Saucha (cleanliness and purity)


When we have clutter, negativity, toxicity, and chaos, the atmosphere is not conducive to peace, freedom, and contentment. We may feel stuck, depressed, and unable to move forward.
Saucha is the first of the Niyamas (personal guidelines for living) and means cleanliness and purity. Saucha has inner and outer qualities.

Sutra 2:40 tells us, “Cleanliness or purity reveals what needs to be maintained and protected; what decays is external, what does not is deep within. “

On the outside we consider how clean and orderly our spaces are. This includes:

  • personal hygiene
  • keeping our home, our cars, where we work neat and clean
  • who and what we surround ourselves with (the things and people that influence us)
  • balancing what we put into our bodies, with consideration to nutrients, freshness, preservatives, and toxins
  • moving the body, nurturing it, and getting a daily dose of fresh air

If you look around and see an overwhelming mess, bite off a little at a time. Focus on one thing. Yogic philosophy is about bringing awareness without judgement in order to grow and make changes. Be kind to yourself.

Inner qualities of Saucha include bringing cleansing and purity to the mind, emotions and spirit.

Some ideas to try:

  • In the morning, begin a habit of setting an intention to experience contentment, love and peace throughout your day.
  • At night set the intention for peaceful healing as you sleep.
  • Make an effort to focus on the positive, being aware of your thoughts and words.
  • Be aware of what you watch and listen to and how it makes you feel.
  • Spend less time with negative people who sap your energy and negatively influence you.
  • Spend some time appreciating nature nature.
  • Review and clarify your emotions, knowing they provide valuable information.
  • Without judgment, honestly review your daily habits. Our personal habits greatly influence the state of our emotions.
  • Spend some daily time in silence, connecting with your higher power.