Here’s a Darshan by Ashwin Mohan about one of the secrets of Nath Yoga

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IMG_0524▶ Nagayama – YouTube.

There are several types of Classical Yoga and Nath Yoga is one that still keeps to the traditional ways.  Thanks to the Graces of Ashwin Mohan who shares with us a Prescription for Inner Strength and Vital Living via activating Naga Vayu.  Naga Yama is a powerful visualization in which we begin to plant the seeds for our future growth, well being and successes.  These seeds are our thoughts which become our activities and actions that play out our Vision.  We come to understand that these seeds are our valuable energy source for expansion and fuels our goals and Vision, moving forward in our real life timeline.  By re-visiting our Vision often as Affirmation we continue to project ourselves positively within our Vision in space in time as a protective shield for inner and outer benefits.  I love when he shares that just by sitting back and accepting the status quo and being numb is for rats!  We can choose to just maintain or grow!  Checking in with our Vision and supporting it with Affirmations helps us to know where we are which determines where we can go. Thanks to Ashwin Mohan in Bangalore, India for sharing these secrets with us, he has given permission for All to share….so please spread this post with all who you care about, especially children and young adults….and most importantly do give him a “thumbs UP” on the Youtube link….of course he would love to hear your comments too!  Adesa Adesa…..Namaskaram OM!

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  1. I thought his introduction to the topic was a great way to make the topic approachable. A topic discussed here is the concept of staying true to one’s self. As I listened I found the lecture to be thought provoking as I have recently struggled with wanting to give up on something that I have loved all my life. Nagayama encourages one to let their thoughts dwell on who they really are and where they are headed in the future.

    I came to Purchase as a music major and all through freshman year loved every minute of it. This year however, I have noticed a significant change in my excitement for music. I often find myself complaining about not liking the music or not wanting to attend rehearsals. When I sit and allow myself to reflect deeply I try to pinpoint the onset of such a negative attitude. I remember when there was a time that I was often told by people that they loved how excited I was about music. ‘So how/when/why did this person who is just the opposite surface?’ I would think myself. Is it the uncertain future when it comes to job prospects? Is it a consequence of the significantly heavier course load I am taking this year? Is is depression? I still haven’t found a cause. I do know however that deep down the person I was and would like to be again is still there. I would like to incorporate Nagayama into my own practice because finding the self that I lost and staying true to that self is something I so desperately need.

  2. Nagayama is a way of life that adds meaning and concentration to ones own life timeline. The manifestation of goals and aspirations can start small, week by week, or large, years by years. This practice is the fuel to progress and achieve. Increasing energy to move forward and gain strength to become a better person. Additionally, this practice gets rid of emptiness, the struggle of the feeling of worthlessness and no self-confidence.

    I use this in my daily life without being aware of this. For example, I set long term goals but most of my concentration is directed on week by week goals, maybe even goals set for the day. This gives me a sense of accomplishment and gives me energy and hope to continue making my life positive and successful. Thank you for the lovely video and enlightening me on this practice.

  3. I love this video and topic. I love the simplicity of the words and the idea ‘shit happens move on’. It sounds silly, but it really is that simple. It’s an idea we hear everywhere like in movies with slogans like ‘keep moving forwards’, ‘just keep swimming’, and ‘never give up’. This concept really helped me succeed in high school. Sure I was stressed about a test, but once I realized my stress now won’t help me later or now then why stress and then I stopped stressing. Once I got the grade back, if I didn’t do well I wouldn’t stress because it didn’t hurt me I could still go on live and do well. This also helped me recently during a break up. I was obviously sad, but it wasn’t the first time they had hurt me and I was no longer interested in being sad. I made a plan, I was going to be happy and do me and discover me and this plan made me happy and helped me move on incredibly fast. Too many people cling to the bad that has happened and that’s no way to get better. The only way to get better is to move on.

  4. At the end of the day, we are the only ones in charge of our own destiny. We alone make all of the decisions that lead us to the future. As someone who is currently facing a large leap into adult life, I often find myself picturing what my life could possibly be like. The multitude of possible outcomes is both terrifying and exhilarating. However, the process of picturing my future is what drives me to pursue my passions and brush off any minute things or current tribulations.

    I still do find myself getting caught up overthinking about unimportant things (sweating the small stuff, as they say), but doing yoga has started to help remedy such toxic thinking. Having the mindset to look past trivial moments that only serve to do you harm is so important. To have the foresight to continue pursuing what you want most in life — or rather the life you want most — is paramount.

  5. The concept of Nagayama is centered around visualizing the future and thinking far beyond the present moment. It’s sole purpose is to promote individuals to focus towards their own personal growth and goals in life. If you would follow the practice and train your brain to only perceive a future filled with success and happiness, then you can shape your future. Mohan discusses how as humans, we often have long term goals or long term visions of what our future should be like. But we often experience blockages, that can thwart our efforts and deter us from our goals we’ve set for ourselves.

