The Sun enters Sagittarius today calling us to think big and to act on our vision, to imagine a better world, to expand our minds and our belief systems. Sagittarius is fiery and mutable and carries with it an optimism that reminds us to have faith and to connect to something greater than ourselves.
The Saggitarian centaur teaches us to search for our purpose in life and is especially concerned with bringing more consciousness into our daily lives. This is a great time to set goals and to take steps in that direction, it’s time to listen to our intuition and ask ourselves whether our actions are in line with our higher purpose.
The centaur energy is active and busy and also has the tendency to run wild without focus so the challenge presented to us is to practice Tapas as described in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. Tapas is focussed discipline, passion and enthusiasm. Without focus, the centaur energy can be wasted. While we search for higher meaning in our lives, there comes a point when we need to pause and channel our energies towards a particular practice, otherwise there is a danger of fleeting from one modality to the other without ever giving ourselves the time to savour, absorb and let the benefits of our practice unfold.
Practicing Tapas helps us to direct our energy and to keep it on track. We can do this in our asana practice with core work to build our inner fire and to burn away physical, mental and emotional impurities. The core is where our Manipura Chakra resides and directly influences our willpower and confidence. The element governing Saggitarius, Tapas and Manipura is fire, representing transformation and renewal. For transformation to occur we need the will and the courage to step beyond our comfort zone, this may mean practicing postures that we are not comfortable with. It is often said that the asanas we want to avoid are the ones we need to practice the most, by doing this we build confidence and dissolve our self-limiting beliefs. By facing our challenges we ignite our inner fire and create change, on and off the mat.
Tapas is the passion to practice for the love of it and committing to that practice. It is to burn through our negative thought patterns and remind ourselves of our passion for yoga.
“Practice and all is coming”- Pattabhi Jois