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My NANA - The Yogi Guru Who Illuminated My Path



In the bustling land of India, where spirituality and tradition intertwine, I had the privilege of being born into a family graced by the presence of an extraordinary individual - my grandfather, my "NANA". In Indian culture, a Nana is the cherished maternal grandfather, and for me, he is not just a family figure, but an inspiration, a yogi, a guru, and an explorer. This blog is a heartfelt tribute to the man who ignited the flame of yoga in my life and guides me on a journey of self-discovery.


The Yogi Guru in My Life

My Nana, with his serene demeanor and profound wisdom, embodied the essence of a true yogi. He is not just a teacher but a living example of the principles he taught. His dedication to yoga and spirituality shines through every aspect of his life, and witnessing this from a young age left an indelible mark on my impressionable mind.


Sparks of Inspiration

From my earliest memories, yoga was an integral part of my daily routine, thanks to Nana's influence. The way he effortlessly flowed through the postures and practiced pranayama with a sense of calm mesmerized me. He became my guiding light, and I found myself emulating his practice, eager to imbibe the wisdom he imparted with each breath.


The Transformative Power of Yoga

As I grew older, my fascination with yoga deepened, and I realized that it was not just a physical exercise but a profound journey of self-awareness. Yoga became my solace during challenging times, offering me a sanctuary to seek peace amidst life's chaos. Nana's teachings instilled in me the understanding that yoga was not limited to the mat; it was a way of life, a means to connect with our inner selves and the world around us.

Himalayan Spiritual Quests


One of the most cherished memories of my time with Nana was embarking on Himalayan trips with him. He would take his students and clients to these sacred mountains for deep yogic and spiritual practices. The tranquil beauty of the Himalayas and the soul-stirring experiences during these trips showed me that yoga transcended geographical boundaries and touched the soul in ways I never imagined.


Beyond Physical Poses

Through these journeys, I unearthed the true essence of yoga - a holistic approach that encompassed physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. The poses were merely a conduit to delve into the depths of the self, where one could discover hidden reservoirs of strength, compassion, and enlightenment.


A Legacy Carried Forward

His teachings continue to guide me every day. The gift of yoga he bestowed upon me has shaped my identity, my choices, and my perspective on life. His philosophy to approach challenges with resilience, treat others with kindness, and cherish the moments life gifts us with, resonates in my heart.


In the presence of my Nana, I found not just a grandfather, but a spiritual guide who illuminated my path with the timeless wisdom of yoga. I journey through life, I remain eternally grateful for the profound impact he has on shaping the person I am today. My inspiration, my Nana, a yogi, a guru, an explorer, but above all, my beloved grandfather - his love, guidance, and yoga will forever inspire me and guide me.


"I look forward to our next trip to the Himalayas, Nana"


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Syamala Vadlamani
Syamala Vadlamani
Jul 26, 2023

Noopur


You have written so well.

I am so indebted to your Nana for gracing his blessings on me and my family.


About 18 years back, I was looking for remedies for my spondylitis and I went to Deshpande Sir’s yoga class.

During these many years of association with Sir, I have come a long way - learning yoga, embracing spiritual and positive thinking. And the opportunities to explore the Himalayas along with Sir added great value to my life. Myself and my husband Srinivas are ever grateful to Sir for making us part of his ever growing Yoga family

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Noopur Solanki
Noopur Solanki
Jul 31, 2023
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Thank you for your kind words and heartfelt gratitude. It's heartening to know that my Nana's blessings have positively impacted you and your family. Happy to know my nana's yoga class has enriched your life spiritually. The Himalayan trips must have been truly transformative. Wishing you continued growth and joy in your yoga journey.


