A Tapas-Building Sequence to Fuel Willpower

This sequence will cultivate the curiosity, stamina, and strength you need to move deeper into your yoga practice and make lasting change in other areas of your life.
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This sequence will cultivate the curiosity, stamina, and strength you need to move deeper into your yoga practice and make lasting change in other areas of your life.

Yoga becomes the training ground for making lasting change when you can meet any resistance with mindfulness, responding wisely instead of giving up. This sequence from Heather Lilleston, a Los Angeles–based yoga teacher and co-founder of Yoga for Bad People, will cultivate the curiosity, stamina, and strength you need to move deeper into your yoga practice and make lasting change in other areas of your life. Lilleston recommends holding each of the following poses for at least 10 breaths, eventually working up to 3, 5, or even 10 minutes in each posture. Practice overcoming any physical or mental resistance and sticking with the pose (but not if you feel sharp pain). At each step, listen to how your body responds and to any thoughts that appear.

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Teacher and model Heather Lilleston is a vinyasa- teacher-training and retreat leader based in Venice Beach, California, and New York City. She has studied extensively with Rodney Yee, Colleen Saidman Yee, Sharon Gannon, and David Life and now travels the world teaching yoga. You can find her schedule at heatherlilleston.com.