My newest tattoo...Tapas in Sanskrit... Tapas is part of the Niyamas (internal disciplines) with in the Eight Limbs of Yoga in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. Tapas...is part of our inner fire...it opens us not only physically but emotionally and spiritually. It removes impurities...it is mastery of the body and senses...and brings clarity and discernment...it is the intensity that comes with spiritual practice...the discipline we bring...its the journey...its the dance. Being with the dance.
So to have it permanently imprinted on my body will be a welcome reminder to be with the dance...Like the Hindu god Shiva...who dances so intensely that flames rise up.