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Sauca (and, What's New for February)
31 January 2019

Sauca (and, What's New for February)
31 January 2019

Sauca (and, What's New for February)

It's is the first of the five niyamas, disciplines that refer to one's relationship with self. Sauca means purity, or cleanliness. In sheer practical terms, it means keeping your body clean and for yogis this means not just your body, but also keeping the space where you practice clean—clutter free, distraction free, visually soothing. Tall order if you practice in your living space, but there is something so calming and clarifying when you clear your little space of junk and dirt and roll out your mat. The mind becomes clearer and more focused. The practice flows from there.

So imagine my delight on Tuesday when I beheld the prop cabinet (seen above), rigorously organized and tidied by a work/study angel! It gave me such deep pleasure to see everything lovingly organized in its place. We, teachers and students, walk by this cabinet on our way into practice. Surely the state of things there helps inform how we come to practice, how we unfold and smooth our mats, how we fold and unfold and re-fold our blankets, and how much clarity translates from that initial impression, into our yoga practice.

Often we are rushing out of class and onto the next thing. it's the nature of life for most of us, myself included. If we all took just a little bit of time to restore order to our props, neatly rolling our mats, and "collecting" ourselves before flying out the door, there's a pretty good chance the quality of that effort would reverberate throughout the day, and into whatever comes next, after walking out the door.

As a teacher, it's a joy to register that calm order in the prop cabinet on my way in to teach, rather than averting my eyes from the chaos and opting not to "see" it as such. It reminds me, that glance, to similary collect and organize my own thoughts and intentions around teaching before I enter the space.

Thanks one and all, and please note the highlighted changes in the schedule (next box) for February!



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The building itself was renovated to be energy efficient, and the room is moderately heated in cooler seasons to promote a good, healthy sweat, but not heated to an excessive or wasteful degree. There are cubbies in our large office to store your personal belongings, a spacious changing room, a comfy sofa and a water cooler (please bring a water bottle to fill, to cut down on paper cup usage). Two nice, clean bathrooms are located just down the hall. There are also cubbies in the studio itself for valuables, which students are welcome to use. We have a full lending library of yoga books, and encourage students to borrow freely. Gift certificates are available for purchase in any amount.

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Please do not wear perfume or any strong scent

People with allergies can be very sensitive to scent. Also, lots of people sweating in a closed space is less stinky than lots of people all wearing different brands of perfume or deodorant.

Wear comfortable clothing

Not so tight it binds, not so loose it gets in your way. And please do not wear clothes that “gap” and are inappropriately revealing.

Practice on an empty stomach

If possible, don’t eat at least three hours before practice. If you know that this isn’t possible for you, eat easily digested food one hour before class.

No food or outside beverages inside the studio

If necessary, bottled water is okay, but remember we are trying to generate internal heat; constant sipping cools the body. After practice, drink plenty of pure water.

Bring your own mat

Shared mats are not hygienic; you may borrow one from us if one is available, until you are able to purchase your own, but please clean it afterward with the mat wipes provided. Please understand mats may be borrowed on a first come basis….we have only a few to borrow, and do occasionally run out of them.

Keep your eyes on your own practice

The practice is richer when it happens from the inside out. It’s not about comparing yourself with the person next to you. Be present with your own experience.

Be kind and loving to yourself

Rest when you need to. Honor where you are in your practice. Use the energy of those around to inspire, not diminish, you. Remember: you are perfect just as you are now, and yoga is meant to enhance that understanding and let that perfection shine. Have fun!

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Unlimited yoga with no commitment required.

*Full time high school and college students, Seniors 60+

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If you don’t yet have a mat, borrow one from us and please clean it afterward with the mat wipes.

We have a limited, need-based scholarship fund available for those who are struggling to pay for classes; please email or call us to inquire. We also gratefully accept donations for that fund in any amount. In addition, there are occasional work/study opportunities. If you are interested in being on the work/study list, please let us know!

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