Fire is transformative. As a bolt of lightning, it has the power to turn sand into glass. As the sun, it has the power to bring life through it’s warmth, and illuminate the darkness with its light. As passion, and dedication to yoga practice, fire has the power to transform the body, mind and soul.
In Sanskrit the root of the word tapas is “tap”, meaning to heat, burn, purify. In yoga, Tapas is one of the Niyamas, or observances of self-control, in the Yoga Sutras that refers to an austerity or strict discipline of practice. Tapas is the burning zeal in practice that comes from the desire to purify the body and seek spiritual enlightenment. A desire to transform. Continue reading