In Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra, tapas is identified as the third niyama, or observance. This term often carries many connotations, such as radiance, heat, burning and, perhaps most popularly, austerity. How does this notion from one of the seminal yogic texts apply in our modern day lives? Here, Sandra Anderson contemplates this concept as a joyous self-chosen discipline in which we gather the forces of our vitality and direct them to a particular outcome building inner strength and mastery.

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