prioritize their workouts, determining a level of discipline and consistency. I can’t single out one person as everyone is equally dedicated and committed to their training regime. They are all extremely disciplined.

They approach each session with enthusiasm and purpose, always striving to push their limits and achieve their goals. Their dedication goes beyond the gym as they also prioritize healthy lifestyle choices and maintain a positive mindset.

Q. How do you make sure you keep innovating in Pilates?

Karachiwala: Being innovative is key to my work. To keep growing and bringing new ideas, I make sure to keep learning about the science of movement. This means staying up to date on new methods and trends in Pilates and similar areas. This allows me to stay up to date with the latest techniques, trends and advances in Pilates and related disciplines. I also regularly collaborate with industry professionals, exchange ideas and seek feedback from my clients to adapt and evolve my approach. By staying curious and open to new ideas, I aim to keep getting better at what I do and keep delivering the best possible results on the ground.

Q. What are your top three ways to stay fit and why?

Karachiwala:Nutrition Every day, I make sure to eat a variety of healthy foods to keep my body functioning well. Eating well helps me feel energized and helps me muscles recover after exercise. I suggest eating foods full of good things like protein, carbs, and healthy fats, along with lots of fruits and vegetables.

Functional Training I also do squats, lunges, push-ups and pull-ups to focus on my daily fitness regime. Functional training not only builds muscle, but also improves overall functionality, making it easier for me to complete daily tasks with ease and efficiency.

Pilates I practice Pilates because it’s about strengthening core muscles, improving flexibility and fixing your posture. It is ideal for making the body more aligned and preventing injuries. Plus, it helps build my lean muscles. The controlled movements and the breathing techniques involved also help me feel more connected to my body.

Q. Tips for beginners who want to try Pilates.

Karachiwala:For beginners trying Pilates, start by finding a qualified instructor to guide you through the primary levels of movements and principles. Focus i consistency are important, focus on mastering proper forms to avoid injury.

Start with beginner-friendly Pilates exercises before moving on to more advanced equipment-based workouts.

Don’t be afraid to modify the moves to your liking level of physical condition.

Listen to your body to avoid overexertion. Consistency is key, so try to practice regularly to build strength, flexibility and body awareness over time. Remember to be patient and have a healthy diet, which benefits both body and mind.


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