What is 'Tapas'?

Posted on 31 January 2016

So, what's the deal with 'Tapas'? 

Tapas is one of the 5 Niyamas within the 8 limbs of Yoga. The Niyamas are moral codes or social contracts which guide us towards positive behaviour, especially towards ourselves. 

Tapas mostly translates to 'discipline' or 'to burn'.  You can think about this in regards to a fiery self-discipline.  This is going to be defined differently for everyone.  Maybe you need more discipline in self-love, so simply taking time to mediate and be still can be super beneficial.  Perhaps you need to get on your mat and work up a sweaty yummy practice and go for that crazy inversion you've been working on.  Whatever 'it' is, you already know it, so take the time and do the work.  

You know that blissful state of mind you are in after an intense class followed by a deep savanna?.....Yea, that's your Tapas working its magic.  Tapas is that fire inside that pushes us to do big things, but out of love, not fear or the ego.  Allowing ourselves to be more vulnerable is being courageous and stoking that inner fire.  

Are you practicing self-discipline and being courteous in your life?  

Namaste

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