As shared in my previous post, the Niyamas represent our inner spiritual practices, made up of five Niyamas: Saucha, Santosha, Tapas, Svadhyaya, & Ishvara Pranidhana.
♥️ Saucha ♥️
Let's start unpacking this by considering all of the elements in our lives... our thoughts, mental health, physical body, overall health & wellness, awareness, emotional health, spiritual connections, spiritual health, our relationship with ourselves, with each other, our four legged friends, and with the Earth...
Saucha | Cleanliness:
When we put saucha into practice, we are dedicating ourselves to a practice of cleanliness in our words, thoughts, actions, and behaviours. This might mean creating a clean and pure physical environment and then deepening the practice as we consider ways to be pure of heart and uncluttered in all of the other elements in our lives.
What elements in your life could benefit from intentionally practicing Saucha?
In the Trauma-Informed Yoga Psychology trainings we focus on the process rather than the outcome. By honouring that less-truly-is-more, we allow ourselves time & space to connect with our innate wisdom... intuition.
Would love to hear your reflections, if you are called to share!
♥️ Dr. Melissa Jay
I give thanks to my wise teacher @susannabarkataki
Dr. Melissa Jay
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Dr. Melissa Jay is an Indigenous, Nehiyaw-Métis, person, a member of the Métis Nation of Alberta, and the Indigenous Director of the Canadian Counselling & Psychotherapy Association. We at Canmore Counselling respectfully acknowledges the traditional lands of the Indigenous Peoples (Inuit, First Nations, Métis) of Canada. We are privileged to live on sacred lands and celebrate all of the Indigenous peoples, who live, work, play, and care for these lands. As an act of reconciliation and decolonization, may we work together to answer the TRC's Calls to Action: Truth & Reconciliation Commission Reports and Findings.