Find out Why the Practice of Shaucha Means More than Taking a Bath

Find out Why the Practice of Shaucha Means More than Taking a Bath



Shaucha is first of the five Niyamas, the second limb of the 'Eight Limbs of Yoga' from Patanjali's Yoga Sutras. The Niyamas refers to actions directed at ourselves and our inner observances. They are intended to help us build character!



It is the perfect time to discuss this Niyama as the Autumnal Equinox has come and we head into the Fall months. In any change of season, it is a great time to reflect on Shaucha or cleansing. When you cleanse you maintain a healthy immune response which is so needed during the cold and flu seasons. You cannot get any more basic in this first Niyamas than to stay clean. Saucha Soaps or Detoxifying Baths can help you in your first quest for cleanliness. Like Patanjali’s other Sutras, Shaucha doesn’t only mean taking your daily shower but to remove and not to ingest impurities in any form. We are surrounded and bombarded with new toxins all the time …think about the fact that we are now surrounded by Wi-Fi. Our bodies need to be ready for these changes and I can suggest the use of crystal therapies, smudging and Himalayan salt to deflect negative energy and clear the air. The Yogis knew that any impurity would have negative effects on our state of wellness and interrupt our quest for bliss or spiritual liberty. (Samadhi)




Not out of context, Shaucha also refers to the ingesting of media, who you are friends with (do they take your energy) and anything we listen to. In addition, the energy and cleanliness of our work and home environments should be reflected on as we change seasons. Is there anything that doesn’t belong? Can you donate? Should you decide it is a great time to change from chemical-based cleaning products to all natural? 



Gain awareness of the impurities in any context and take control. Don’t forget that the practice of Yoga Asana, Pranayama and Meditation are all beneficial in cleansing the mind and body which helps us all to gain access to our spiritual selves. Even if for a few moments a day, practicing Shaucha will further your quest for a life well lived and introduce the building of character. 


To your health!

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