EXCLUSIVE: I switched to yoga during the ‘dark phase’ of the second lockdown, says Alaya F.
Young and brave Alaya made her film debut in F20 2020 starring Saif Ali Khan and Tabu Jawani Janman, which helped her win the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut of the Year. He impressed someone with his acting chops and is also very popular on social media. Actress Pooja Bedi’s daughter Kovit-19 switched to yoga during the difficult times of induced locking and gradually made it a part of her regular routine. On International World Yoga Day, Alaya spoke to Zee News Digital and shared how she continues to follow it for a healthy mind, body and soul.
K. When did you start doing yoga regularly, and what inspired you?
A. I started doing yoga in the second lockdown because I had a lot of time. Also, the second lock is the most difficult time. At that time everything was so sad, so many lives were lost, everyone was suffering, struggling – a very dark time for a lot of people, a lot going on. Yoga felt like it flowed naturally at the time, because it was a moment away from everything that was going on at the time – it started. After that, it became a part of my life because at that time I remember doing it very consistently. It became a regular part of my life.
K. Do you have a busy schedule and how do you spend your time for yoga?
Answer So, when working, I like to focus on work, during training, I like to focus on it. In particular, it’s very difficult for me to work out day after day – like many days of shooting. But, I learn its balance and learn how to incorporate it into my schedule. So what I do now is get up an hour or two earlier than I need to do and fit it exactly.
K. Your daily asanas?
A. It usually depends on what we do in yoga class and she always asks me, ‘How do you feel today, what do you want to do?’ She asks. I give her some vague answers and she will make the most perfect yogasana for that day. So, it depends on the day, how I feel and what my goal is from that class.
K. If so, what keeps you busy these days?
A. All this only! Lots and lots of self-defense in the form of returning to my training, classes and lots of yoga and fitness. Since I have 3 releases in a row, I feel like this is the pre-storm silence. So, I feel like waiting … and spending that waiting time in training, talking to you guys who are loving (laughs) and somehow keeping me busy.
K. Select one:
– Yoga or gym
– Movies or theater
– Love or fame
– Designer clothes or street style
A. Yoga, Movies, Love Because fame is not good without love. If street style is more beautiful than designer clothes, street style will be, but if there is a designer to my taste rather than street style, it depends on the designer. What it is, it doesn’t matter, but how it looks to me.
K. Has love found you yet?
A. Yes in a variety of things, you have noticed. I like a lot of things (laughs) and a lot of things love me again.
K. What do you see in OTT?
A. Oh so many things! I now look back at the modern family. When I get home and are tired at the end of the day, watching Modern Family feels like a nice big warmth. So, I look at it more. I usually follow a show and watch from beginning to end. Oh, and I’ll be watching Stranger Things as the new season comes out. I watch Keeping Up with the Kardashians and I think the last episode just aired for the season. This is what I see these days, and it changes every week when I look too fast. So, next week I see something else.