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This week’s assignment has to do with Purity.

Yoga changed for me in a big way when I viewed it from the perspective that Yoga is the Purification of the Mental, Emotional and Physical being.

Hatha Yoga is designed to balance and purify the body while bringing "light" or consciousness into the being, especially the joints. While everything is energy, the contents of your emotional and mental activity is stored in the body lending to your physical state while our physical state lends to our mental and emotional responses. The next time you step on your mat please remember what your doing is far more than exercise and if you work with yourself properly you will have accomplished a great deal indeed.

The practice of purity is interrelated. As we purify ourselves from the heaviness of physical toxins, or the clutter of our space, or the mental distractions or scattered-ness we gain clarity for the next moment. The choice of each moment will define the next. We all know that the future is now.

Many years ago I worked with a great lady and she said something to me that I would work with for years and years to come. "Motive is everything."

When I started on my spiritual journey I did it with an unknowing motive of wanting to "be good." I was never told or thought I was very good and I desperately wanted to be good. I slowly came to realize that one does not learn by doing things perfectly so being good was shortsighted idea, indeed. When we slow down and ask ourselves why we are doing what we are doing before we do it, it will likely change our choices as that same great lady told me, "A bad motive will bite you in the ass every single time!" In my effort to be viewed as good I was, and still at times, looking for validation from others. My job of purification is to live without validation.

Taking steps to purify ourselves will look a little different for everybody and it does not have to be some earth shattering extreme thing either. You can start with diet and exercise and you might move to purifying your speech so you speak no harm or no untruth in one day. It might mean that you decide to double your water intake while choosing to put something down as to lighten your load. Maybe it will be as simple as cleaning the clutter from your house or maybe put down an attitude of victim-hood or un-forgiveness.

The practice of purity is to also slow down and do one thing at a time. I really have no right to write on this as I am desperately crooked this way but I shall put it out there and try for myself. Have you ever had a conversation with someone and not looked them in the eye or heard even one word that they have said? Lord knows I have.

The practice of purity is near and dear to me. It defines my yoga, and it the very reason I want to practice yoga for life. The purification of our physical, mental, and emotional well-being is a lifetime endeavor. I know after this weekend I will be in the yoga room because "you can't think with a party in your stomach". A little effort goes a long way in this department. Have a great week everyone!

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