When we asked beginners what their biggest obstacle to learning yoga, many of them responded discipline, motivation and commitment to practice yoga. Well today’s class is all about connecting to your internal discipline.
In yoga we call this tapas. Tapas translates as practice causing positive change and it requires discipline and effort. It is the transformative power of fire. Through the practice of tapas, your discipline will enhance your inner awareness and this awareness will guide you to freedom.
What many of you may have noticed, however is that the first step is overcoming your own inertia and breaking old patterns. In physics, an object as rest is known to stay at rest, unless it is acted upon by some external force. The hardest part is getting started, but once we get started, it takes much less effort and will.
The good news is, we only need a small spark of enthusiasm to ignite our power and will to light the fires of transformation. It begins with asking yourself Why? Why am I practicing yoga? What do I hope to receive from my yoga practice? Getting clear on your higher purpose and reason for practicing yoga makes makes it much easier to activate our own power. That is why we set our intention at the beginning of a yoga practice. It continually reconnects us with our why.
The yoga postures I have chosen today will also help to ignite your internal fires of transformation and connect you with your strength and will to get into action. They will activate your energy and give you the power to move into action when you find it challenging.
Resource: Anodea Judith, Wheels of Life
Yoga Postures/Asanas: Guided Relaxation, Dead Bug Pose or Ananda Balasana, Abdominal Curls, Modified Side Plank or Vasisthasana, Modified Boat Pose or Navasana, Revolved Chair Pose or Parivrtta Utkatasana, Breath of Joy, Cobra or Bhujangasana, Matsyendrasana or Half Lord of the Fishes Pose, Lion’s Breath or Simhasana, Corpse Pose or Savasana
Props Needed: yoga block, blanket, or chair, bolster
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