Lighting The Fire Within- Tapas

Without intention, all these postures, these breathing practices, meditations, and the like can become little more than ineffectual gestures. When animated by intention, however, the simplest movement, the briefest meditation, and the contents of one breath cycle are made potent.
— Donna Farhi

Tapas

If you look back on your life and think back to all the times that you needed to get something close to your heart accomplished, well I'm sure you had a blazing fire within that was helping you lead the way.  Tapas is that fire; it's self-discipline and dedication to your practice.  In yogic terms, tapas teaches us to get on the mat even when we are not feeling it.  Knowing that putting that time into our practice, will in turn, burn off impurities not only in the body, but the mind too.  It's these impurities that hold us back and fill the body with anxiety, fear, tension, and then leading to dis-ease if not tended too.  

If you are in need of a transformation, Tapas is a must!  The third of the Patanjali's Niyamas, Tapas is about working on yourself to bring the mind, body, and soul back into balance.  So, build that fire within and allow the breath to move you from one pose to the next, leading to a beautiful sweet reward of savasana at the end.  

 

Fueling That Fire Within

 

  • Make your practice a priority in your life everyday, whether it be through deep intentionial breathing, mindfulness, or some simple movement
     

  • Set the intention to burn off impurities during your practice, exhaling anything that doesn't serve you well
     

  • Do what's right and not what you "feel" like doing
     

  • Set a goal to practice once/wk, 3/wk, or maybe everyday, but whichever one you pick, stick with it
     

  • Build that fire within during practice, pushing yourself to your edge with a focus on strength 

 The sun has an everlasting Tapas (Key West, FL)

The sun has an everlasting Tapas (Key West, FL)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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