Cleanliness and its Effects on Mental Health

Teachings of Ashtanga Yoga of great sage Patanjali is one of the most valuable treasures for the welfare of the mankind in many dimensions of the life experiences. The practices have been wonderful means of purification of our mind and body and bring the best possible psychosomatic health to the practitioners of Yoga on regular basis.

200 Hours Yoga Teacher Training Course imparts the significance of yogic life through the practice of Niyama or the  Personal observances of the Sadhana  of eight limbs . Cleanliness is the first of all the five personal rules for the preparation of higher stages yoga practice .

The process of Purity which is more on functional nature has great impact on the structural nature of the vehicle both on the gross and subtler level of the human body.

The purification of subtle vehicles is an important aspects of the expression of our thoughts and emotions 

It is said that, Cleanliness is next to godliness and the same concept has been beautifully explained in the Yoga Sutras in order to understand the profound effects on mental health through the process of purity as follows .

From mental purity (arises) purity of Sattva, cheerful-mindedness, one-

pointedness, control of the senses and fitness for the vision of the Self.

These effects are summarized as below

Mental Purity :

The essence of this purification is developing the  satwic state of the mind which is in equilibrium and capable of reflecting  on  the inner consciousness . The process of eliminating the influences of Rajas and Tamas contributes a lot for the placidity of the mind.

Pleasant state of mind :

This is the obvious result of the dominance of the Sattva Guna where the mind enjoys the peace and tranquility. This pleasant state of the mind is very useful in purifying the thoughts and emotions as the layers of peaceful lake settles its disturbances and make the water clearer and more transparent .

 One Pointedness:

Concentration of the mind is the third effect which brings the great capacity to focus on the object of meditation or any other task where in there is need of focus and channeling the mental energy for sustained attention .

Control of the senses :

Senses control is brought by the disciplined mind which can eventually discard the repeated distractions of different senses. The practice of disciplining the senses is great art in the conservation of the vitality and spiritual strength of the practitioner.

Qualification of Self realization:

Finally, When the mind and senses are under proper control and discipline, it is bringing the fitness  or essential qualification to attain the higher planes of the meditative experiences and concentration in order to enjoy the true nature of  the person  which is always covered and controlled by dominating mental modifications.