In order for anything to operate at it's peak potential it must be maintained and clean. The 1st niyama, of the 8-limb path of yoga, "saucha," reminds us to keep our physical bodies as pure as possible.
The Buddha taught, "To keep the body in good health and clean is a duty, for otherwise we shall not be able to trim the lamp of wisdom and keep our mind strong and clear. Water surrounds the lotus flower but does not get it's pure petals wet.'
Taken into a deeper context, saucha reminds us to keep our thoughts positive, pure and clean as well. If our thoughts were written on our skin, would we still be as beautiful?
Today in your practice, build a mental purifying fire (tapas) in your body; use your senses to mentally wash your body, mind and spirit, bathing in a sea of consciousness and wisdom.
You will need a shower after class, but you will leave feeling clean, refreshed and pure from the inside out, like your mouth feels just after brushing and flossing your teeth. The external cleanse is the easy part, the hard work of detoxing internally, will have already been accomplished in class.
See you on the mat!
David Scott Yglesias (Founder, E-RYT)