Good Monday morning! Did you miss us last week? We took the Monday off from blogging to enjoy some R&R on Canadian Thanksgiving. This week we are BACK and we are excited to share with you the second limb of the Eight Yoga Sutras, Niyama. Where the Yamas are the codes of universal morality, Niyama are personal observances we undertake to live with integrity and purpose. Like Yama, there are five Niyamas, so today we will talk about the first one, Saucha.
Saucha translates to purity or cleanliness and it implies a purity of mind, body and soul.
Firstly, we can seek purity through asana (posture) and pranayama (breath). By practicing yoga postures and deep breathing we rid our bodies of toxins. Twisting is an amazing way to release toxins, so try Uttkatasana with a Twist for a powerful pose, or Supta Matsyendrasana for a passive twist.
Secondly, we can purify our minds by Turning. Them. Off. We know it is not as easy as flipping a switch, but by practicing meditation, or even just deep breathing we can clean away some of the clutter in our minds and begin to clean it up.
Thirdly, we can purify our souls or our spirits. Sounds like a tall order right? Here’s the thing, it is really more simple than we think. Whenever you act with sincerity and good intentions, your spirit is pure. At its very core, saucha emphasizes the purity we can find in our hearts. So, be kind, be true, be disciplined and be loving and then ultimately you will have achieved saucha.
Samara Zelniker is a yogi, wine drinker, pet lover and travel junkie.