Deepika Mehta: The yoga hottie who was told she could never walk again

Oct 06, 2018, 14:16 IST
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    In 1997 Deepika Mehta had a tragic rock climbing accident, that had doctors tell her that she will never walk again. But not one to give up, Deepika Mehta sought alternative approaches to heal and found Yoga

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    Deepika Mehta then started practicing Pranayam and meditation and eventually dove deep into the chasm of education and practice; seeking alternative healing techniques

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    Deepika Mehta initially went to Sivananda Yoga Kendra in Kerala, where she did her Teacher Training

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    Deepika Mehta then moved to the practice of Ashtanga Yoga and met her Guru, Shri K Pattabhi Jois in 2002

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    Deepika Mehta has travelled to various parts of the world and has studied with various masters like Richard Freeman, Dena Kingsberg, Prem Carlisi, Lino Miele, and Rolf Naujokat. She is a student Sharath Jois and is learning Advanced ‘A’ Series with him

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    Deepika Mehta also has her own Television show called Yoga City and it is super cool!

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    Deepika Mehta has also trained some of India’s most famous celebrities such as Aishwarya Rai – Dhoom 2, Priyanka Chopra – Don, Bipasha Basu – Doom 2, Deepika Padulone, Preity Zinta, Vidya Balan, Avanti and Yash Birta, Lisa Haydon, Jacqueline Fernandez, Alia Bhatt, Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Anupama Chopra, Neha Dhupia and Nimrat Kaur

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    Deepika Mehta has also been the master trainer on the show ‘The Biggest Loser’ in India

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    Deepika Mehta has also been featured as one of the three women redefining beauty ideals in India in Vogue magazine 2014, she has also been the face of the fitness campaign 2015 with Elle India, and has been featured in various other publications and given a Dance/Yoga presentation and talk at the TedX event at the UN Headquarters in NYC

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    Deepika Mehta lives in Mumbai, where she teaches regular classes in Bandra. And is known as a yoga guru who helps her students achieve ultimate mind and body experiences with Ashtanga Yoga, diet and lifestyle changes

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    Deepika Mehta: 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 Om Namah Shivaya #ashtanga #ishvarapranidhana #shraddha #ashtangalove #yoga #bhakti

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    Deepika Mehta said in one of her posts: Thank you Barcelona, We had an incredible time teaching you guys, felt such depth and peace in the community of practitioners, it's beautiful to be part of this world family of Ashtanga. Looking forward to seeing you guys in Oslo

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    Deepika Mehta: This year I feel like a lot of my dreams have been manifesting; travel,amazing work,my incredible life partner.. but the one thing I forgot to prioritise equally was peace, health and stillness ..and I realise without those these things whatever manifests on the outside seems like you are still missing something. So I am going to slow down my pace a little of stuff on the outside so I can pay more and more attention to the inside. For to truly see a Change in the world ..you have to Truly BE That Change.

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    Deepika Mehta posted this caption: the truth is, you were born for you. You were wanted by you. You came for you. You are here for you. Your existence is yours. Yes -Nayyirah Waheed

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    Deepika Mehta captioned this:  Thank you Hyderabad for your sweet Love. Had a great time teaching you guys!!! Until the next time.

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    Deepika Mehta's caption: You will be lost and unlost, over and over again, relax love. You were meant to be this glorious.  Epic. Story #yogaart  #Nayyirah Waheed

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    Deepika Mehta captioned this photo: This morning has already begun on a note of adventure! Almost missed my flight to Rajasthan because the driver didn't turn up at 4 am!!!!.. The more I ask for normalcy, the more adventure God gives me, maybe it's times to get off the drivers seat and start enjoying the ride! P.s: I'm here in Jodhpur to teach at the Mahindra Open Sky festival.

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    Deepika Mehta captioned this photo: A good friend yesterday said 'equilibrium is a fluid state' and it pertains so strongly to handstands and life in general. So where I found balance yesterday might not be the exact point I find balance today, and so you are staying alert and responding as best as you can instead of staying stuck to where you felt balance yesterday and in this way life remains juicy and flowing as opposed to stuck and stagnant.#belikewatermyfriend

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    Deepika Mehta: This morning I was so happy because our self-practice Mysore class had so many Indian dedicated Ashtanga practitioners, each one of them super sincere, devoted, awesome and in the zone. Makes me super proud to see more and more Indians taking up this powerful practice of Ashtanga sincerely. #merabharatmahaan

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    Deepika Mehta: Loving the warm sun on my skin. Had a beautiful morning here in the mountains in Norway,woke up super early for an intense Ashtanga practice and then a yummy walk in the fresh mountain air and warm sunlight..One of the biggest joys of my life is walking in the mountains,makes me feel Alive and Happy!!!! The nature here is incredible, shining and so pristine, I was tempted to drink the running water from the streams!!!! #yogawear @runandrelax

