Yoga For Discipline

There are two commonly understood types of discipline. Internal discipline being your ability to differentiate right from wrong, and external discipline which is following societal norms, such as the law. But when looking at discipline from the perspective of yogic teachings, we understand discipline as a powerful code that does not require living a limited, restrictive lifestyle, rather a liberating tool for providing freedom, nourishment and wholeness.

In the past we touched on Patanjali's Eight Limbs of Yoga and discussed Niyamas or the "non-negotiables" of a spiritual practice by which we maintain an inner relationship to knowing who we are and what our purpose is in life.

Tapas is the third Niyama, also known as discipline, originates from the Sanskrit word ‘tap’ and means 'to burn or create heat.' Our mind naturally seeks pleasure, but by enduring through and accepting learning from moments that may feel unpleasant, our mind becomes more resilient, steady, and strong. The Yoga Sutras explain that through tapas, mental impurities are expunged, and mastery of the body, mind and senses can be achieved.

YOGA365 reinforces these healthy tapas and each foundational teaching, posture, meditation and breathing exercise, all designed to serve you both on and off the mat. It’s not always easy to practice tapas, but if we uphold that inner fire and desire to improve upon our yogic practices and way of being, we can shift our perspectives and lead a fulfilled life.