Yoga Podcast Ep. 56: Deepika Mehta || The Power of Hope

“ʏᴏᴜ ʜᴀᴠᴇ ᴛᴏ ᴘʀᴀʏ ꜰᴏʀ ᴇᴠᴇʀʏᴏɴᴇ ᴛᴏ ʙᴇ ᴏᴋ, ʏᴏᴜ ᴋɴᴏᴡ? ɪᴛ’ꜱ ɴᴏᴛ ɢᴏɴɴᴀ ʙᴇ ᴏᴋ ɪꜰ ʏᴏᴜ’ʀᴇ ᴊᴜꜱᴛ ᴏᴋ. ɪᴛ’ꜱ ɴᴏᴛ ɢᴏɴɴᴀ ʙᴇ ᴏᴋ ɪꜰ ᴊᴜꜱᴛ ᴍʏ ꜰᴀᴍɪʟʏ ɪꜱ ᴏᴋ. ɪᴛ’ꜱ ɴᴏᴛ ɢᴏɴɴᴀ ʙᴇ ᴏᴋ ɪꜰ ᴊᴜꜱᴛ ᴍʏ ʙᴇꜱᴛ ꜰʀɪᴇɴᴅ ɪꜱ ᴏᴋ. ɪᴛ’ʟʟ ᴏɴʟʏ ʙᴇ ᴏᴋ ɪꜰ ᴇᴠᴇʀʏᴏɴᴇ’ꜱ ᴏᴋ.

ᴡʜᴇɴ ᴘᴇᴏᴘʟᴇ ʟᴏꜱᴇ ʜᴏᴘᴇ? ᴛʜᴀᴛ’ꜱ ᴛʜᴇ ᴡᴏʀꜱᴛ. ꜱᴏᴍᴇᴛʜɪɴɢ ɢᴏᴏᴅ ᴛʜᴀᴛ’ꜱ ɢᴏɪɴɢ ᴛᴏ ᴄᴏᴍᴇ ᴏᴜᴛ ᴏꜰ ᴛʜɪꜱ ꜰᴜɴᴅʀᴀɪꜱᴇʀ ɪꜱ ɢʟᴏʙᴀʟ ꜱᴏʟɪᴅᴀʀɪᴛʏ. ᴀɴᴅ ɪᴛ’ꜱ ᴠᴇʀʏ ɪᴍᴘᴏʀᴛᴀɴᴛ ɪɴ ᴛᴏᴅᴀʏ’ꜱ ɢʟᴏʙᴀʟ ꜱɪᴛᴜᴀᴛɪᴏɴ. ᴛʜᴇ ꜰᴀᴄᴛ ᴛʜᴀᴛ ꜱᴏ ᴍᴀɴʏ ᴄᴏᴜɴᴛʀɪᴇꜱ ʜᴀᴠᴇ ᴄʟᴏꜱᴇᴅ ᴛʜᴇ ʙᴏʀᴅᴇʀꜱ ᴛᴏ ɪɴᴅɪᴀ — ɪ ꜰᴇᴇʟ ʟɪᴋᴇ ᴛʜᴇ ʏᴏɢᴀ ᴄᴏᴍᴍᴜɴɪᴛʏ ᴄᴏᴍɪɴɢ ᴛᴏɢᴇᴛʜᴇʀ ᴀɴᴅ ꜱʜᴏᴡɪɴɢ ᴛʜᴇɪʀ ꜱᴏʟɪᴅᴀʀɪᴛʏ ɪꜱ ᴀ ᴠᴇʀʏ, ᴠᴇʀʏ ɪᴍᴘᴏʀᴛᴀɴᴛ ᴍᴇꜱꜱᴀɢᴇ ɪɴ ᴛᴏᴅᴀʏ’ꜱ ᴡᴏʀʟᴅ, ʏᴏᴜ ᴋɴᴏᴡ? ɪɴᴅɪᴀ ɴᴇᴇᴅꜱ ᴜꜱ.

ᴛʜɪꜱ ɪꜱ ᴀ ᴍᴇꜱꜱᴀɢᴇ ᴏꜰ ʜᴏᴘᴇ ꜰᴏʀ ᴘᴇᴏᴘʟᴇ. ᴀɴᴅ ᴏꜰ ᴄᴏᴜʀꜱᴇ, ᴛʜᴇ ꜰᴜɴᴅꜱ ᴀʀᴇ ᴠᴇʀʏ ɪᴍᴘᴏʀᴛᴀɴᴛ. ʙᴜᴛ ᴘᴇᴏᴘʟᴇ ᴄᴏᴍɪɴɢ ᴛᴏɢᴇᴛʜᴇʀ ᴀɴᴅ ꜱᴀʏɪɴɢ ᴛʜᴇʏ ᴀʀᴇ ᴛʜᴇʀᴇ ꜰᴏʀ ᴇᴀᴄʜ ᴏᴛʜᴇʀ? ᴛʜɪꜱ ɪꜱ ᴠᴇʀʏ ɪᴍᴘᴏʀᴛᴀɴᴛ.”

In today’s episode, listen to Deepika Mehta speak to the power of hope and how it plays such an essential role in times of despair.

Especially as India suffers through a second wave of COVID. And why teachers from all over the world – including Deepika and us – are uniting this weekend (May 7th + 8th)to offer hope and help with a 24-hour online yoga marathon. Tickets are by donation and you can get yours here.

24 Hour + Global Yoga Marathon for India Covid Relief – May 7th and 8th

Deepika talks to us about the devastation in India and how she and her family are coping — but also about what it’s been like for her to have a baby in the midst of COVID and the joy of seeing the world anew, through the fresh eyes of her daughter. Plus how motherhood has changed her practice AND her perspective on practice.

For more on what’s happening now in India, listen to the Finding Harmony podcast with Protima Rodrigues:


The Ashtanga Dispatch Yoga Podcast is is produced, edited, and hosted by Peg Mulqueen along with Meghan Powell. Music is by Marc Pilley.