Friday, July 1, 2016
Are you Pure?
The Niyamas are the second limb of "The eight limbs of Yoga" and Saucha happens to be the first of the Niyamas. Saucha mostly translates to "cleanliness", but that refers to more than, but also including our physical cleanliness. Saucha is referring to cleanliness of body, mind, spirit, and surroundings, all helping to assist towards a pure, and positive life.
Practicing Saucha in our yoga practice- The practice of self hygiene before yoga class is a big one! Who likes getting a whiff of unpleasant smells during yoga class?.....blah! yuc! Taking care of ourselves is to honor ourselves, as well as being respectful of others. Keeping your surroundings clear of debris (storing bags, phones, shoes, etc in a designated area for such, back room or cubby holes of your yoga space, so not in the way of others). Having a clean place to practice in feels good, and shows a sign of respect towards our practice.
Practicing Saucha in our homes- Our environment often reflects our state of mind. When your bedroom or home is messy, your mind can often feel a bit messy and cluttered too. When we're surrounded by a clean environment, with clear surfaces, and possesions that we need, and not possessions that we've hoarded over the years and can't bear to get rid of, gives us the sense of having space to breath! Yay! We're much more likely to feel better and be clearer in our minds.
Enjoy your new practice of Saucha......scrub away.....mind, body, and soul :)
Posted by Stacy Sandler at 10:30 AM