Tapas, the 3rd Niyama laid out by Patanaji, is translate as discipline, willpower, austerity. So tapas can be a hard pill to swallow for any fellow rebels who’ve never gotten along well with rules!
But far from falling in line, tapas actually asks us to double down on our rebellious nature. It urges us to go against the grain of habit, to swim against the stream of both our internal and the external status quo.
To do the harder thing when it’s the better thing.
I like looking at tapas as a framework for freedom. Where and what do we need to do to optimize our lives so we can expand from a solid footing?
Boundaries? Consistent Practice? Reprioritzing relationships + energy expenditure? A laying out of values and where we are misaligned?
Probably all of the above and more.
And when we are clear on where we want to go, we can utizlie the power of tapas to support us to get there.
Remember that we are not after discipline for disciplines sake but rather creating an architecture for expansion. And all of this under the banner of Ahimsa…remember that one? (non-violence)
So compassionately standing up to ourselves for ourselves…and loving redirecting where needed.
Encouragement + support.
🌱When have you done the harder thing? What did that FEEL like? Could you feel the heat of tapas while creating a new pattern?
🌱In what areas of your life do you currently need to assert some tapas?
And how can you do it lovingly?
🌱How can you bring tapas to your yoga mat? (Note it doesn’t always mean more heat! Sometimes the heat is in staying still - Yin is my tapas!)