Tapas means heat, specifically the kind of heat generated by certain yogic practices, or a certain approach to yogic practice. Tapas refers to the burning off of impurities. The idea being that we all arrive at yoga seriously stained by years of hard living and so, we practice to rid our bodies of toxins and our minds and hearts of selfish, lustful, vengeful urges.
In Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, tapas is grouped with svadhyaya and Ishvara pranidhana(II.1) as the three crucial elements of yoga practice. Tapas is thus tempered by self-study (svadhyaya) and surrender to or alignment with the Divine (Ishvaraprandhana). By really looking at and into ourselves, we glean which practices are serving us, which ones are merely generating more of the same old karmic imprints. By remembering that yoga draws us into alignment with the Highest, we choose to channel our energy into something much greater than the incessant building up and/or dismantling of our limited egos.
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