सत्त्वशुिद्धसौमनस्यैकाग्र्येिन्द्रयजयात्मदशर्न योग्यत्वािन च
“Through cleanliness and purity of body and mind (Saucha, Shudhi) comes a purification of the essence (sattva),
a goodness and gladness of feeling, a sense of focus with intentness, the mastery and union of the senses, and a fitness, preparation and capability for self-realization. “— Patanjali, Yogasutras II.41
We both build our lives on the Eight limbs of Yoga, a prescription for moral and ethical conduct and self-discipline. The second limb, Niyama, has to do with self-discipline and spiritual observances. There are five Niyamas, and we are going to explore the first one; SAUCHA. If you have done self mastery class, dont worry, we are not asking you to do a cleanse, rather to look at how you can purify your daily life!
Saucha is the personal practice of cleanliness – of body, mind and spirit. Keeping our space and our body pure, we are able to move closer to pure consciousness. The practice of Saucha is not about adding anything to your life; it is about removing that which gets in the way of you appreciating the abundance that is already yours. Like the rest of the limbs, and the reason why Yoga is a way of life, a practice – not a “perfect”. Saucha is a never- ending quest, a constant practice like all Yoga. Cleanliness and purity of our environment, our bodies and our minds are impermanent and something we have to do and practice every single day. It lightens our being in every way. It has an instant impact, you immediately feel better after cleaning our closet or taking a bath. There is magic in the art of purification. But how do you apply this to your life, does this just mean regular detox or can you practice “SAUCHA” daily? We think so! Many of you have tried out the week long purify part in our Self Mastery class, but we want you to incorporate things that purify your life daily, that give you this lightness of being and takes away what is holding you back. These are simple but powerful steps that we recommend putting focus on every day. Go over this list and write down the areas you really need to work on.
STEPS FOR THE MIND
After going over all the steps, choose the ones you are going to focus on now and revisit this whenever you need to elevate. Purifying is a great tool when going through hardship, and when you feel you need to elevate your life. Where can you improve NOW. Most of us can improve in most of these steps but choose the ones your intuition guides you too.
Read this over a couple of times and revisit regularly (fall, new year, spring)! Use the practice videos to support you on this journey and the interview as inspiration!
Dagný & Eva
TRY our this 10 minute guided PURIFY meditation to purify your chakras and lighten up your aura.
Now if you want to really purify the body, practice this kriya with us! It is so amazing, and you will feel so good afterwards. It focuses on the first three chakras. 40 minutes of amazing breathwork, movement and chanting.
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