Shubhada Lele was brought up in a household that practiced yoga daily. Her mother, Bakul Deokule – a well known social worker, used to make Shubhada practice Suryanamaskar (A sequence of yoga postures) every day. Shubhada was introduced to the practice of yoga for therapeutic purposes under unfortunate circumstances; her brother, Ranjan Deokule, suffered from a heart attack and was asked to attend Dr. Shrikant Karandikar’s yoga workshops in Pune to rehabilitate his condition. It is in this setting that Shubhada developed the idea of bringing the knowledge and practice of applying yoga for therapeutic purposes at her own centre in Mumbai.
After undergoing formal training with Dr. Shrikant Karandikar, she established the Shubh Yoga Kendra in 1995 where she is the Chief Instructor and managing the Center as a proprietor. Over the last 25 years, she has taught over 1000 students to become yoga teachers of whom about 50 are current instructors at the Yoga kendra. Shubhada teaches them anatomy and Yoga postures according to the ailment. Teacher’s training kit is prepared by her with few tips and question and answer papers. She feels this exam should not be a stressful event for the upcoming yoga teachers. She has written several books to make everyone understand the postures they are going to practice.
Shubhada believes that yoga is essential to every human being and is very much like food and sleep. It is a necessary component of our lives and is a bridge between our physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing.
By profession she is an architect and she practiced architecture from 1975 to 2002.
Shubhada learnt yoga from Dr. Shrikant Karandikar; his workshops in Pune were to serve as the starting point of her deep understanding of the yoga therapy postures for different ailments and how they influence the human anatomy. The workshops helped explain the various muscles and joints in the human body as well as their function. The theory was reinforced through rigorous yoga practice sessions that now serve as the basis for her classes to students.
Over the years Shubhada has attended several workshops and conference on Yoga in Kabir Baug (Pune), Kaivalyadham (Lonavala), Yog Vidya Dham (Nasik) and the Bihar school of Yoga (Munger).