As the weather warms and Spring blossoms, we think of new beginnings and new growth. In order to make room for the new, we must let go of the old. Release old ways of being and “sweep out” the clutter in our bodies and minds…Spring cleaning.
Yoga provides a number of tools to help us clean and purify ourselves:
Tapas, which comes from the Sanskrit verb “tap” “to burn,” refers to disciplined practices which create internal heat to burn off impurities.
Kapalabhati is a yoga kriya, cleansing practice, that uses the breath to generate purification.
Nadi shodhana is a breathing practice that cleanses the energy channels that run through our body.
Bhuta shuddhi is an ancient practice for purifying the body elements associated with the chakras, our body’s energy centers.
All of these practices help to sweep out the old and create room for new ways of being. When we combine these techniques and practice them in an integrated way, their true body-mind purifying power becomes evident.
“The purification of the mind is very necessary.” ~ Swami Satchidananda