An alumnus of Soka University of America with a degree in Social and Behavioural Sciences, Shaira Chaudhry has made a career out of helping people overcome challenges in their lives by changing their approach to situations.
The Delhi-based 30-year-old is trained in healing and consciousness modalities such as Reiki, Access Consciousness, Neuro Linguistic Programming, and Louise Hay’s ‘You Can Heal Your Life’ work. She conducts various workshops for individuals and groups, facilitating people to navigate through work, life and relationships with a possibility mindset, and by learning how to be present to their thoughts, feelings and emotions. We have a chat with her about her work.
eShe: Tell us about your work and what kind of clients you usually work with?
Shaira Chaudhry: The essence of what I endeavour to do is facilitate people to get out of a state of functioning from limiting beliefs and behavioural and thought patterns, and start functioning from possibilities instead. I work with a wide array of clients who come to me with different kinds of issues ranging from physical ailments to relationship troubles to body image and career-related issues.
Have you noticed any common factor amongst them?
The common factor underlying almost all of these issues seems to be a lack of sense of self-awareness, self-belief and knowing who we really are and what we stand for.
Most of the emotions of guilt, fear, anger or regret that we experience stem from making the noise outside more relevant than the voice within. Unfortunately, we happen to do this on an auto-pilot mode, without being present to our thoughts, feelings and emotions.
How do you help people deal with such issues?
What I attempt to do through my work is to facilitate my clients to get back in touch with their most authentic selves and become more conscious of the choices they’re making. It’s empowering to know that we always have a choice and that life isn’t just happening to us. It is an approach that helps us take accountability of our lives and steer it in the direction that we’d like to see it go. It helps us get out of the limiting patterns keeping us stuck, and go beyond to the possibilities that lie at the other end.
Do you use any specific techniques?
I use different mindfulness techniques to do this and I work a lot with thoughts, feelings, emotions, and subconscious beliefs to bring more awareness to the ‘problem’ at hand.
For my corporate workshops, I’ve created modules around conscious bodies, conscious relationships, work-life balance, women in leadership, and so on, bringing the component of self-awareness and mindfulness to effectively deal with situations at work.
Shaira can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
First published in eShe’s June 2019 issue