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When a Bunch of Gurgaon Divas Decided to ‘Shine Their Light’

Here's what happened at the Gurgaon edition of eShe magazine's event, Shine Your Light.

The second edition of eShe’s ‘Shine Your Light’ personal-growth workshops was held in V Club Gurgaon on April 6, 2019.

The agenda? Anti-ageing facial yoga, creative dance therapy, breaking menstruation taboos, celebrating sexuality and sharing one’s wisdom.

Here’s a lowdown of what exactly went on at the event.

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Isha Jerath at the registration desk
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Signing up
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Namrata Durgan and Asha Rajkumari show you the way
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Reading the schedule
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Reading the April issue of eShe

The afternoon began with accessories designer and yoga teacher Tarini Nirula, who has 500 hours of advanced yoga training behind her, leading the participants through a session of facial yoga.

Facial yoga is proven to reduce signs of ageing such as wrinkles by boosting circulation and toning skin. The session also included gentle breathing exercises and moments of silent meditation.

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Tarini Nirula
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Tarini’s facial yoga session in progress
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Better than Botox
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Renu Jain and Neera Suri
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Stretch it out
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Swati Ranjan goes oh-aah
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Breathing in
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Surbhi Jain and Priya Jindal
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Raman Puri, Renu Jain and Neera Suri
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Bathing in silence

Next up, we had creative dance therapy by Neera Suri, who is certified in creative movement therapy, Reiki healing, hypnotherapy, Access Consciousness, and is a licensed Heal Your Life practitioner. With an academic background in mathematics and psychology, she has also studied Kathak since she was five.

She led the participants through a fun and exhilarating round of free movement, dance and generally going crazy and letting our hair down. Ladies were literally rolling about on the floor in laughter!

Creative dance removes emotional blocks and clears out negative energies from the mind and body. Without realising it, the participants let their inhibitions go, and in the process felt more joyful and free.

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Letting go
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Neera Suri in action
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We’re all dancing divas
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Nidhi Jain shakes it out
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Sreejita Basu
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Shake that booty
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Whatever it is, I’m in!
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Sugandha Arora in bloom
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Sisterhood of sharing
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Shaira Chaudhry is all grins

This was followed by a coffee break sponsored by Vishaka Beriwala of Mean Bean Co and V Club.

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Delicious Mean Bean Coffee
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Nutritious and yummy Slurrp Farm cookies
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Vishaka Beriwala

After this, Monica Bindra, co-founder of the eco-friendly sanitary napkins brand Laiqa, shared the results of her research about menstrual health and hygiene. Menstruation taboos in India were discussed, and participants shared their own experiences.

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Monica Bindra, co-founder of LAIQA
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We’re all ears

Soon, eShe’s founder editor Aekta Kapoor shared her tips on sexual empowerment and why it’s important to tap into the sexual energy within you. Since it was the first day of Navratras or Durga Puja, she referred to the feminine energy in the universe and how we can empower ourselves in all aspects of our lives by uncovering and discovering the gifts our own bodies hold for us. Her talk was followed by a short fun and flirty dance, and concluded with a gratitude meditation.

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Aekta Kapoor

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Swati Ranjan, Vishaka Beriwala and Kaveri Jain
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Namrata Durgan, Parul Pathak and Monica Bindra

Finally, participants all went through a session of ‘sharing their wisdom’. Each person was given exactly one minute to share a tip from their life, profession or anything they were good at.

Tips went from how to have good hair to not judging others for their choices to never giving up in the face of odds.

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Going by the timer
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Raman and Renu
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Raman Puri
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Deeya Bajaj and Hema Gogia
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Neeta, Aekta and Vishaka share the wisdom
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Tarini Nirula, Karuna Makkar and Dimpy Chopra Kaath

39At the end, participants went home smiling and charged up, with goodie bags filled with gift hampers from Spaveda, Laiqa, Mean Bean Coffee, Slurrp Farm, and lovingly baked brownies by Mala Bindra.

And there was chit-chat and photography of course!

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Selfie time
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Group shot
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Gifts galore from Slurrp Farm, Laiqa, Spaveda, Mean Bean Coffee, and Mala Bindra brownies
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Aekta Kapoor, Sonali Sudarshan and Monica Bindra

Here’s the schedule for the next few editions of Shine Your Light:

May 2019: New Delhi (south)

July 2019: Mumbai, at Kitty Su (The LaLiT)

September 2019: Bengaluru, at Kitty Su (The LaLiT)

Details will be posted on eShe.in soon. Stay tuned!

Photography by Nabina Chakraborty

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