    There is metaphor used to compare our lives to seeds. Awaiting germination, and the tender love and care that we need to grow, blossom, and develop into the best versions of ourselves. If you stay true to yourself and your personal values and beliefs, you can get closer to achieving your visions and goals. So you must water your seed, to prepare for the future you want. We all have pasts, and things we are not so proud of, things we want to escape and leave in the past. It may be time to clean out your closet and stop letting those skeletons hold you back from future success. I personally use my mistakes as lessons on what not to do, so things can go better in the future. You can’t harbor over the past, just put things in place to insure a better future. But must also not let self doubt or fear of the future slow you down, because if you visualize it and paint that mental picture it shall come to fruition.

  6. I believed this listening to be very intriguing. The whole thought of mapping out your life in one cohesive timeline is quite daunting, to be honest with you but, it does make sense. Someone with no direction will definitely struggle but, at the end of the day who doesn’t struggle. I think the message is more directed to at least having a plan and having backup plans when a step falls through because chances are everything won’t go as planned. But as he says ” Shit happens, move on,” I think this statement confirms exactly what I’m trying to get at. Everything happens for a reason and whether it’s failure or success you have to be ready to handle that success or rebound from failure and a plan or timeline will definitely see what he’s saying. And to that notion, I agree 100% , there’s nothing wrong with mapping your life out just don’t expect to go exactly as planned and you’ll be alright.

    • Please do bring in your previous journals from Assignments #1-5 to catch up, or if you haven’t done them yet do them here online for a final grade that will be satisfactory.

  7. Have a vision or you’ll be week. Without a vision of what your life could be, it is very likely that in the big picture you actually have no goals. While you may see individual tasks at hand as goals, unless the action is in prosecute of your grander vision it might be a set back to your lifes true potential. In the long run Naga Vayu is really a mental guide to optimizing your potential in life by limiting distractions and concentrating on relative actions related to your vision.

    As a studio painter, the whole idea of Naga Vayu is very much inline with what is basically “life” for an artist. When Ashwin Mohan says “Shoot Fare” with your vision, beyond the status quo”, Every artist wakes up and peruses this idea within their work. Most times within art there is not even a roof to envision contacting. In fact that’s one of the most seductive things about art. Every minute, day, week, mouth, year, decade, and lifetime is connected and self evident in growth that once truly experienced it defines life itself.

  8. What he is saying is to basically set a main goal in mind and follow that goal. He also talks about how easy it is to get distracted by everyday life and how it can overwhelm us. I wanted to go to Purchase as my college after high school and I followed through on it and now here I am. I put everything into my goal and it came true. I also want to go into animation, so I am taking a lot of art courses to achieve that goal, even though I can get distracted.

  9. I found it interesting that the video talked about planning helps the body. The more that you plan, the more you help the body prepare for the things that you want to do. Keeping the momentum in your life is what helps getting through life easier.

    Focusing your timeline and creating it into your own way is helping you through life. He uses the 100 years timeline to help with their strength by doing this. I am coming to terms with what I want to do with my own life and I believe that this will help mentally and psychically. Preparing my body this way will help me with my own future and my own psyche.

  10. This video discussed the importance of creating a timeline for yourself and setting long-term goals, for example 5 years. He states that having these clear goals in mind will allow your body to create the energy and momentum needed to achieve it; while I find that a little difficult to believe, it is very motivational. I have always been someone who believes that in order to make something happen, you have to do it yourself, without reliance on anyone else. Planning will always help with this; I have found that when I plan for a goal and look for attainable ways to achieve it, and invest my energy into making it happen, the results will be fruitful. Likewise, a lack of energy or dedication will not get satisfactory results. It is easy to say you want a good grade, for example, but will you really study for two weeks before it or blow it off? You are in control of your own resources, as you are your own greatest asset.
    When you concentrate all the energy within your body towards one goal, you will get it done the way you want. It was very motivational for him to discuss putting your entire being into the simple things first; for example paying close attention when making a coffee or doing your mundane everyday chores will set both your mind and body up for more mindfulness, more thoughtfulness, and will give you an easier time with both seeing your vision and bringing it to life.
    I find it difficult to map out my life for the next five years, which I will work on and contemplate more. It is easy to say “I want to be this” or “I want to do this” in the future, but when it comes to the details and what it takes to get there, it may be hard to narrow down or specify. It is definitely not easy to plan out the next five years of your life but by keeping your vision/goal in mind and thinking about it everyday, you are making it manageable and making it more real.
    I will definitely be applying this to my life in weekly increments, and hopefully increasing it to monthly, then yearly, etc. Planning tends to bring me peace of mind, so taking away this information will help me to really solidify my goals and figure out what I am going to do to get there.

