“When you have fortitude, you stand supreme under any conditions.”
-Sri Dharma Mittra
By definition, fortitude is having courage even in the face of diversity.
I like to apply this sentiment when teaching classes, especially when it comes to long holds or challenging poses. Some people may try to leave a pose when it becomes uncomfortable or it’s something they don’t want to try. I know, I’ve been there. When I first started practicing yoga, I would find reasons to leave the room when I wanted to avoid the challenging stuff. I don’t do that any more. Now, I’m all in.
The practice of yoga teaches us to remain calm even when times get tough. We learn how to navigate stressful situations, remain focused, and stay committed to an end goal. This is tapas, one of the niyamas of yoga, meaning austerity, commitment and self-discipline. Fortitude is essential to increase your tapas, so that when things fall apart or become challenging, you can move through them with ease, grace, and steadiness. [Read more…]