Tapas – Austerity or Discipline

Tapas the activity of keeping the body fit or to confront and handle inner urges. It means to heat the body and, by so doing, to cleanse it. Tapas is also the cultivation of spiritual fire and passion. We can direct our energy to engage life and achieve our ultimate goal of creating union with the Divine. Tapas helps us to burn up all the desires that stand in our way of this goal.  Another form of tapas attention to body posture, eating habits and breathing patterns. Tapas includes specific practices, like fasting, holding silence, controlling the breath.

Things you can try to practice Tapas


Take time to breath deep.  Try focusing on your breath every time you glance at the clock

Go through a day without TV, computers or phones

Be silent for an hour or a day

Practice some kind of spirituality today

Affirmation for Tapas

I am in control of my bodily desires

I am mindful of my speech

I have a burning desire to reach my goals

I am disciplined in my spiritual endeavors

Journal Writing Exercises:

What techniques to you use to control your mind?

What is a current situation in your life that you need to apply greater discipline?

How have you used Tapas to achieve goals in the past?

How can you deepen your experience of Tapas?

Yoga Posture for Tapas: Surya Namaskar, Sun Salutation

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