Saucha is the first of the Niyamas. Niyamas help you prepare for the practice of Yoga, and help incorporate Yamas in your yoga practice. They require conscious commitment to apply mindful action in life. Niyamas are the key to the practice of Asana in your everyday life.
The literal translation of Saucha is cleanliness or purity – of body mind, and environment. This is achieved by consciously choosing and regulating what goes in our bodies, mind, and knowledge of various purification methods, techniques, and choices to purify and clean our body, mind and surroundings that will influence our physical and mental well being.
Cleansing of the body is accomplished by yogasana, pranayama and various cleansing practices prescribed by Hatha Yoga. To clean mental toxins, yogis carefully monitor what is allowed into the mind, the environment that causes disturbance of the mind and practice techniques such as meditation, contemplation, self-reflection and analysis.
As a result of physical purification, the body immunity is enhanced, thus allowing the body to fight off potential infections and recover from any ailments quickly. The body’s ability to recognize and savor healthy foods is enhanced while unhealthy foods are rendered unappetizing.
Enhancement of mental purity results in cheerfulness, happiness, and peace. This protects us from psychological toxins such as gossip, backbiting, coercion, sarcasm, and many other hurtful behaviors. Our innate intelligence is awakened and this results in productive and genuine relationships, transparency, trust, creativity and enhanced productivity.
The epidemic of obesity, diabetes, hypertension, mental illnesses, and depression in our societies is a reflection and result of lack of Saucha in our lives. Take a moment to reflect on the areas of life where we can enhance Saucha.
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