When one thinks of veteran fashion designers, an imÂage pops into the head. Perhaps someone surÂrounded by assistants, drawing out their latest collection, someone who seldom listens to the birds sing. Anita Sachan, however, paints a completely different picture.
Growing up in the city of Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, Sachan is the youngest in her family, with all her siblings pursuing a medical career. Fashion was just enterÂing India, which piqued her creative flair. She decided to move to Delhi to study fashion design at the famed National InÂstitute for Fashion Technology.
Her first foray into the fashion world came in New York. The city gave her the experience of a lifetime and when she moved to Dubai, she was once again in a country where fashion was at the foetal stage. Her experience came in handy as she was part of the creation of UAE'S first fashion boutique, Georgio, catering to Emiratis and the royal families. This deÂmographic wore extravagant wedding and evening gowns, which Sachan deÂsigned. Today, Sachan is a fashion deÂsigner, director of two companies and a brand ambassador. None of these posiÂtions is as important to her as her role as a meditation instructor.
There came a point when Sachan reÂalised that she was at the pinnacle of her success, "Once you have achieved your goal, you wonder, now what? At that moÂment I came into meditation naturally. Each day, meditation gives me satisfacÂtion, contentment and balance in life."
Essentially, meditation is a pause butÂton in one's day. "Your body functions in sync with your breathing. Once meditaÂtion regulates that, your body is regulated and you can achieve clarity, focus, and eventually better health," Sachan said.
She urges that for every single human being, this balance is essential. To mainÂtain harmony at home and in your minds, meditation is paramount. The more one meditates the happier one is, and the hapÂpier one is, the more one meditates, it's a happy cycle.
In a country with more than 200 naÂtionalities living and working, harmony for existence is a necessity. Sachan works with the Consulate General of India to bring meditation and yoga techniques to the local community, government entiÂties and educational institutions. She has also helped set up yoga day, June 21, for several years in a row.
Sachan's simplistic outlook has exÂtended to her fashion sense, "If you are beautiful inside, clothes really play a very negligible part. Your style should be simple, crisp and comfortable."
She explains her shift with the analÂogy of a bird, "One has to fly with two wings, otherwise you will be stuck in viÂcious circles. I had one wing: my fashion label, I thought if I take care of that, I'll be satisfied. But I reached my goal and I was stagnating, until I started balancÂing the other wing, my spiritual being. Now I can soar."
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