Shaucha – Written by Sophie Nusselder –
From cleanliness there comes indifference towards body and non-attachment to others*.
Saucha is the first of the Niyama in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. Saucha means ‘purity’ or and refers to the need to clean and pure love our inner and outer life. On the first level means that we keep our house clean, eat pure food without chemical additives and take care of our bodies. On a deeper level we practice asana to cleanse the body intensively, pranayama to clean the energetic body and meditation to purify our thoughts.
Purity is important because without a clear vision, we can not move forward. Just as we can not look through a dirty window. If our body is not pure, we feel lethargic, tired and agitated. If our energy is not pure, we get caught up in desire and aversion. With a polluted mind we can feel confused and unclear.
Practicing asana, breathing exercises and meditation has the power to purify our lives. We get detached of people, desire, or concepts in the world and come to understand the nature of existence and the true ultimate state: being in the moment. In other words, while one is responsible and active, one does not worry about the past or future.
Saucha gives space to the spirit, put the energy in motion and enhances our physical well-being.
*Source: Four chapters of freedom: Swami Satyananada Saraswati
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