I feature creative moms in this series and it is overwhelming to see all these moms managing many things together. Dancing is close to my heart and today I am featuring Ritika Keshri who is a zumba instructor. She is a master in computer applications and is a graphic designer. She was working as a graphic designer and a software test engineer before changing her field completely.
Now she is a Zumba instructor and a hands-on mom for her twin boys.
I know Ritika as a warm, passionate and energetic person, and somebody who has a lot of passion for dance.
Read about her journey to know how she became a Zumba instructor from a graphic designer.
How did you start Zumba classes and how long you have been taking?
Dance is my passion from childhood. Dream to become fitness instructor started long back in 2008 when I got introduced to step aerobics classes just after my post twin’s pregnancy. It helped me a lot to regain my strength and overcome post-pregnancy stress. I picked up so well that my instructor suggested me to go for certification and start my own classes but due to my twins who were few months old, I didn’t get enough time to think about anything else.
Even though I started working in MNC but I was never satisfied with late office hours. When I enrolled myself for Zumba classes back in 2013, it was clear that I want to take it further from student to instructor. I left my job and I did Zumba certification in 2014 and started my own class. It has been more than 2.5 years now happily taking forward this passion.
Did you attend any classes to learn Zumba?
Yes, I went to step aerobics and Zumba class before undergoing Zumba certification.
What age group you prefer to teach?
I love to work with all ages from Teens to ladies but prefer ladies as I can understand their problem and needs.
What is your inspiration?
There was a life changing incident which taught me a hard lesson to stay active & fitness became very important part of my life. In 2006, I suffered from peripheral nervous system disorder (Guillain-Barre syndrome) due to very cold weather in Canada. I was almost paralyzed and bed ridden, it also affected my respiratory system, legs, hands, and face and it took more than 6 months to get back to normal. The only thing which helped me during that phase was physiotherapy exercise and my will power.
Most important tip for other mompreneurs?
Follow your dreams, nothing is impossible and age is just a number. So, chase your dreams.
“We may fail sometimes but won’t regret that we never tried enough “.
What is your vision? Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I would love to get more knowledge and work in the field of pre and post pregnancy problems. Help ladies and teens to overcome their stress and improve fitness. I will definitely try my dreams in the theater as well.
Describe Zumba in 3 words and what is your favourite part of being a Zumba instructor?
Fun Fitness dance. Dance moves and Interaction with people.
Why did you leave your job and decided to start classes?
It was really difficult to manage kids and job. After juggling for few years I decided to follow my dreams.
I would like to thank my husband for always encouraging me to follow my dreams.
What is your training or background in dance?
Dance is my passion from my childhood I use to dance like no one is watching. 🙂 I did my Kathak training from Bharatiya Nritya Kala Mandir.
Read about previously featured creative moms here- Monika, Shiva, Soma to get inspired.
March 28, 2017 at 4:05 pm
Hey good to read about Ritika! Very well written!All the best Ritika!
March 28, 2017 at 4:16 pm
Thanks Monika 🙂
March 28, 2017 at 6:53 pm
Thank you so much Deepa for sharing my story, it means a lot to me. Hope your blog would be inspirational for many other moms who stopped believing in themselves & encourage them to follow their dreams 🙂 Well written!!
March 28, 2017 at 9:01 pm
You are most welcome Ritika. I also learn when I feature moms like you. Keep going and keep inspiring 🙂
March 28, 2017 at 6:55 pm
March 28, 2017 at 8:27 pm
Indeed Ritika is a supercool mom and a great human being.Saw her talents since childhood. Keep it up my dear sis and inspire others as well!!!!!!beautifully framed by Deepa??
March 28, 2017 at 9:02 pm
Thanks a lot 🙂
March 28, 2017 at 9:20 pm
Thanks a lot Madhulika Di :*
March 29, 2017 at 12:11 am
Very inspiring read! It’s a pleasure to dance with Rithika and be her good friend! Kudos to you dear!
Thanks for being an awesome instructor and an awesome friend!
Good job Deepa for featuring her!
March 29, 2017 at 12:18 am
Thanks Nirupama 🙂
March 29, 2017 at 10:33 am
Thanks a lot Nirupama :*
March 29, 2017 at 6:22 pm
Truely inspirational… She is a great Dancer and has a strong will power. She never leaves a chance to dance, she can dance with her twins and GB syndrome. She is a very good, helpful, caring person. She will help even if you are a strangers. Very good from heart. Keep up your good work and keep dancing.
Thanks to Deepa for putting up such a good Article.
March 29, 2017 at 6:55 pm
I agree about everything. I know her as a friendly and sweet person. We all know how passionate she is for dance. Thanks for stopping by 🙂
March 29, 2017 at 9:31 pm
Amazing article, would like to add to this Ritika being a super mom n best friend to me. She is a brilliant artist & a painter. I wish her best of luck for all the good work.
March 29, 2017 at 9:36 pm
Oh..I didn’t know about this talent. Thanks Siddharth for letting us know. 🙂
March 30, 2017 at 9:15 am
That’s inspiring ! Engineer by the day and Zumba Instructor otherwise. You should also take classes on Time management I say. Great work Ritika. Nice post Deepaji.
March 30, 2017 at 9:42 am
Thanks a lot Atul. Glad you liked it 🙂
March 30, 2017 at 10:15 am
Great to know about Ritika and her passion Zumba. All the very best RItika!
March 30, 2017 at 11:12 am
Thanks Minakshi 🙂
March 30, 2017 at 10:54 am
Thanks a lot Rollica di :*
March 30, 2017 at 10:55 am
Thank you my best friend :*
March 30, 2017 at 10:57 am
Thanks Atulmaharaj for appreciation 🙂
March 30, 2017 at 3:24 pm
Very inspiring post, Deepa. Loved reading all about Ritika. She sounds like one amazing person and someone people may look upto when they need timely help and guidance!
March 30, 2017 at 3:39 pm
Thanks Esha 🙂
March 30, 2017 at 4:07 pm
Amazing article, would like to add to this Ritika being a super mom and wonderful wife and best friend to all of us. She is a brilliant artist & a painter. I wish her best of luck for all the good work.
March 30, 2017 at 7:43 pm
Very inspiring story.Life gives us chances .What we do with it makes all the difference .I am inspired to check out Zumba now .
March 30, 2017 at 10:28 pm
Agree Amrita. I didn’t know this about Ritika but I wanted to feature her for her passion of dance and managing home and classes. But now I know her as a fighter too. 🙂
March 31, 2017 at 8:52 am
Thanks Esha 🙂
March 31, 2017 at 8:54 am
Thanks Amrita 🙂
March 31, 2017 at 8:57 am
Thanks Deepa for giving me opportunity to share my story 🙂
March 31, 2017 at 9:54 pm
You are most welcome 🙂
March 31, 2017 at 10:15 pm
That was an inspiring read, Deepa! It’s always good to read about such women achievers, be it in any field. You get motivated to do your best and keep going!
March 31, 2017 at 10:53 pm
Agree Shilpa. Thanks a lot for stopping by 🙂
April 2, 2017 at 8:13 am
Thanks Minakshi 🙂
October 26, 2017 at 12:35 pm
Zumba is a great fitness regime if one incorporates it in his/her daily routine. Also, zumba can be for adults and at the same time for kids, i.e. Zumba Kids.