A Yoga Theme for Spring Cleaning

1.You: Why do you teach yoga?

2.Theme: Spring cleaning. Can also work with themes about habits and getting organized.

3. HOVS: Sauca, cleanliness, intention, samskaras, clarity

3. Anecdote:

Open your class with any story or dharma talk about spring cleaning and getting organized. Perhaps mention the yoga Niyama Sauca and/or Samskaras, which are the unconscious habits that hold us back. Weeding out. Becoming conscious. Finding clarity. Taking care. Reinforcing intention. Growing something new.

5. Contemplations:

Shift can only happen when we can see clearly. Spring is a time to do that. We water and tend our garden of the transformation we want. Weeding out the things that no longer serve.

6. Golden Nuggets:

  • Shift Happens.

  • Spring clean your practice.

  • Pay attention.

  • Habits thrive in the unconscious.

  • Notice everything.

  • Housework is the reason people go to work.

  • Breathe in dirt; Exhale flowers.

  • Tend your practice.

  • Seek the light.

  • Turn toward the light.

7. VP: Spring cleaning is a way to bring everything to light, and create the transformation we desire. If we have clarity on the mat, we can have clarity in life.


  • “You leave old habits behind by starting out with the thought, 'I release the need for this in my life'.” Wayne Dyer.

  • “A weed is a plant whose virtues have not been discovered.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • “To tend a garden is to believe in tomorrow.” Audrey Hepburn

  • “Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habit. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.” Lao Tze