The five niyamas are observances – things we should do a bit more of. The first of the five niyamas is Sauca, or cleanliness.
Grab your journal, or spend some time thinking through these questions. Consider how this niyama affects your day to day life.
What rituals or everyday things do you do to make you feel physically clean? This can be as simple as brushing your teeth or you may have a self care ritual that you practice once a week.
Consider your home and workspace in terms of cleanliness. What routines do you have in place to keep your spaces clean? How does it affect your mood when your home or work space isn’t clean?
Sauca can also be interpreted as cleanliness or purity of the mind and thoughts. Sure, it’s important to experience all emotions and thoughts. But maybe there are times when it would serve us better to catch ourselves in a thought and attempt to replace that thought with one that comes from a place of empathy and compassion. If you could have a spring clean of your thoughts, which would you get rid of? Which are not doing you or others any good?
What could you add to or change in your weekly routine to invite more Sauca in? Perhaps it’s clean sheets on a Sunday or prioritising keeping your workspace clean and organised? Perhaps it’s getting into a skincare or hair regimen that works for you. Whatever you pick, make sure that it’s something that genuinely makes you feel happier, that boosts your mood or helps you to feel calm and relaxed.
I challenge you to spend the next 7 days inviting in a bit more Sauca and seeing how that makes you feel! Let me know in the comments.