Varuna Shunglu is a teacher, lawyer and holistic health practitioner who co-founded Kyogiwellness and Eudaimom, online platforms that bring yoga practioners and expert teachers together. She has also taught in Sri Sri Academy School, Kolkata for six years working with children on the science of yoga and meditation. Her book ‘More Than I AM’ gives students an insight into finding more strength within and learning to grown as individuals. She completed her MSc in Yogic Sciences along with international certifications from VVKI institute in Bangalore and Yoga Alliance International. Varuna is a teacher trainer under Yoga Alliance International and certifies and empowers individuals to become teachers. She has represented India in a delegation at the United Nations Headquarters in New York in 2018 and consults with schools & organizations in India. She has written for publications such as Men’s Health, India Today, Telegraph, Asia Spa, The Business Standard amongst others.
Q. Hello, it’s a pleasure to have you with us! Could you please tell us a little bit about yourself and your life at law school? What extra-curricular and co-curricular activities were you involved in?
I studied at the Faculty of Law, Delhi University. Most of the extra-curricular activities that I worked on consisted of participating at festivals and working with an NGO when we weren’t in class or interning.
I became a meditation teacher at 18. I always loved my level and taught through undergraduate school at LSR and my post grad law at law fac. My flow from one to the other field was quite invisible in a sense and allowed me to truly enjoy learning and studying law as well.
Q. How did the transition flow from law to yoga & wellness? What was the entire thought process that went into moving into the industry?
It was a roller coaster. I had wonderful mentors and teachers who supported me though the journey. I have truly enjoyed being a teacher and still continue to do the same.
Q. How do you manage your time as an Associate at A.Shunglu & Co. along with being Health & Wellness Director and a Yoga Columnist? What does a typical day in your life look like?
I am managing my online wellness platforms full time over the past 2 years. I’ve been teaching professionally (full time) now for almost 7 years.
Q. What are some of the challenges that you face as a part of managing two vastly different fields at the same time? How do you overcome them?
Time constraints, cultural understanding, organizational skills and leveling up knowledge in the field need to be constantly upgraded. I no longer work in both fields simultaneously.
Q. Has your legal background helped you in anyway in your current professional journey? Are there any unexpected skills that you brought in from law school into this?
Sure. Company law and creating your own contacts, Mou’s and even negotiations have an important pace when you run a Pvt. Ltd. company. No space is devoid of legal underpinnings.
Q. Most of our readers are students of the law or are law graduates. What advice do you have for those who want to take up a career based on their passion but feel limited to the conventional career options in the legal field?
One must always keep a space for passion in their lives even if they don’t take it up as a profession. If you want to switch professions you can allow it to happen organically or even strategically with the right kind of planning in place. Get mentors to guide you through the process and use your own intuitive understanding as well and you’ll surely make the right decision.
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