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    Deepika Mehta: Loving the beautiful city of Prague. Feels like I'm in a fairytale.❤ @pedro_svoboda_art

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    Deepika Mehta: Yesterday was an intense day but the emotion of it tied over, and today I feel centred all over again. So grateful for my daily Ashtanga practice,teaching and family that stays like my rock no matter what. Love them to death. @radeshphotography

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    Deepika Mehta: Getting closer to my goals. Makes me realise that it's in the journey that lies the real treasure

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    Deepika Mehta flaunts her slim figure in most of her Instagram posts

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    Deepika Mehta: Trust your Heart. Value its intuition. Choose to let go of fear, and to open to the True and you will awaken to the freedom, clarity and joy of Being. -Mooji

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    Deepika Mehta: The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new

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    Deepika Mehta captioned this photo: The more you feel grateful for the life you have,the more magic the Universe gives you to be grateful for. Had a beautiful walk in the park this evening, saw tons of peacocks, magical double rainbows, incredible light and inspirational conversation with a dear friend. Notice the small things in your day,feel the gratitude for them and notice Abundance flooding your life

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    Deepika Mehta: There is so much magic in this city of Mumbai. There is a beauty in its messiness, a harmony in its chaos ..and love and warmth in the hearts of the people here ..and this is what I will miss when I leave here.#mumbaimerijaaan @gauravsawn

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    Deepika Mehta shares an insprational quote: Each person comes into this world with a specific destiny--he/she has something to fulfill, some message has to be delivered, some work has to be completed. You are not here accidentally--you are here meaningfully. There is a purpose behind you. The whole intends to do something through you. -Osho

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    Deepika Mehta: Travel constantly teaches you to let go of control. Today we arrived in Singapore, and I had all my plans for the next few days sorted, I was to head back to Bali after the short trip here but then at the immigration counter, the visa officer said I couldn't enter Singapore unless I was going to head to another country(not return to Bali) after the 4 days here..so guess what!!!??? Had to change all my plans last minute,give up on what I had i scheduled and take on something else completely..guess where I might head next? Keep the balance between control and letting go..yet again,having to jump headlong into the unknown. ❤ #traveldiaries #travelgram #theglamouroussideoftravel

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    Deepika Mehta:  Had two amazing days living on a boat at sea. Not looked much at my phone,instead spent hours gazing at the ocean. Loved spending time with the elements, feeling the wind in my hair,the sun on my back, the water on my skin. Best times with great friends @sheridanhammond @laurahammond17. G'nite lovely people from a rocking boat somewhere out in the Indian Ocean

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    Deepika Mehta: This morning while teaching I had a very emotional moment. We had the a very senior Ashtanga teacher/legend, Eileen Hall practicing in our Mysore program. Watching her at 60, doing the whole of third series with such amazing form and every Vinyasa perfectly,(For people who have no idea the Third series of Ashtanga is called Advanced A is gruelling,it comprises of a series of poses of Leg behind the head,followed by the most difficult arm balances one after the other and then the most intense back bends). It requires intense strength with the most amazing flexibility.(think a top ballerina with a gymnast with top functional strength). Watching her at her age performing these asanas with such beauty,grace and strength brought tears to my eyes. The thought of someone who has dedicated her whole life to a practice,been tested in every way possible and lived a life full of strength, purpose, humility and unflinching resolve and commitment makes me so emotional. Watching her made my resolve and passion stronger to finish third series(I had kind of given up on myself,thinking it's too intense for me to finish now). Shakti at its best. #ashtangayogalove #womanpower P.s: Im going to try sneaking in a picture of her tomorrow doing a pose!

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    Deepika Mehta: Loving the Mumbai days of teaching,practising and taking in the vibe!!! Thank you to all the awesome people who rocked up at my workshop; look forward to seeing you guys tomorrow for some Ashtanga Flow,7-9 am at @fspaandstudio. ❤❤❤

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    Deepika Mehta: Tuning into bliss and stillness is the way to healing. Sitting still and tuning into the breath and the space between the breaths. One breath, one moment. ❤💖☮ #healing #paradise

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Deepika Mehta turned to yoga after a tragic rock climbing accident had doctors tell her that she would never be able to walk again. That's when she found Yoga and her journey from injured rock climber to yoga teachers to stars like Alia Bhat, Jacqueline Fenandez, Bipasha Basu, Priyanka Chopra and Aishwarya Rai began. Here's how Mumbai girl Deepika Mehta became a yoga trainer to the stars 

 

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