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‘I want to inspire people to learn yoga’

Trainer Deepika Mehta hopes more people will take up yoga after watching her show, claims it isn’t only for a mature audience

entertainment Updated: Apr 21, 2012 18:46 IST
Kavita Awaasthi
Kavita Awaasthi
Hindustan Times

Think yoga is slow and not for you? Well, trainer Deepika Mehta is here to urge you to give the ancient practice a shot. Having spent nearly 10 years learning and practising yoga, she now wants to motivate her audience by demonstrating how to achieve nirvana by using various positions, diets and therapies on Yoga City, her new show on NDTV Good Times.

“People associate yoga with a serene environment, but chaos and stress rule in urban spaces. Our show will depict that one can experience a calm atmosphere and benefit from yoga while living in the city,” says Deepika.

Having been a part of a fitness-based reality show on Sahara One’s The Biggest Loser Jeetega and CNBC’s The Good Life on yoga, Deepika says she isn’t looking to teach yoga, but “wants to inspire the audience to learn yoga. The poses I have done on the show are advanced and not for the uninitiated. People usually think of yoga as a passive exercise and mainly for a mature audience. So even if I reach out to some people and push them to practice it, my goal is accomplished.”

A dancer and rock climber, Deepika reveals that she got hooked to yoga after an accident 15 years ago. “I fell from a height of 40 feet and was told I wouldn’t be able to walk. After being bed-ridden for two years, I took up yoga to heal myself. Now I want to share my story and experiences with others.”

First Published: Apr 21, 2012 12:50 IST