On Discipline

Coming from a physical background, I found it a challenge applying the philosophy of Yoga to the practice of Yoga.  I mentioned in my previous post about the practice of Yoga, and the first thing that is required is discipline.  The discipline of practice; whatever it is you may be practicing.  So, if I look at my Yoga practice, then it’s having the discipline to do my practice everyday.  If I look at my work with Les Mills International as the UK Bodybalance Head Trainer, it’s the discipline of learning the choreography 100%, knowing that particular release inside out, of filming myself every so often to self-evaluate.  If I look at writing this blog, then maintaining the discipline of writing whenever I’ve decided I would write.

Now, I’m not very good with discipline.  The word just doesn’t sit well with me.  So, I ask myself if discipline as we’re referring to here is any different to cultivating a habit?  Habit, I can cope with.  Surely both words, acted out on a daily basis, mean the same thing? I develop the habit of practicing my Yoga everyday.  I develop the discipline of practicing my Yoga everyday.  I develop the habit to write everyday.  I develop the discipline of writing everyday.

Whilst on the surface, they may seem to be the same thing; TAPAS, as referred to in the Yoga Sutra, about the action of Yoga, can also mean “heat”.  We need to generate some sort of “heat” with our practice.  Therefore, if I think of discipline, just the thought of the word makes me hot under the collar. Is this what it means?  Yes, the physical practice of Yoga does get you warm; and if you practice Bikram Yoga, more than warm?!

But applied to life, what do you think?

Published by Ann-See Yeoh

In a world that moving at a tremendous pace, some of us are striving to peel back the layers and be in the moment. I believe that we are here to share, to grow, to evolve and to leave the world a better place than that we were born into. Whilst we are busy being diverse human beings, we can still remain humans being, and more importantly, that we live our kind of lives.

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