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This week in yoga: TAPAS :)

on October 1, 2012

No, not THESE tapas, sorry…

This week, we delve into the third of the Niyamas: TAPAS, or Self-Discipline 🙂

The word tapas means HEAT, and can be translated as self-discipline, austerity,  transformation, catharsis, or inner flame. The root of the word is also “tap”, which means to apply one’s heart. Tapas, then, takes form in the day-to-day choices we make to burn away that which is inauthentic in honor of that which we are moving towards. 

Burning away the laziness by consistently showing up to the yoga mat, the fitness studio, the gym, or the running path.

Burning away habits that derail us from our goals.

Fanning the flame of our inner fire by dedicating ourselves to that which is most important to us.

Not just going through the motions, but showing up to all we do with burning enthusiasm.

Having the self-discipline to show up and do the things we know we should do, even when we don’t want to do them.

But he knows he should do it anyway.

Tapas is about  digging deep to strengthen our internal fortitude to become all we are capable of becoming.

It’s about taking charge of our lives, reclaiming our power, and moving from passivity to ACTION. You wouldn’t just watch someone exercise and expect to get fit yourself. Similarly, why would you just learn about living a powerful, active, happy, healthy life, and not put it into practice?

So ask yourself this week… are you making choices that are indulgent, or are you making choices that build your strength and character? Are you following through on the life you WANT to lead, or are you pooping out with excuses because you’re “too tired” or “don’t have enough time”? Are you willing to prove to yourself that you are stronger and greater and more brilliant than you ever thought you were?

The greater your commitment, the greater your reward. You have all the tools, your power is truly limitless. So strike that match, light your inner fire, and illuminate the world with your radiance 🙂


One response to “This week in yoga: TAPAS :)

  1. Kris says:

    Thank you, this was lovely and a much-needed reminder. 🙂 ❤

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