Saucha: Cleanliness

Wednesday, November 23, 2016


Saucha: Cleanliness


When you think of yoga devotees (ahem, hippies), cleanliness is probably not the first thing that comes to mind.

However, the first guideline in the second limb of yoga (the niyamas) focuses on the purity of mind, body, and spirit.

It’s common knowledge that the state of one’s external world is often a reflection of one’s internal world. In other words, a messy car/room = a messy life. Likewise, when we don’t take care of our personal hygiene, there’s usually something going on beneath the surface.

Saucha is the practice of purification. It’s cleaning our rooms, and organizing all our stuff so that our home becomes a sanctuary for our minds. It’s making conscious choices about the books we read, the movies we watch, the people we talk to, and the food we eat so that our bodies and minds don’t become cluttered with negative energy. It’s taking the time to take care of ourselves so that the best version of ourselves is existing in the world.

It’s not an easy practice, I’ll admit. I recently made the decision to stop drinking alcohol because the effects it has on my body and mind weren’t in alignment with the kind of energy I want to maintain. However, during Friendsgiving the other night, it was a true struggle to turn down that glass of wine. It’s also been difficult to avoid the media shitstorm that’s been brewing throughout this intense election year. And after a long day, the last thing I want to do is clean.

But it’s always worth it.

The practice of saucha is powerfully transformative. The smallest of actions can make the biggest difference in your life.

So I encourage you to give it a try. 

Practice cleanliness. 


Practice saucha.

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