Tapas and the Love of Our Yoga Practice

October 22, 2013    BY Shari Friedrichsen

Tapas is commonly translated as "austerity".  Shari offers two alternative meanings of this term.  Austerity can also mean discipline, which comes from the root word disciple.  As a "disciple" of yoga, tapas is the depth of the commitment and love you have for the practice.  It also represents the inner radiance you carry throughout your day as a result of having done your practice.  Practice clears away the dust that covers that radiance.

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Shari Friedrichsen
Teaching yoga for more than 38 years, Shari Friedrichsen, a key facilitator of the Himalayan Institute teacher certification program and a member of the 500-hour teacher training faculty at 8 Limbs Yoga in Seattle, Washington, teaches classes, seminars and trainings worldwide. She has studied asana, meditation, and philosophy in the US and India with respected teachers Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, Rolf Sovik, Amma Sri Karunamayi, and BKS Iyengar.

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