Tapas is the practice of igniting your inner fire. (No, this is not a blog on Spanish mini-meals). Tapas is a dedication to your highest self and towards developing healthy habits that are supportive, loving, and fueling. Through a consistent practice your unhealthy habits will naturally fall away.
Tapas is the practice of causing positive change in your life. Our inner fire (think energy and strength) is ignited when we are actually implementing our plan for self-improvement. Those actions, in turn, create a ripple effect of goodness in your life as it moves you into even more alignment, connectedness, wisdom, flow and peace. The heat generated by moving your life in a positive direction will burn up physical, mental, and emotional impurities.
Have you ever gotten lost in a flow state where times flies by and you feel great? That’s your inner fire, tapas, guiding you – lean in. You can visualize the fire within you coming from your stomach area, or solar plexus. We feel our willpower from this third chakra area, and is why we ‘go with our gut’ on instincts. On the flip side, be careful that your fire doesn’t burn out of control by feeding it the wrong fuel.
Comment below and share your experiences with tapas. What makes you most ‘fired-up’ in life?
Tapas Exercises: (1) Write something that you need to let go of down on a piece of paper. Burn the piece of paper (safely, please).
(2) Practice positive change in your daily life. What small actions can you take to implement self-improvement practices and ‘nourish the flame’?
(3) Practice yoga asana and burn some calories. You’re in luck, free classes here!
Niyamas: Observances of Yoga | Chapter 3: TapasTweet