TED@UPS: The Secret to Stress

Want to see what de-stressing looks like?


2014 was a year of new experiences for me. UPS offered me a full-time job, and I was accepted into graduate school.

I finally had an idea of what I wanted to do with my life. All the pieces seemed to be falling into place.

But the reality of my situation wasn’t so simple. I became involved in a complicated relationship and suddenly my life was consumed with stress. Have you ever dated stress? He gets around far too much!

I’ve learned that – in the throes of stress – it’s important to know what can relieve stress and make you happy. For me, it’s dancing.

I’ve been dancing since I was 5. It has been my biggest passion and never-ending dream to learn every type of dance that exists.

The beauty of dance is that no matter which language a song is written in, a message expressed in dance can be universally understood. And since everyone is a dancer – we all skip, hop, walk, move, express and emote every day – we’re all using dance to communicate.

The dance form that I am most passionate about is an Indian classical dance – Bharatanatyam, that structures and cultivates these elements to narrate a myth from Indian scriptures about gods and demons. The deities are no longer alive, but the legends are still believed to this day, making the dances easily relatable.

I’m part of an Indian Classical Dance troupe called Pulse that consists of a few of my friends from college. We use this form of dance to de-stress. Our motto is, “dance hard, destroy the floor.”

Want to see what de-stressing looks like? Watch my performance at TED@UPS. goldbrown2

Click here to learn more about Yami Joshi and Pulse. 


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Yami Joshi is an organizational development specialist at UPS and Indian classical dancer.

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