Greetings Yogis and Yoginis,
This week in class we will be exploring Tapas (discipline, austerities, heat and effort) and how this concept relates to the cultivation of our Yoga practices and the impact of our practices on daily life.
I think the world today is upside-down and is suffering so much because there is so very little love in the homes and in family life. We have no time for our children, we have no time for each other; there is no time to enjoy each other.
– Mother Teresa of
An obsession with hurry has been so worked into our social system that we scarcely notice we do not have time to love. Everywhere the slogan is "Hurry, hurry, hurry." Yet to be aware of the needs of others, to spend time with others, to speak and act with thoughtfulness, patience, and consideration, we must give time - a lot more time than most of us are willing to give at present.
We all need warm, deep, personal relationships to thrive, but modern life seems to place such a small value on them - compared with the high value placed on money and prestige and pleasure. It is so easy to be distracted and to fritter our attention away in countless ways, until we find we have little left for family and friends. By simplifying our lives, dropping less important activities, we allow more time for what matters most. But it is also essential to slow down our pace of living, so that we can free ourselves from the grip of time-driven thinking and behavior.
Words to Live By: Inspiration for Every Day – Eknath Easwaran
The homework is to experiment with yourself to see if bringing more consistency and dedication (Tapas) to your Yoga practices increases the time you have in the day to develop warm, deep, and personal relationships. See for yourself if your practices can support simplifying our lives, dropping less important activities, and slowing down our pace of living.
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Rushing Water Yoga
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