Nivedita Joshi was born and educated in Allahabad. Still in her teens she was stricken by slip disc-cervical spondylosis rendering her virtually bedridden and an invalid for eight long and painful years. Nivedita lost the ability to move her hands and legs. She lost all hope in life – as every effort to cure her met with failure till destiny led her to Yogacharya BKS Iyengar and his Yoga Institute in Pune. She went there initially for a month in a wheel chair – but stayed on for a year – and walked out unaided. Yoga gave back her life – and her life became yoga.
Nivedita thus became an ardent disciple of Yogacharya BKS Iyengar.