Yoga Philosophy for the Urban Yogi

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Namaste!

I return to you from India with a full heart and a more quiet mind. Taking the time to step outside of my “western world self” is never something I regret doing. Thank you so much for making this possible! Without you, I am not sure that it would have happened at all.

I returned to teaching on Monday and could sense the channel flowing through me. I am in my sweet spot. The challenge now, is to keep that channel open. This is why it is so important to take time for ourselves, to set aside space to do what we love and to get in touch with that higher aspect of ourselves that so often becomes buried in our day to day life and mask.

While in India on retreat, we meditated in a cave where a great yogi attained enlightenment at the age of 82. It was from his dedicated tapas that he was able to reach illumination. Tapas is a Sanskrit word that roughly means “purification through fire”. It is a purification that comes from continual showing up to our practices, our relationships and ourselves.

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I noticed an incredible feeling of protection within the vibrating walls of the cave. This reminded me that in order to reach our goals we need to protect our process. We shouldn’t share our deepest truths and energy with just anyone. We should take the time and space needed to gestate and incubate until that birth of liberation flows through us – not because we want it to, but because it has no other choice than to burst through the seams of our being.

While making my way back from India, I took 3 practical actions to create my own personal cave where tapas can thrive.

1. Unfriend and Un-follow on all Social Media Feeds (who are all these people?)

2. Unsubscribe from Newsletters (sorry not sorry)

3. Delete all past text messages (no more lingering stories)

These actions, while fairly light, are paving the way for my focus and practice to thrive. It is also a simultaneous calling in of what I value most – which is human connection and experience.

Tell me, how are YOU taking action to build a cave of tapas in your own life?

Looking forward to connecting with you all soon!

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