Begum was born and raised in Istanbul, Turkey. During her high school years, she played professional handball and volleyball for several well known clubs and teams. Begum holds a bachelor’s degree in Hotel Management from Southern New Hampshire University. She lived and worked for luxury hotel brands in the USA for fifteen years. She was introduced to yoga in 2012 in Istanbul. Since then she has practiced daily. Currently, Begum teaches Jivamukti Yoga at several locations in Istanbul. She is also a life long animal rights activist and acknowledges the practice of yoga as a platform to contribute this cause.