Tapas is another of the niyama from the Yoga-sutras. The root of the word tapas refers to heat that is used for transformation. The yogi uses tapas to “burn away past karma” which will result in liberation. The origin of the word refers to the motherly warmth and its necessity in the process of biological birth. For example, a hen sits on her eggs, providing warmth; hatching and birth would not result otherwise. Scholars use mother nature’s example in relation to the brewing of knowledge and spiritual rebirth.

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Self-discipline is different for everyone. We all have different things that we avoid. Those things we avoid can sometimes offer us the best clues as to what transformation would be best for us.

Certainly with yoga, it helps to practice every day. That takes a lot of self-discipline. Enjoying life also takes self-discipline because you need to eat healthy foods, get enough rest, be creative, and spend time with the people you love (the list goes on).

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My new goal is to be more vulnerable by being more friendly than I have been in the past. For years I have avoided opening myself up to rejection. But isolation can be unhealthy. I may be shy and introverted, but I can still try to connect with people. My plan is to be gentle with myself. I may not be able to be vulnerable to rejection all the time; I will honour my feelings. I find the easiest way to be friendlier is to start with a smile.

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Published by Renée Martel

I am a yoga teacher, and an electrician. I write a yoga blog, and I teach yoga classes online. My other blog is called End Lockdowns. In a democracy we accept that people have different opinions, and we allow those opinions to be voiced. My opinion which is that lockdowns are not scientific, and do not create healthy communities. The medical community at one point knew that informed consent was an important value. Currently the medical community has been split and there is a vocal part of it that thinks there are no issues with coercion and force in medicine. The part of the medical community that believes in mandating medical procedures and segregation is currently promoted through social media and other big tech. We are seeing a huge shift in wealth as a result. Poverty does not make people healthier. I do not think using force and coercion in medicine is a health promoting way to function. In the future, this will fail. It is only a matter of when. "Teach what is inside you, not as it applies to you, to yourself, but as it applies to the other." Yogacarya Sri T Krishnamacharya 

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