Niyama: Tapas



The niyamas are all principles guiding us on how to treat ourselves – and where sauca is about cleaning our bodies, tapas is about keeping our bodies healthy.  Tapas means burning, and it’s all about action.  When applying this niyama, we want to be developing our own personal practice.  How do we include exercise and meditation in our lives?  How do we make a habit of service?  And what are we burning for?

HeartOfYogatheyogasutrasThe niyamas are the second limb of yoga, found in a text called The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.  The translation that I used was from T.K.V. Desikachar in his book The Heart of Yoga.  Tons of great sources are available online  on the second limb of yoga