There comes certain moments in life which simply shatters all our expectations and apprehensions at a single go. Besides draining us physically, such moments leaves us in utter depression, without showing us a single ray of hope clinging on which one can live life. While many people cannot deal with such incidents, there are some people who decide to fight on, and in the end emerge as winners. One of them is yoga queen Deepika Mehta.
Today, Deepika Mehta’s name is synonymous to fitness and yoga. Think of any difficult yoga posture, and she’ll do it with elan. Such is her charisma. But it was never a smooth road to success for her. In fact, the road to yoga was one of the most difficult ones for this diva.
It was in the year 1997 that Deepika came across a tragic rock climbing accident, something that shook the very foundation of her being. Although her life was saved, doctors said that she will never be able to stand up on her feet any more.
She was shattered after hearing this. But she chose to live her life and it was exactly at this point that she stumbled across meditation and yoga. It was her jest to push her limits and try out alternative medications that she got herself enrolled in Sivananda Yoga Kendra in Kerala, from where she completed her Teachers’ Training too.
Thereafter, this beautiful lady started practicing Ashtanga Yoga, which ultimately led her to meet her guru Shri K Pattabhi Jois in 2002. Ashtanga Yoga is a system yoga that involves synchronised breathing with a series of yoga poses.
Currently a student of proclaimed yoga maestro Sharath A. Jois, Deepika is now learning the Advanced ‘A’ series with him, after having traveled to various parts of the world and studied under various masters like Richard Freeman, Dena Kingsberg, Prem Carlisi, Lino Miele, and Rolf Naujokat.
Yoga is a powerful alternative medication that can indeed transform lives of many. Deepika can not only walk now but has traveled across the world imparting education on this ancient Indian performing arts. In fact, she also has her own TV show called ‘Yoga City’.
Name any great Bollywood leading lady of today, and Deepika has trained them all! From Aishwarya Rai in ‘Dhoom 2’ and Priyanka Chopra in ‘Don’ to Deepika Padukone, Alia Bhatt and Preity Zinta, her clientele list includes many celebrities from B-town and otherwise.
In fact, the lady has also been one of the master trainers in the show ‘The Biggest Loser’. Talking about her life and challenges, and how she has meted them through yoga, Deepika told Mid-day:
Devotion; that quality of surrender to a practice,to the Guru,to your teacher,to the Supreme. This quality for me is the most important in my practice and in my life. It gives me a sense of hope in something greater than myself. It helps me connect to my personal God. It helps me find the balance between ‘doing’ and ‘being’. It helps me trust in the Universe. It is one of the reasons I practice.
An inspiration to many, Deepika has also been featured as one of the three women redefining beauty ideals in India in Vogue magazine 2014. Apart from this, she has been the face of the fitness campaign 2015 with Elle India, and has been featured in various other national and international publications. She has also delivered a Dance/Yoga presentation along with a talk at the TedX event at the UN Headquarters in New York City.
Deepika currently resides in Mumbai and gives regular classes at Bandra. She is one of the most celebrated yoga gurus in India and helps her students achieve ultimate mind and body experiences with Ashtanga Yoga, diet and lifestyle changes.