Take a glimpse at the Pilates trainer of Deepika Padukone and Katrina Kaif, who started with a small studio in her guest room and has now become a celebrity trainer.

Bollywood stars work hard to maintain their fit and toned physique, but the trainers who help them achieve it often remain unknown. Yasmin Karachiwala is one such celebrity trainer who has trained several Bollywood actresses, including Deepika Padukone, Alia Bhatt, and Katrina Kaif. She started her journey as a Pilates instructor from a small studio in her guest room and became the first BASI-certified Pilates trainer in India. Here’s everything you need to know about her.

Yasmin Karachiwala Early life

Yasmin Karachiwala, who was born on July 4, 1970, in the US, completed her schooling at Saint Agnes High. She came to India for her further studies and completed them at Saint X’aviers Mumbai. Despite her lack of interest in sports since childhood, she eventually became the first BASI-certified Pilates trainer in India and trained several Bollywood actresses like Deepika Padukone, Alia Bhatt, and Katrina Kaif. Karachiwala has also revealed that during her teenage years, she preferred activities that showcased her strength and never participated in sports, except for shot put and javelin throw.

Start of Yasmin’s fitness journey

Yasmin Karachiwala shared that she had her first gym experience when she was 18 years old. One of her friends, who was trying to lose weight, asked her to join a fitness class. Yasmin agreed, as peer pressure and acceptance played a significant role. Later, she enrolled in a fitness course at the American College of Exercise and received certification.

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Yasmin Karachiwala fitness studio

Yasmin Karachiwala noticed a growing interest in her training and started with a small fitness studio in her guest room. She then converted a part of her terrace into a studio. Later, she went to the US to study Pilates and became the first certified Pilates instructor in India by Body Arts and Science International (BASI). In 2015, she opened her own fitness studio in Bandra, Mumbai, called ‘Yasmin’s Body Image’, which gradually turned into a famous celebrity training center. She now has franchises in South Mumbai, Western Mumbai’s Andheri, Dubai, Dhaka, and Delhi.

Yasmin Karachiwala’s Personal Life

Yasmin Karachiwala got married to Minhaz Karachiwala on December 5, 1993, and is now a mother of two sons.

Yasmin Karachiwala book

Yasmin Karachiwala co-authored the book “Sculpt and Shape: The Pilates Way” which provides an overview of Pilates and how it can enhance body posture and promote a positive outlook on life.

Yasmin Karachiwala Awards

Yasmin Karachiwala has received several accolades for her work in the fitness industry. She was awarded the Best Fitness Instructor at the Vogue Fashion Awards in 2013, the Best Fitness Expert at the Elle Beauty Awards in 2015, and the Giants Awards and Rotary Award in 2015 for her contribution to the wellness and fitness industry.

Yasmin Karachiwala Instagram

Yasmin Karachiwala has a strong presence on Instagram with over 1 million followers, where she regularly shares motivational and fitness videos. In addition, she holds the distinction of being the first Balanced Body Master Pilates Instructor and Fletcher Pilates Instructor in India. According to reports, her fees range from Rs. 1,900 for a single session to Rs. 20,000 for a package of 12 sessions.