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May 8, 2021


Vatsu // Saucha

Spring is here, babe! The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and hopefully, you are tackling some spring cleaning! And you know what comes to mind when I think of spring cleaning? Saucha, along with the yogic system of Vatsu. 

Saucha and Vatsu combined are like your own internal Marie Condo. Which honestly, don’t we all want to be more like in our daily lives anyway? But before I get to the bigger picture, let’s get back to Saucha and Vatsu, how they tie into cleaning and organizing your home, and WHY tending to your physical space is so powerful.

Suacha means self-purification or cleanliness. Purity starts with our internal space (your mind, thoughts, words you speak, actions towards yourself and others) and it also encompasses our external spaces, such as your home, your car, or your office. Think of this as the base for spring cleaning! Then comes Vatsu, which can be thought of as yoga’s version of the Chinese tradition Feng Shui.

The idea in both systems is that a clean open space allows room for energy to flow, increasing productivity, creativity, and even happiness. On my YouTube channel, in my self-discovery program, The Yoga Inspired Life, and in my own personal life, cleaning and organizing, and purging are all fundamental principles.  

Because I fully understand and see the value in cleanliness and creating space! When you clean out the stuck stale energy, starting with material things around you, you directly create space for new refreshing, and inspiring energy. We can’t have both in the same space! 

So, where to get started with Suacha and Vastu for this year’s spring cleaning? Feeling immediate overwhelm with these ancient yogi systems? No stress, babe! I got you with an easy three-step plan to help make your spring cleaning feel as good during the process as you will feel after it. 

Step one: Simply begin. 

So often, with cleaning out our physical spaces, we go into overwhelm and don’t even start at all. This is why simply starting is the first and most crucial step. If you feel like you are avoiding a space, let’s say a hall or a garage, tackle that first. This method is often referred to as “eating the frog.” Sounds weird, right? But it is a system of productivity that believes in getting the most daunting task out of the way first. 

Mantra to tell yourself for support: “I am capable of anything I put my mind to.”

Step two: Create a system. 

I suggest having three piles while cleaning out: keep, donate, & toss. You only want to do this process once. Hence, as you go through your home, car, and office, ask yourself if this brings you creativity, productivity, or happiness? If the answer is yes, keep it. If the answer is no, can it get someone else these things? If yes, donate it and pay it forward. If no, toss it out. 

Mantra to tell yourself for support: “I create my own path and walk it with joy.”

Step three: Reset your space.

Once you have let go of the donation and toss piles and are left with your keep pile, it is time to set yourself up for that creative, productive, and happy state! You must be intentional with how you set your space up. Again this is where Vatsu comes in. Many specifics go into Vatsu rules but for a basic application, when you are placing items, ensure you feel an aura of PEACE. This will set the foundation for the new energy to have space to grow into. 

Mantra to tell yourself for support: “Thank you and I am ready for more”. 

There you have it, love; my three-step system to Suacha, Vastu, and spring cleaning. By combining these two yogic systems, you will reap the benefits of a fresh new space AND a new energy flow! An energy flow that will bring you precisely what you need to continue becoming who you are meant to blossom into this spring. If you’re interested in learning more about The 8 Limbs of Yoga definitely check out my posts on The Yamas and Niyamas, as well as these two more in depth posts on both the Yamas + Niyamas and a recent podcast episode I did on The Yoga Inspired Life Podcast all about them as well!

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Hey! I'm Shayla

I’m a yoga and fitness loving, green juice drinking, wanderlust-ing, wellness obsessed gal living in Los Angeles, CA with my sweet rescue dogs Penny Lane and Bali.

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