Within Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras lies the Eight-Limbed Yogic Path and within these eight limbs are the Yamas and Niyamas, which are habits and practices that teach yogis how to take yoga off the mat and into their everyday lives as they cultivate health and spiritual enlightenment.
Saucha is one of the many important practices contained in the Niyamas and is translated as purity or cleanliness, referring to both the internal and external worlds of a person. Internally, yogis strive to have healthy bodies, balanced hormones, functioning organs, calm nerves and a clarity of mind. They achieve this by eating clean, pure foods, and by practicing Asana and Pranayama. In relation to the external world of a yogi, Saucha refers to self-care, personal hygiene, and the cleanliness and organization of the personal space. The internal is inextricably linked to the external and we see this in many ways, for example, external spaces tend to mirror the state of our mind. The more scattered our things, the more scattered our minds and vice versa.
As a yogini, my practice of Saucha has changed and transformed over the years as I have committed and recommitted to the yogic way of life and continued to refine my standards of purity and cleanliness.
I grew up on processed foods, I ate poptarts for lunch and fell victim to the marketing schemes of big companies touting the benefits of their toxic products. My subconscious thought was, maybe if I buy that Maybelline product or acne cream then I will be beautiful and worthy of love. Since that time I have learned of the incredibly harmful side effects of using conventional products, one of which is hormonal imbalance, which can cause acne, PMS, heavy bleeding, no bleeding, weight gain, fatigue, digestive issue, PCOS, Endometriosis, and even difficulty getting pregnant. Not surprisingly, I have since struggled with hormonal imbalance and sensitivity that among other things, has caused breakouts on my skin throughout my 20s.
I began to switch over to natural products when I went to Tanzania to work for and NGO. We were living in huts with no electricity and no running water, taking bucket showers, and using products that would drain out directly into the earth by our hut. It was the first time that it hit me:
Using conventional products was not only harmful to my body but also the body of mother earth.
From then on, I was adamant about using all natural products but as the years passed I discovered, even “all natural” products have some very sneaky ingredients that definitely did not sound natural and after continued research I found that many of the products I bought at health food stores were nearly as bad as the conventional stuff. As a result, I have continually disposed of personal care products as I learn the truth of the industry.
I recently went through a major purge after listening to Daniel Vitalis’ podcast “Rewild Yourself,” where he interviewed Nadine Artemis, a beauty philosopher and founder of Living Libations. They discussed how to best care for your skin and I was blown away by her knowledge and integrity. As a result I have completely transformed my self care regimen yet again and have a feeling that this one is here to stay, finally! (I highly recommend taking the time to listen!)
I am aware that it can be very challenging to give up our personal care products and I think women have an especially difficult time with this, simply because we use so many! Truly natural products can feel quite different from their conventional counterparts, lotions might feel oily, toothpaste might taste different and have an unfamiliar texture, shampoo might make your hair feel flat or not as silky, but over time as we heal, our bodies adapt to natural products and, speaking for myself, have incredible results.
Through this podcast, I found Living Libations and now swear by it. The founder and CEO of the company is a real wellness warrior woman, she uses only the purest and most natural, beneficial ingredients in her products, everything is unadulterated and from the earth. I plan on buying all my future beauty products from this company because I trust her standard of purity and since using some of her skin products I have no longer felt the need to wear makeup to cover up breakouts, because my skin is clear and glowing!
More on Living Libations:
- If you are local and live in Venice, she has a storefront! The women there are extremely helpful and understanding, check them out!
- If you are not local, she has an extremely extensive line of products on her website livinglibations.com (the site has a bit of a 90s feel, but it has some really incredible information).
- Currently I use her face oil called Best Skin Ever Rose which I use to oil wash my skin and as a moisturizer for my face and neck, BeDew Dab for spot treatment of pimples, and Happy Gums Clay Toothpaste.
- For more information on harmful ingredients check out her blog post here.
- If you’re curious about the best way to care for your teeth and mouth check out her information on successful self dentistry see here.
At Your Local Health Food Store:
- If you just want to grab products at your local health food store try the oil cleansing method using pure, organic jojoba oil which mimics the skin’s natural oils and has an incredibly long shelf life, just make sure you’re always getting the good stuff!
- You can use pure, organic rosemary, lavender, or tea tree essential oils to spot treating acne.
- I really like Booda Butter as lotion (doubles as low SPF sunscreen).
- You can use pure, organic sandalwood essential oil for your underarms.
- You can use raw organic honey or clay as a facial mask.
- You can try clay toothpastes from the store and see which one you like.
**I have no affiliation with Living Libations, I am merely a big fan of the products and I wish to spread the love and see the world get healthier and happier!**
Again, if you are interested in checking out the Daniel Vitalis Podcast go here!