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She can teach you more than Yoga

Yoga teacher and physically-challenged girl R Rajalakshmi became the proud winner of the Kalpana Chawla Award in 2009, instituted by the Tamil Nadu government.

But she does not believe she has achieved her life’s mission with this award - she wants to achieve more.
A reserved girl from Usilampatti, she entered the sports field just by accident. You could say there is sports in her blood as her family is also into sports.

She is an expert in shot put, discus and javelin. She has won 39 medals at the state- and district-level. The other awards are Niveditha award and Sirandha Ilaignar award. She participated in a cycle race – 400 m, which was her first sports competition, and she got first prize in that. This incident motivated her to think that “she can do a lot”.
She adds, “I kept belief and confidence in myself. So, I became an achiever. In 2008, I was nominated for the Kalpana Chawla Award. Due to some reason, I was rejected. But, in 2009, I was again nominated. Though in 2008 I was not confident of winning the award, in 2009, I was confident that I will win. My confidence turned into victory,” she says matter-of-factly.

She has a mantra that will work for anyone and which proves that she richly deserves the recognition: We shouldn’t wait for opportunities, but make opportunities knock on our door. We should face life with challenge.
Rajalakshmi has now made it to even a school textbook. She is on page No. 48 of the class-6 Samacheer Kalvi textbook.

The Yoga teacher also wants to bring out a book of her own on what she excels in - Yoga.
She has got elevated to the level where she can dole out advice for youngsters. And when she says ‘Do what you are interested in’, you better take her seriously for she knows what she is talking about.

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