Nivedita Joshi was born and educated in Allahabad. Still in her teens she was stricken by slip disc-cervical spondylosis rendering her virtually bedridden and an invalid for eight long and painful years. Nivedita lost the ability to move her hands and legs. She lost all hope in life – as every effort to cure her met with failure till destiny led her to Yogacharya BKS Iyengar and his Yoga Institute in Pune. She went there initially for a month in a wheel chair – but stayed on for a year – and walked out unaided. Yoga gave back her life – and her life became yoga.
Nivedita thus became an ardent disciple of Yogacharya BKS Iyengar.
Yoga is like music, the rhythm of the body, the melody of the mind and the harmony of the soul. Create the symphony of life.
“What I have lost nobody should and what I have achieved through yoga should be shared with all”.
This thought gave birth to Yogakshema, Delhi NCR’s only accredited Iyengar Yoga center where classes are held six times a week . Nivedita’s instructions are underlined by clarity and adherence to the principles established by Yogacharya Iyengar.
Nivedita participates regularly in yoga workshops in various cities of France with S.F. Biria, a senior teacher of Iyengar Yoga.
She visited South Africa as a delegate for a seminar on Alternative Meidcine and Low Cost Health Care organized by the CII. Her lecture- demonstrations on Managment of Stress and Strain were appreciated by a large audience in Johannesburg.
Nivedita travelled with Yogacharya Iyengar to participate in the yoga conference held in Russia in 2009 and the Indo-China Yoga Summit in China in 2011.
She has also conducted a two-day workshop for business executives for stress management and a 40-day workshop for 2000 students.
She regularly conducts thematic workshops for the students of her Center and also special workshops for children to acquaint them with yoga.
Nivedita returns to Pune as often as she can to learn from Yogacharya Iyengar’s guidance.
An intensely sensitive individual, she has penned her thoughts in verse. Her first collection of poems entitled Nange Paon was published in 1999.
Nivedita wrote the lyrics for Shubha Mudgal’s album Kisson ki Chadar which met with an enthusiastic response.
Her love for the creative arts led her to learn kathak for seven years under the guidance of Mr. Jagat Mohan Sinha of Bhatkande School in Lucknow.