Guess what I've been up to today?...cleaning house: no kidding!
1) it's great exercise
2) it gets your house clean (obviously!)
3) if you are young and still live with your parents, it makes them happy
4) if you are old and live away from home, it still makes your parents happy...because everyone knows that all parents love it when their kids are doing something useful
5) cleaning doesn't cost much: and, if you're lucky, someone might even pay you a little to wash windows and sweep out the garage
|I said you might get paid a little...let's not get carried away!!|
Those are all the good things I have to say about spring cleaning. Now let me tell you how this relates to yoga:
Youthful Yogis know the importance of cleanliness...in fact, there is even a word for it in Sanskrit and the word is Saucha (pronounced "sow-cha"). Saucha has to do with keeping our bodies clean, but it also relates to our homes and even to the classrooms and yoga studios we spend time in; if a place is messy or unorganized, do we really want to hang out there?!
Believe it or not, Saucha also relates to what we put in our bodies as well as to what's going on in our heads. Wow, that pretty much covers everything! But seriously, Youthful Yogis know that eating healthy food and thinking positive thoughts help them to feel bright and energetic...what's not to like about that?
|I can't guarantee you'll be this energetic!|
So the next time your teacher asks you to straighten up the classroom, or your mom tells you to just-get those-Leggos-off-the-living-room floor-thank-you-very-much, try not to feel like your brain has just been hit by an asteroid. Remember that Saucha, cleanliness, is a good thing. You'll feel happy and strong if you make Saucha a regular part of your life.
And speaking of which, I need to get back to my spring cleaning. I thought I was done, 'til I found a pile of Leggos under the living room couch...how do you think they ended up there!?
See you again soon Youthful Yogis!