Yoga Challenge: Niyamas (Personal Observances) #1 – Saucha (Purity)

Daily Yogi branch of Niyamas lower limb of yoga - Saucha, Santosha, Tapas, Svadhyaya, Ishvara Pranidhana
Niyamas – Saucha, Santosha, Tapas, Svadhyaya, Ishvara Pranidhana

Happy Day 6 of our 30 Day Yoga Challenge – Saucha

We have completed introducing and practicing each of the Yamas and hopefully, we have brightened the world we interact with over the last few days. I remember Ni-yamas as IN-Yamas, or our inner ethics. Niyamas (KNEE-ya-mas) are guidelines for our own personal habits or observances. Today we are learning about the first of 5 Niyamas – Suach or Purity.

2nd Limb of Yoga – Niyamas #1 – Saucha (Purity)

Saucha (SOW-cha) literally translates as purity or cleanliness from Sanskrit. This is a logical first for Yoga’s personal observances.. many of us start our day with a shower every morning. Saucha is about purity of the body as well as the mind, and reminds us to take a self-inventory of behaviors in our lives that no longer serve us, like unhealthy habits or negative thoughts.

If I examine my own habits, I am sure my past self who lived in muggy Atlanta and showered every morning would cast a side-eye at my new every-other-day shower habit. Did I become a dirty hippie when I moved from Atlanta to the mountains of Colorado? Perhaps.. it is certainly debatable 🙂 However the main reason is more closely related to the super dry air at 11,000 feet where I live, that was causing excessively dry skin when I was showering more frequently. Daily Saucha practices will vary depending on your own body and your own needs. We will talk about Ayurveda, a sister science to yoga with many cleanliness rituals, during upcoming challenge days.

Today’s Positive Practice suggestion

Today’s Daily Yogi Practice is to pamper yourself with a deep cleaning or other self-care. Need some ideas?

  • Enjoy a long shower or bubble bath.
  • Maybe give yourself a pedicure, with a warm foot soak and lotion massage after, whether you paint your toes or not.
  • Perhaps try a tooth whitening treatment.
  • Relax with a face mask and cucumber slices over your eyes.
  • If you want to try a new Ayurvedic practice, maybe try oil-pulling (I recommend 2-15 minutes, not 20-30) with coconut oil.
  • If the days of social distancing are done, maybe book a last-minute facial or salon treatment of your choice.
  • Clean your insides with a clean-eating day – no junk food, or perhaps try another clean eating diet method or cleanse of your choice.
  • Whatever practice feels right for you to integrate Saucha into your day.

Want more Saucha practices? Check out our Saucha Guide!

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6 thoughts on “Yoga Challenge: Niyamas (Personal Observances) #1 – Saucha (Purity)

  1. This morning I actually took the time to get myself together for the day (shower, hair/makeup, and even did my nails) as soon as I woke up! With a 2 year old running around this doesn’t happen most days 😂 but I can’t believe the impact it has on my mood/productivity.

    1. It’s weird how when my nails are chipped it feels like an allegory for my life.. totally get it haha! I’m glad you made time for self-care, definitely not easy with a little one!

  2. Today I woke up early and put on my 60s outfit for my favorite early morning dance party. My days are always brighter when I start my day with Daybreaker.

  3. Today I wore my favorite dress to work and spent some extra time on my eyeshadow to try something new. Makeup is a fun creative outlet for me and dressing up gave me a confidence boost for the day!

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