Secrets to Self-Discipline - Tapas Niyama

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There are 10 Yamas and 10 Niyamas - daily values and practices from ancient Vedic Sanskrit texts that help us reach our full potential in personal, spiritual, and professional growth, and liberate us from mental, spiritual, and physical suffering.  This month we are diving deep into our human aspect of self-motivation, self-discipline, and self-regulation. 


I look at self-discipline as a lesson that some of us have been exampled during our developmental period, and some of us have not. Regardless of whether we were taught it or not, self-discipline is a noble practice, it is our birthright, the fundamental tool we can use to achieve wellbeing, fully develop our abilities, and share all of our given gifts. The best news of all, self-discipline is a practice we can adapt and implement at any age! If we haven't learned something decades ago, a better way is always possible today.

5 Steps to Embody Self-Discipline

1. Decide to Grow up. If we have not been modeled self-discipline at the early stage of development, we have to consciously choose to implement it going forward. While there is nothing we can do with our PAST habits and experiences, today, as adults and we have ALL the power to pursue our development, to 'wisely parent' ourselves. As the first step to embody this life-changing value, we have to make a firm decision to grow into our best version of ourselves.


2. Let go of the past habits, forgive yourself and your past. We have to forgive ourselves for buying into the misbelief that we aren't capable of making self-honoring choices. Self-forgiveness is key. It was not our fault that we haven't learned self-regulation in our childhood.


3. Mental hygiene. If we have more self-doubting thoughts than self-empowering thoughts at any given moment, procrastination becomes a life-saver. Why do it if I can't?  When self-doubting thoughts are more common than self-empowering, procrastination is a solution for keeping things as we believe them to be. Thoughts, if not tempered, can put us into prison. There will never be a new routine possible, unless we clean up our mental mess. In yogic texts, it's often translated as 'burning in the fire' all the outdated garbage (pardon my language) that holds us back.


Mental hygiene is meditation, breathwork, journaling, neutrally observing our mental patterns. We build the awareness of all the self-critical thoughts that disempower us, and we mark those thoughts as untrue, we ignore them so they eventually lose their power to sabotage us. Disempowering thoughts sound like: 'I cannot stick to a workout routine', 'I always quit', 'I am not good at remembering names', 'I am not good at...' 'Yoga is not for me',  'It's hard to find a partner',  'I am not an early bird,  'I am too old for xyz', 'I am too short/tall/uncoordinated/unbalanced/weak',   'I'm not educated enough', 'I don't like snow',  'I am afraid of mosquitos',  'I cannot quit xyz',  'Learning languages is hard',  'I'm not creative' .. etcetra.  I can prove to you all those thoughts are untrue by a fact that there are at least 100 million people (and I'm being conservative) who are less educated than you, shorter, older, you name it who have accomplished whatever it is you tell yourself you can't.  We either think that we can, or we think we aren't capable - choose wiser.

So, step 2 is to catalog our repetitive self-doubting thoughts, put that useless archive into a fire, and watch our hearts Glow up with what's possible.


Please join our upcoming Wellness Retreat in Tahoe where we'll be doing the work on Limiting Beliefs.  

4. Take the 'mind's I' out  - and put your heart in. Take your self-doubting self out of the equation and think bigger, open your heart, commit to your growth and wellbeing as your responsibility for the greater good. When we think beyond our isolated self, we ignite our heart, and when our heart is in it, we flood with courage, inspiration, and drive. Our gifts need to be shared, our wellbeing contributes to the health of our community, and our story deserves to be told. Know that your self-discipline will make this world a better place.


5. Together we GLOW - together we take action. We are social beings and we mirror, lead by example, and inspire each other. Find a community that supports your growth, or reach out to a friend who is on the path you'd like to take, and simply tag along! When we surround ourselves with people who are self-aware, people who prioritize wellbeing and continuous learning, we are on a road to grace. Step 5 is to sign up for any group class, group coaching, support group and open your heart to the continuous learning and growing available for you to experience the richness life has to offer.  This month our teachers will be exploring the Tapas, looking at different angles of fostering self-discipline, and truthfully looking at our habits of procrastination, the limiting beliefs that block us from taking full advantage of our wellbeing. 

Every 2 weeks join The Journal Time Katrina is leading to support the community on this self-awareness journey. Journaling is a part of yoga called svadhyaya, self-study, an incredible tool for processing our life experiences and for closing the gap between our values and our actions. Join us in-person or via Zoom >


Join our daily in-person and Livestream classes starting January 2nd. 

If you are planning on coming 2+ times a week, please sign up as an Unlimited Member, and if less than twice a week - 5+ Membership.



Please take a look at our current in-person curriculum of yoga and 360 Core classes, and try any class from home > 



Your life is now. Here. In the city. Make it more meaningful, enjoy it, do something different. We are bringing a variety of holistic leaders and healers to educate, unwind, nurture our spirit and entertain our curiosity every weekend > 


Plan your Work-Wellness Week Retreat for February 27-March 6. Arrive on Sunday, February 27 by 8p, or anytime on Monday - Wednesday. The price of the retreat is the same whether you come on Sunday or any other day that week.

Time flies fast: we try to speed up, catch up, only with our own breakdown. Come enjoy the stunning outdoors of our own backyard.  Take a breather and rethink: make time to create space for inner growth, play, and wellbeing WHILE building the life that we want.


Daily activities offered in the retreat by Katrina & Natasha:


- Daily Sunrise Breathwork and Meditation

- Mindset and Patterns Training with Journaling

- 2+ Hours of Daily Movement

- SoundBaths and Restorative Practices

- Learning to cross-country ski

- An adventure visiting  Natural Hot Springs (bring swimsuits!)

- Learning to build snow sculptures

- Painting & learning ukulele

- Cooking healthy vegetarian recipes

- Exploring Tahoe's resorts, spas, dining, and mingling with skiers :)

Arrivals: Sunday by 8p, or anytime on Monday - Wednesday. The price of the retreat is the same whether you come on Sunday or any other day that week.

Departing Tahoe: following Sunday after brunch

Location: Retreat is in North Lake Tahoe. If you need a ride, please email to request rideshare, after you made your reservation. Once reserved, you will receive an email with a list of what to bring.


$1100 one person shared room (2 beds, best to invite someone you know to enjoy Tahoe with) 

$1450 one person single room 

This is a small-group experience (about 10 people). Digital vaccine poof is required and we will provide the rapid tests.

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Sending you love, health, and helpful self-discipline,


Natasha & Glowing Team