Tapas is Not a Dish but a Discipline…
Tapas is Not a Dish But a Discipline
The Yama Yoga Store blog is here to share the third of Patanjali's Niyamas which is Tapas, Tapas is a word from the Sanskrit verb ‘tap’ which means to burn, and gives us an overall sense of passioned or fiery enthusiasm. Tapas means owning your self-discipline, pushing your passions forward making the commitments necessary to burn off the obstacles that keep us from being in the true state of yoga physically, mentally and emotionally, and leaving ourselves open to our true selves and our true greatness. It is in the closest terms a practice of austerity.
Humans by default have a desire for personal growth and in practicing Tapas we focus on the determination it takes to stay in it. On the mat, as its referred to regarding asana practice, Tapas is the thing that gets you up in the morning and meditating before breakfast, it is the thing that stops you from eating unhealthy so your yoga practice can be better, moves you to get in bed early and provokes you to push yourself to go further in a particular Yoga pose.
In our daily lives, we can practice Tapas by continuing to learn, helping our children, staying passionate about our work, families, friends, and communities. We can take measures in disciplining ourselves to continue our good work through better health practicing ongoing asana, pranayama, and meditation.
In saying this, we remember why the Yamas and Niyamas are ordered the way they are. While Tapas is a practice and regarded as crucial as all of the other sutras we need to make sure that it is controlled by the previous Yamas and Niyamas. The previous Niyamas and Yamas give us the sensibility not to push too much or give too much that we “burn out”…but to keep the embers burning and finding the balance we need to persevere on and off the mat.
Use the Fire Within!
Sat Nam ਸਤਿ ਨਾਮੁ
Soorya Kirti Kaur