Tapas=Heat, Heat=Energy

The niyama Tapas, can be translated as heat or perseverance. I’d like to look at this two ways. Heat first. We all know that heat is energy. We generate heat in our body thru our practice. We can think of this energy as healing and nurturing energy for our body/spirit. As we feel this energy, we can focus on it and direct it toward our spine (to our chakras). As time goes on and we continually do this, we will begin to really feel this energy flow. But as with all of yoga, this doesn’t usually happen quickly.
Perseverance is the wise use of our energy. “If it doesn’t fit, force it” is not an attitude we want to cultivate in our practice. Rather, “If it doesn’t fit, modify it” should be our mantra. As time passes, if our perseverance is tempered with contentment (samtosha), our practice will continually evolve.
This last Monday of February (28th), come join us for an Ananda based practice. We will focus our energy flow. We meet at The UU Church of Fresno on Alluvial in Clovis from 6:30-8:00pm.

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