Warm regards,

Noopur

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Bhavana Thakker
Bhavana Thakker
Jul 26, 2023

dear noopur .

we are blessed to have your nana ,our spiritual guru,mentor,father in our life,yog journey. we have learnt discipline and dedication with yog.he taught us Yog is way of life , it make you mentally and physically strong.we did himalaya trekking(cant even think in my dreams to trek with back pain ) but with sir , in his guidance and confidance that you can do it because sir is praying for our wellbeing always. with sir and swami samarth blessings hv many memorries to cherish of himalaya trek. Blessings to you . Be strong and beautiful as rasikaji she is truely an inspiration.

bhavana thakker

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Noopur Solanki
Noopur Solanki
Jul 31, 2023
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Thank you for your heartfelt message. Your words fill me with immense gratitude. His teachings have instilled in us the values of discipline and dedication, guiding us on a transformative yogic journey.


It's incredible how yoga has made us mentally and physically strong, and I'm grateful for the way it has enriched our lives.


Your warm blessings are deeply appreciated. May we continue to cherish the beautiful memories of our Himalaya treks and be inspired by the blessings of Swami Samarth.


With heartfelt regards,

Noopur

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Minaxi Kakrania
Minaxi Kakrania
Jul 26, 2023

Dear Noopur..

So well you have expressed your feeling for your nanu..

You are a perfect combination of brain+ beauty. ( within too)

Sakshat saraswati ho..


Sir has touched every ones life whoever has come in contact with him..

Specially in tough time..

He has always taught us the way to handle the situation with calmness, patience n faith.


I have got my father ( share same birth date)my mentor. My guru . .

Meri har khushi I share with him.. And I always seek his guidance whenever I am confused.


Feel blessed to have Sir in my life.

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Noopur Solanki
Noopur Solanki
Jul 31, 2023
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Thank you so much for your kind words and appreciation. I'm deeply touched by your warm sentiments. It's heartening to know that nana has touched the lives of everyone he has come in contact with, especially during tough times. I can relate to your feelings of having a father-like figure, mentor, and guru in Sir. It's a blessing to be able to share our joys and seek guidance from someone who understands and supports us unconditionally. With heartfelt gratitude and best wishes, Noopur


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Vipul Garg
Vipul Garg
Jul 26, 2023

It is my great good fortune to meet my Yog Guru Deshpande sir and your Nana almost 20 years back in Thane, Maharashtra, India. I joined initially for few months to learn and know Hatha Yog, but I quickly realised it's great benefits at body, mental and spiritual level that till date continue to practice whatever I learned from Deshpande Sir. It instilled courage and confidence in me, which I lacked in early years of my life.

My blessings and good wishes for your future endeavours in Yog, Noopur. May you take the learning from your Nana to next level and help others reach their goals.


Bless you. Lots of Love and Respect.

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Noopur Solanki
Noopur Solanki
Jul 31, 2023
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Thank you from the depths of my heart for sharing. It warms my soul to know that his guidance and teachings have had such a profound and positive impact on your life.

It's incredible to hear how a few months of learning Hatha Yoga turned into a lifelong practice, benefitting you at the physical, mental, and spiritual levels.

Your blessings and good wishes are deeply cherished. I am determined to carry forward the legacy of my Nana and help others on their yogic journeys. My hope is to inspire and uplift others just as my Nana.

Thank you for your love and respect and I am grateful for your support and encouragement.

With heartfelt gratitude,

Noopur

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Rasika Solanki
Rasika Solanki
Jul 25, 2023

Noopur my dearest daughter. You have made me so proud with ur achievements and also ur dedication to family values ur selfless love and concern for ur nana and family makes me feel so blessed to have such a caring daughter like u.God bless u with all the success in life.

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Noopur Solanki
Noopur Solanki
Jul 31, 2023
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Thank you mom for your unwavering love and support. I am blessed to have you as my parent, guiding me with your wisdom and showering me with love and encouragement.

I promise to continue making you proud and to carry forward the teachings and values passed down by our Nana. Your blessings and wishes are my greatest strength, and I will always cherish your love and concern.


Noopur

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