Tapas – Yamas and Niyamas

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Tapas means austerity. It is the heat of will, intellect, and determination which propels an aspirant through external deterrents into her/his practice, always. It is the antithesis of a victim mentality – it is an attitude of NO EXCUSES! Tapas can be as simple as sticking to a sleep routine, as involved as complicated daily ritual, or as thematic as seeing one’s goals to their completion. If one sticks with tapas, she/he will find that her/his endurance and ability to withstand life’s difficulties are vanquished!

Enjoy this unique explanation and yoga nidra with Paul – master meditator, long-time yoga practitioner, and transformational healer.

To see more in our series of Yamas and Niyamas, please view our Yamas and Niyamas Youtube playlist. All these videos were recorded during sessions of our Class of ’17 Yoga College – 200hr yoga teacher training.

See More In This Series


The Yamas and Niyamas


Ahimsa (Non-Violence)
Satya (Truthfulness)
Asteya (Non-Stealing)
Brahmacharya (Walking In The Ultimate Reality)
Aparigraha (Non-Possessiveness)


Shaucha (Cleanliness/Purity)
Samtosha (Contentment)
Tapas (Austerity)
Svadhyaya (Self-Study)
Ishvara Pranidhana (Surrender To The Ultimate Reality)

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As a yogi for lifetimes, master meditator, and divine transformational healer, Paul passionately, inspirationally, wisely, and lovingly shares practical knowledge about joyful, vibrant, and healthy living. He leads sold-out workshops and heals via his one-of-a-kind powerful Transformational Healing program.

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