Saucha

Last week’s classes focused on the first niyama, saucha, or cleanliness. It made me smile to show up at my 11:30 postrun class covered in trail mud! But saucha obviously means more than physical cleanliness. It’s honoring the space of the yoga mat, by trying to be clean in both the body and the mind. The trick is leaving all your junk outside the yoga room. If it’s still important, it’ll be waiting for you in the lobby of your consciousness after your session. But most of the time, you find that the virtual trash collectors have come and picked up that ratty old couch (to torture this metaphor) you left at the curb.