Today is the new moon and is the perfect opportunity to set new intentions for the Spring season (for those of us in the Southern Hemisphere). When she appears in Virgo, the new moon carries with her an air of cleanliness and purity.
In the Yoga Sutras, Patanjali outlines personal observances for cultivating happiness and avoiding suffering, these are called the niyamas. The first niyama is saucha and it relates to the personal cleanliness of body, mind and spirit. It also applies to our surroundings and environment. By keeping our homes and our bodies clean, we are able to move closer to pure consciousness.
The new moon is the best time to de clutter and spring clean our homes, our bodies and our minds. The cleansing process involves letting go of anything that is no longer in line with your higher purpose, this may mean letting go of certain people, possessions, habits and beliefs that no longer serve you and to transform those into new thought patterns and habits that support your wellbeing and creativity. What you set in motion now will serve you well throughout Spring and allow you the time and space to create new realities.
Our bodies become very sensitive to whatever we put into them during this time. Virgo is associated with the intestines and the ability to digest our food. It is a good time to emphasize a pure diet and reduce the intake of toxic substances. Virgo can support us as we introduce healthier habits into our lives eating a purer diet, practicing asanas and pranayama, getting more fresh air, drinking more water and getting plenty of rest.
On the mat we find Saucha in our asana with clean lines, careful alignment, cleansing breaths and orderly transitions. Twist postures are especially beneficial for healthy digestion and elimination, and for releasing toxins from the body. Pranayama can be used for clearing energetic blocks in the body and expanding the flow of prana the energy channels. And most importantly, meditation is crucial to calm, clear the head and de clutter the mind.
“The body is your temple. Keep it pure and clean for the soul to reside in.” B.K.S Iyengar