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 invalid for eight long painful years. Nivedita lost the ability to move her hands and legs. She lost all hope in life – as every effort to cure met with failure. Till one day the hand of 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 came out resolved - walking unaided. Yoga gave back her life – and her life became yoga.