Finding the Breath: Why Tapas

I began this experiment because I was drawn to the word tapas and the concept that heat could somehow change deeply rooted habits, samskaras. As I puzzled over this complex philosophy in the weeks leading up to the experiment, I found myself unable to understand the correlation between a word meaning heat and the concept of austerity. I devoted myself to try and crack the meaning behind this elusive term by committing to remove mind-altering substances (caffeine, alcohol, sugar, etc) from my life.