I talked a lot about cleansing on our yoga retreat this past week.

I talked a lot about cleansing on our yoga retreat this past week. This is such a big part of our yoga practice. Bringing our stuff to the surface, looking at it, and letting it go. 
What are you holding onto right now that isn't serving you? What are you ready to let go of? What pattern, or old habit, do you want to leave behind? One of the excursions we did this past week on the retreat took us to a temple in Ubud, where we got to participate in a cleansing ritual. At each statue in the pool, we were instructed to stop and make an offering. Then we splashed water on our face three times, over our head three times, and were encouraged to go under the water and let it run over our head and body. It was a really great experience. We often use symbols and rituals in yoga to help us draw a connection between the microcosm and the macrocosm and sometimes to help us bring together our inner and outer world. This cleansing ritual, in which we are literally cleansing the body, can help us to connect to the deeper cleansing we need to do in order to go inward and connect with the deepest part of ourselves. In Tantra, you are the individual wave, embodied consciousness, and you are simply the water in the ocean, connected to the entire Universe.