peace everyone i trust that everyone is doing well!
today i want to share my thoughts on yoga without the ego. first let’s define ego.
ego: a person’s sense of self-esteem, self image, and self-importance. the part of the mind that mediates between the conscious and the unconscious and I responsible for reality testing an a sense of self identity. a conscious thinking subject. (dictionary.com)
now it’s virtually impossible and quite frankly dangerous to live life completely free of ego it’s necessary it keeps us in check at times. but let’s focus on the yoga asana practice and the ego.
there is no room in your yoga practice for the ego you have to let it go. the issue is that your ego tends to make you feel insecure, make you compare yourself to others, and create negative self talk.
a consistent and mindful yoga practice helps keep the ego in check. this practice must be done with intention!
here are some of the ways that i have learned to keep my own ego in check. i hope you find this information useful at some point in your own journey.
keep your focus on your mat
make it a personal practice full stop end of sentence. yes we may practice in a room filled with other yogis but make no mistake it is a personal journey. i know it is tempting to peek over and check out the form of the yogi next to you but that distracts you from your journey. the practice turns into a competition or comparison of sorts.
| the journey is personal
the ego shrinks our true being and we being to act or perform out of fear. keep your practice sacred, personal, pure and on your mat. listen to your teacher, your heart, and allow your body to create the postures that are intended for your in that moment in your body.
the ego really wants attention 😅 in order for the ego to operate the mind must be in constant thought. see if you can’t allow those thoughts to come in and pass instead of focusing on them. be present be aware bring the mind back to your breath if your thoughts start to drift.
trust your journey
it is just that simple. allow yourself to fully enjoy this journey. i can promise you there will always be a yogi who can go deeper into a particular posture, meditate longer, or seems to have the answers to all the mysteries of the world. guess what that is his/her/their journey. trust that your journey is taking you exactly where you need to be.