  11. This video discussing Nagayama, Nath Parampara Adhikari Pashupatinath brought up the phrase “Shit happens but immediately move on” and mentioned that there will be some things that will draw your attention and derail your thinking and stop your progress forward in the waking, dreaming and sleeping world. The comparison to these statements is to show that life will be full of ups and downs and that some downs will change the course of your life and that you don’t have to “get over it”, that it is ok to acknowledge the things that have impacted you in different aspects of your mind and spirit. He mentioned that one must add meaning to your years and fill yourself with at least 5 years of vitality to move forward healthily. That it will help you be awake internally to give you momentum towards the future. I fully believe in living a life with meaning and to plan for future successes and happiness. I have been thinking a lot about this lately because as a senior, I feel that it is a huge transitional period in a young life. I have been looking at it with fear and anxiety of the unknown but after watching this video, I should be feeding this moment of my life with vitality and strength in order to set myself up for a bright and beneficial future. Nath Parampara Adhikari Pashupatinath stated that living according to Nagayama will give you the ability to concentrate your resources on one particular goal which I hope to be able to incorporate into my life.

  12. Having long term goals is something that I have always struggled with. In regards to where I want to be I know, my career goals are clear to me. However I sometimes lose sight of them because of the fluctuation with my motivation. I am so easily overwhelmed that I feel like when I am on a good path it is only temporary, that I can only have a few good days before I have a bad one, and that completely throws me off and makes it harder and I feel like I am constantly restarting. However I am getting better at this. I have recently starting writing out to-do lists for myself and so even if I do have a bad day I can start where I left off as opposed to restarting and that has made things easier for me. I have also tried to remind myself that it is okay to have bad days and that can happen but it’s just learning to navigate them better that will truly help to have less of them or at least not let them hinder me so much. I also feel very strongly that I wouldn’t be anywhere I didn’t want to be and I know that about myself so I try to just accept that I can run away from my feeling of being unmotivated but I can push myself to just handle it and get through it better.

  13. This video has forced me to acknowledge a number of predicaments that I find myself typically facing, especially with setting goals and possessing the ability to fulfill them. In terms of long-term goals, I know what I want to pursue in my life. However, I have a nasty ad unhealthy habit of overworking myself to the point my body can no longer keep up and everything appears to crumble and fall apart before me, both physically and emotionally. This behavior is what usually triggered the panic attacks I struggled with throughout my life. I agree with his saying to set goals on a timeline and follow them step by step because this is such useful advice that people usually ignore. Although I’m aware of my goals, I currently lack the ability to take things step by step. I tend to overwhelm myself willing without considering the consequences. This is due mostly because I lack the organization skills in order to healthily reach and complete my goal. However, recently I have found that because of the IK practice, I find myself clearing my head and focusing much quicker. My stress also seems to be decreasing despite of all the activities I find myself doing. Overall, I agree with much of what he was discussing throughout the video.

    – Samantha Diaz

    • Try seeking a counselor at PC for advise to help you achieve your goals, they can offer tips and skills to help you sharpen yours. How about today reaching out and setting up and appointment it may make all the difference in your grades this semester and next, Namaste

  14. I think that his thoughts on planning the future out 50 years ahead was insightful. I wasn’t aware that I had been doing this since I was a little girl. I have one inner conflict and that is the quote ‘if you want to see God laugh tell him your plans’ planning is a good thing but often life doesn’t go as we planning so then what? Do we start from the beginning or what? I agreed and enjoyed all that he said, I found it comforting and also confusing. When things don’t go a planned how should we deal with it, if we really wanted that one thing. I’m unsure yet, recently I’ve been changing my external surround and this has lead to changing my 5 year and even 10 year plan on life. It is making anxious. I’m left in the air and I see how little control I have for certain things it’s scary.

    • Plans can be re-written, revised and scraped, go with the flow, prepare yourself to be able to withstand change, it is the one thing we can be assured of….things always are changing and so are we, keep doing your finger holds and IK and be well, OM

  15. I enjoyed this especially because I am a big planner. I believe in having things in a structured way because structure has a better end result in my opinion. Sometimes I hit rough patches like anyone else would and realized that sometimes these bumps can deter me from my original goals. It can be a struggle to constantly find things that keeps you going when it feels like there are so many obstacles and barriers to life. I think I am doing okay in life but it took much practice and I am still molding and shifting into a person that I overall want to be proud of. I have started a website that I invested my money in and hoping that at the end of this project, it will lead into something greater. All achievements matter to me.

  16. For me, my timeline and my long term goals are almost all I can think about constantly. The path that I have chosen, and the journey that I am currently embarking on gives me so much motivation in my day that at times I often find myself daydreaming about the future. The problem I have is stressing over whether or not things I am doing right now, or things that I have done in the past will negatively affect my future or halt my journey. I need to learn, as the video said, how to move on and leave these negative feelings behind. When you carry these feelings of negativity around with you, it is apparent to everyone around you. Not only will you not possess the strength necessary to continue on, but others will not be drawn to your negative energy, and as a result will not seek you out to aid you in your path to enlightenment and ultimately success.

    It is so important to have a timeline and goals, but it is just as important that these goals be attainable, and the journey that surrounds them to be as wholesome and stress-free as possible. Also it is extremely important to moderate time devoted to this timeline, both mentally and physically, so that we don’t become burnt out with our set of goals. This would cause us to become burdened with the uncertainty and anxiety of not knowing where our path leads, or if it even leads somewhere meaningful.

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