Let's start with the word SAUCHA. Yep, that Sanskrit word that keeps popping up here at Feelings Fitness. Just joining us? New to yoga? Here's a quick recap of saucha.
Saucha translates to cleanliness or purity. It is one of the niyamas .
The niyamas are part of the eight-limbed path of yoga written by Patanjali.
The eight limbs of yoga are yogic guide to living your best life.
YOGA can be used for SELF-CARE. As I always say, self-care is NOT selfish. It is impossible to pour from an empty cup, so fill up your cup first and then be of service to others.
Here are some self-care tips on how to use YOGA, focusing on SAUCHA, in your everyday life
Self-Care Tip #1: Cleanliness of MIND
Breath work and meditation can do wonders for cleanliness of the mind.
Nadi shodhana (alternate nostril breathing) calms the mind, body, and emotions.
Ujjayi helps to override thoughts by focusing on the breath.
Also, check out the "Food for Fuel & Feelings" episode on the Feelings Fitness PODCAST to find out more about how FOOD effects your MIND. You can find it on Apple Podcasts & Spotify.
Self-Care Tip #2: Cleanliness of BODY
Yoga asanas, poses, can do wonders for cleanliness of the body.
Twists aid in digestion.
Legs up the wall sends blood flow to the core.
Also, check out the "Food for Fuel & Feelings" episode on the Feelings Fitness PODCAST to find out more about how FOOD effects your BODY. You can find it on Apple Podcasts & Spotify.
Self -Care Tip#3: Cleanliness of SPIRIT
Yoga invites individuals to tap into whatever higher power he or she prescribes to.
Remember yoga is not a religion, all denominations are welcome on the yoga mat.
Cleanliness of the spirit can open you up to knowing your purpose and being of service to others.
Self-Care Tip #4: Cleanliness of SURROUNDINGS
Yoga invites individuals to evaluate their surrounds.
The cleanliness of surroundings can often dictate the feelings that are taking place internally.
Check out the "De-Junk January" episode on the Feelings Fitness PODCAST to find out more about cleaning up your SURROUNDINGS.
Bottom line, self-care is NOT selfish and yoga can help guide the self-care process.
Hi. I'm Suzanne and I know from experience how tough it is to raise a family in this fast-paced world that we all live in. I know how important it is to FEEL FIT(mind, body & spirit). The FEELINGS FITNESS blog is here to help you navigate through the seasons of life using YOGA & MINDFULNESS as tools! Join me as I share tips & tricks for HOME, HEALTH & HAPPINESS.