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Secrets to Self-Discipline - Tapas Niyama

There are 10 Yamas and 10 Niyamas - yogic take on human values and ethical practices that help us reach our full potential for personal, spiritual, and professional growth, and to liberate us from the repetitive cycle of suffering. When we live in contradiction to the highest values, when we avoid taking the higher road -  we get stuck in a rat. 


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 well-being, fully develop our abilities, and share all of our given gifts. This life will always come with pain - the pain of showing up, of waking up early, the pain of hard work, of saying no to drugs, to mindless TV, or there will be the pain of regret, rumination, procrastination, and feeling stuck. The fire that burns regret is the self-discipline fire. When at the end of the day we put our heads on the pillow, knowing that we chose to honor our highest values, that feeling is empowering. The great news is that a self-discipline is a tool we can implement at any age! If we haven't learned something decades ago, a better way is always possible today.

Listen to MY PODCAST Episode 3 where I talk about the human superpower, discipline (Tapas Niyama), and what motivates me to maintain my commitment to daily selfcare and making moment-to-moment choices for the greater good. The episode finishes with a little breathing and EFT, an emotional freedom technique tapping exercise. Discipline is a big part of Yogic philosophy that helps us with our personal, professional, and spiritual growth. There is a pandemic of misinformation and a mismanaged marketing campaign of all the fitness trends, fads, and cults. It is so important to clarify our own vision and work our way to unlearn the limiting beliefs, including the toxic body image focuses behind many fitness brands.  I know we all dream of a regular selfcare routine, one that truly lasts a lifetime. This will be my 3rd year of practicing a daily routine. Last week, on the morning of December 31, I, together with my inspiring zoom group worked out, laughed, and were amazed at ourselves!!! Two (2!) years straight we did not skip our breathwork, workout, tension relief, and gratitude practice. Join us for 2023, it is NEVER late to build a healthy habit!!! Rain or shine, wherever you travel: you deserve to feel your best. 

To learn more & join my Daily Mini-Workouts Selfcare from home M-F 7:30a-7:55a PST via ZOOM - head here  

5 Steps to Embody Self-Discipline

1. We decide to Grow up. If we have not 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 embodying this life-changing value, we have to make a firm decision to grow into the best version of ourselves.


2. Let go of past habits, and forgive ourselves, and our 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. How would I ever, if I know 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 in 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, and neutrally observing our mental patterns. We build 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' .. etcetera.  I can prove to you all those thoughts are untrue by the 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


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, and 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, or 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 potential. 

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 >


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


Natasha & Glowing Team

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