Sweating your asana off is wonderful — but you should be conscious of why you’re doing it. Beyond the physical, yoga can help us in our resolve to live life in a way that feels right. The yamas (social contracts) and niyamas (personal observances) make up the moral and ethical foundation of our yoga practice.
Tapas is one of the niyamas; it means “heat.” We heat the body to cleanse it — but there’s more to it than that. Tapas also means that we build heat, so that we can burn away anything preventing us from living authentically and enthusiastically. We stoke the flame of that “inner yes,” so that we have the energy to devote ourselves to our practice, even on days we’d rather stay in bed.
The seven poses below are guaranteed to help you create that fire in your belly, so that you can show up for yourself — and all the people in your life — with everything you’ve got.