At some point we are all going to reach a point in an asana where we are just not able to go any further.
Tapas, the niyama of discipline. Tapas also means fire, a burning desire or drive aimed at quiting a bad habit or creating a new way of being. How many times have you found your self looking back over the last few days, weeks, months or maybe years and you have not been to a yoga class. What happened? When you first found yoga you were there everyday, sometimes twice a day. There was this excitement inside of you that grew with intensity after each class. That is Tapas, and like any fire, it must be fed, it must be fueled or it will die out. Each time you let that flame go out it becomes harder and harder to relight the fire and get it ablaze again. A practice based on discipline can help to build that fire of desire burning within. Read the rest of this entry