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Updated: August 29, 2020 10:35:25 am
Leading holistic health guru and corporate life coach Dr Mickey Mehta cannot stress enough on the importance of yoga. He has been living, breathing and practising yoga for the last 50 years, “getting his nourishment from nature”. On his 59th birthday, indianexpress.com reached out to him, and asked for some tips to stay healthy — both mentally and physically — in Covid-19 lockdown. What followed was an insightful conversation about the human body, the mind, the connection with the cosmos, and how yoga happened to him 50 years ago!
You are a leading holistic health guru; what would you suggest for a person’s overall health and holistic growth amid the ongoing pandemic?
Our inner potential has to be unlocked in the lockdown. Champions are born out of challenges. Unless a human being keeps reinventing himself, and hones internal skills, one cannot evolve, rise and become a leader. The pandemic has been an opportunity to unlock the hidden potentials. It has brought self-realisation and self-actualisation — on how stupid we were, and how the reset button has changed everything around us. Introspection and retrospection happens by spending time with nature. Go out to your balcony, spend time under the morning sun, look at the trees, look at the vast expanse of the sky, listen to the chirping of the birds, appreciate the flowers. Mingling with the elements brings you courage. It makes you replace fear with faith. You begin to see life in a perspective — that nature always provides and sustains.
I have been telling people to get closer to their own nature, by getting close to the environmental nature outside. We are made up of the same elements as the environment — we are 72 per cent water, 12 per cent earth, 6 per cent air, 4 per cent fire, and 6 per cent ether. This ratio has to be maintained with pranayama, vegetarian food, dhyana (meditation), and principles of detachment. More important than social distancing, is distancing from desires.
In meditation, you have to embrace the constant truth that you are a spirit inside the body and vice-versa. Recognising the eternal nature of energy, of soul, not thinking that you are limited, helps. The lures, or the sins of life — pride, anger, lust, envy, gluttony, avarice, sloth — take you down in the abyss of entropy. To rise, one has to embrace asht-anga of yoga — yama (abstinences), niyama (observances), asana (yoga postures), pranayama (breath control), pratyahara (withdrawal of the senses), dharana (concentration), dhyana (meditation) and samadhi (absorption). A…