Welcome to our continuation of the Niyama Series! The 3rd Niyama of Yoga is, Tapas, translated as self-discipline or burning enthusiasm.
Burning enthusiasm. Sounds intriguing, doesn’t it? When was the last time you felt a burning enthusiasm for something in your life?
Harnessing tapas will be your path to cultivate the courage, discipline and determination required for healing, personal growth, or reaching your goals and deepest desires.
So where do you start?
Make a commitment for what you need to reach your goals. If you are a physical therapy patient or client, maybe your commitment is to do 5-10 minutes of exercises every day. Or if you are dealing with being overwhelmed and overscheduled, maybe your commitment is to sit in silence and meditate for 2-4 minutes each day.
Tapas does not look the same for each person. Like attracts like. If you want more of what you have, keep doing it. If you want to experience something different, you need to do something different.
Practicing tapas also means stepping out of your comfort zone. Trying something new that can challenge you physically or emotionally. Such as, having the conversation with your family member you have been avoiding for several months or longer. Or, signing up for a new workout/fitness class, an online cooking class, or starting a new hobby.
Please be aware that just as too much fire can be destructive in our natural environment or homes, you can cultivate too much tapas too! You want just enough to help keep you progressing without creating overwhelming stress or anxiety.
What resonates from what you have read above? What small changes or commitments can you make today to help move you in the direction you’d like to see yourself grow?
Meditations are integrated into our online group yoga classes. We cover all of these topics while integrating with the physical postures as well. Would love for you to join every Monday at 10am.
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