Yoga has a couple of niyamas or rules that need to be followed when you start the practice. It is one of the eight limbs of yoga which has to be followed along with the Yama.
The first rule of yoga is cleanliness. Not just keeping your environment clean, but also maintaining a similar level of cleanliness in your body, heart, and mind. Cleanliness as a practice helps you maintain a clarity which is paramount when it comes to practicing yoga.
Inner cleanliness helps you clear out any confusion or blurred visions that might occur due to stress or unscrupulous activities. Yoga guides that conscience to maintain the clarity of thought. The glaring question at this point might be how? Well, yoga as an exercise and a practice induces discipline, gets rid of negative influences, thinking patterns, help you stay away from jealousy, anger, pride, and greed which can be harmful and toxic for the mind. This ensures that a pure and conscientious you are born like a phoenix from the ashes.
Using yoga for the mind and body is essential. But how do you incorporate it into the body? Eating fresh, organic, unprocessed, holistic food can help you cleanse your body and also detoxify it in the long run.
Adding tamasic cuisine to the diet is known to elevate negative thoughts and behavior. Contrary to the popular belief, a vegetarian diet can help you live a holistic life. Organic and unprocessed food has no added chemicals and benefits the body in ways more than one.
Similarly using natural products and extracts from plants as cosmetics or perfumes can also help you feel better. These essential oils and products penetrate the body and detoxify it completely by flushing out damaging chemicals from your body. On the other hand, fragrant products such as coconut oil, lavender oil, and rose oil are known to have a soothing impact on the mind and gradually help you de-stress.
Opt for twisting postures or poses to cleanse your respiratory, digestive and circulatory systems. Having clean organs helps the life process to go on without any hassles. Moreover, your body would flush out any unwanted substances that might cause hindrance. Being clean on the inside helps you develop that emotional intelligence and let go of toxicity in your life. A healthy mind is a key to a healthy body.
As far as external cleanliness is concerned, it is essential and one of the most important parameters for a holistic living experience. How can one expect peace of mind and positive energy to flow into the house or the room with a pile of dirt lying around the corner? Keeping the surroundings clean and charged with positive energy helps positive energy flow in the rooms and the living space. If cleanliness is considered in the literal sense, maintaining physical hygiene ranks further ahead than maintaining a mental hygiene.
Eating the right food, practicing the right areas to cleanse the body and keeping the surrounding free from any negative influences is what constitutes the basis of a fruitful and healthy living practice. Consuming unhealthy food full of preservatives, additives, pesticides etc. can take a toll on the body, mind, and heart.
Meditation practices and breathing can help cleanse the lungs and oxygenate the blood. Clearing the mind of thoughts that refuse to calm down, can be trained to do otherwise with the help of internal and external cleansing processed.
Fostering clean practices when it comes to thinking and eating patterns can go a long way in procuring positivity. Not only is it known to keep mental and physical diseases at bay but also promotes a healthier and happier living.