Our story

The nutshell
Bindu by Ohoud provides you with a yoga community hub to help you find your center, your bindu perhaps? We want yoga to become more convenient and accessible to you. You can shop for yoga accessories, read about yoga, health, philosophy, history and so much more, as well as practice with the help of a directory for teachers and studios with all their schedules and events. We’re a growing platform with the main purpose of bringing you closer to your mat as well as your true and best self. We will continuously work on giving you as much as we can in the best possible way. So bring yourself to a mat, open and vulnerable, and reap the many benefits, physical, mental and spiritual that yoga has to offer you.

 

The story
In March 2015, I went on a truly life changing journey to Rishikesh, India. At the airport, one of my dear friends texted me on a group saying, “India Awaits… Bindu (Ohoud’s new name) meaning a drop.” My friends liked the sound of it and so did I but not until later did it come to mean what it means to me now.

 

Before I decided to go on this journey, I had been practicing yoga for about five and a half years. Allowing and experiencing yoga change me in so many ways. It became less and less about a mat practice and more and more of a lifestyle; one that has the potential to truly make you a better version of yourself everyday. I knew then that not only did I want to deepen my own practice and understanding of yoga, but I want to share it as well.

 

Now I could go on forever about my journey in India, the one titled 200hr Ashtanga Teacher Training Course but the one meaning so much more. But, I’ll spare you. If you have some free time, you can read a post here I wrote about my experience. It was hard putting it in words, but I did my best at the time. In the end, one of the things I experienced was that the name and meaning of bindu started to resonate more and more within me.

 

Some of bindu’s meanings:

  • It is a Sanskrit word meaning "point" or "dot". A bindi is a small, ornamental, devotional dot applied to the forehead in Hinduism.

  • In metaphysics, Bindu is considered the point at which creation begins and may become unity. It is also described as "the sacred symbol of the cosmos in its unmanifested state."

  • Bindu is the point around which the mandala is created, representing the universe.

 

I came back from India and I started teaching. I loved that I got to share my passion. Then, a year later in March 2016, I went on another life changing journey (I started thinking that maybe March was my lucky month). Working at Wild Guanabana, one of the leading adventure travel companies in the Middle East, I got to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, the highest summit on Mother Africa; another journey that taught me so much as well as changed me in more ways than I could’ve imagined. To my surprise, yoga also found a way to make more sense on the mountain as well as push me through every step. Right after, I was burdened with energy. I felt heavy. I felt so peaceful, inspired, and motivated but it was weighing me down and I didn’t feel I had the means to channel all this energy. Shortly after, I experienced what many call a light bulb moment. It was literally a switch that went on, allowing me to see how I can further share my love and passion for yoga. That moment was the birth of this platform.

With love & respect,

Ohoud