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Tapas - Manifest What You Practice

Tapas… sounds fun right?! Yummy little dishes we can share with sangria and music!! If only that was the lesson!! Oh well, keep that pretty picture in mind as you move through your practice! In Yoga, Tapas is one of the Niyamas or guidelines for finding inner peace, and it's the process of building energy to fuel your day, your life, and your world! This energy builds momentum that guides you towards your goals. It literally translates as discipline, doing the hard thing. You can have all the good intentions in the world, but if you don’t actually take action and do the thing, those intentions won’t get you anywhere. Tapas means staying in the work even when you don’t feel like it. Showing up to practice even when you don't want to... or you're too busy... or life gets in your way. It even means holding a challenging pose when you feel like giving up and moving on. It means keeping your focus on your goals instead of your excuses. Yoga teaches us that in that moment, when you choose to Stay in the Work, that’s where the real gains are. That’s where you find the transformation you came to class looking for. This is why your commitment to Tapas is so important. It drives real change. When life comes at you hard, it's totally fine to modify your practice AND you still need to practice! Only with consistent practice will you actively build momentum to move in the direction of your True Life's Purpose. This lesson teaches us that whatever we actually practice in our life, not just our grand ideas, but what we actually DO... is what we manifest. Better make it something good! “To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one's family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one's own mind.” -- Buddha The next time you're not feeling motivated to roll out your mat and practice, remember the ancient lesson of TAPAS and how the momentum it builds moves you towards your bigger picture goals... You've made so much progress so far, you owe it yourself to keep going and stay in the work !

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