Sauca

In chapter two of the Yoga Sutras, Yoga’s foundation text, Patanjali introduces ‘Sauca’ as one of the eight limbs’ lifestyle guidelines. Defined as ‘cleanliness’ or ‘order’, Sauca is presented as a requirement for cultivating a more sattvic (steady, calm, centered) mind. The sutras makes a definitive connection between a clean, orderly external environment and mental clarity.

Personally, I can attest to feeling calmer, more at peace when my home and life are in order.

Based on Patanjali’s insights, when I see the more seasoned students teaching the newer ones the preferred method for blanket folding,I find it a beautiful, inspiring sharing of a meaningful Yogic principle.   All this is not to say that I may be a just a tad persnickety. In any case, until further notice, it’s ‘tassels in’ please. And have a great day!

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