How Ashtanga Yoga Helps In Balancing Your Ego

How Ashtanga Yoga Helps In Balancing Your Ego

Ashtanga yoga is a form of yoga that involves harmonizing your breath with a progressive series of poses. It produces a lot of heat and makes you sweat profusely, detoxifying your body. It makes you flexible and tones your muscles while improving circulation and helping you feel rejuvenated. It also enhances self-awareness and helps you accept yourself the way you are while maintaining peace. The main goal of this form of yoga is to achieve a balanced state. However, it is important to keep in mind that every person needs different things to achieve this balance.

How Ashtanga Yoga Helps You Get Rid Of Your Ego

Surrender While Performing Ashtanga Yoga To Rid Yourself Of Ego

Yoga helps you relieve yourself from egoic thought. Ashtanga yoga, specifically, is meant to help you face your ego by getting you in touch with your true self. While ego is often used to indicate unattractive qualities like overconfidence, it is simply just your individuality. It becomes problematic

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when you tend to forget that it’s a temporary state. Clinging to your ego makes getting closer to your true self that much harder.

Practicing Ashtanga yoga helps in crushing your ego. While it is hard physically, emotionally, and mentally because it is abundant in difficult poses, the best part about this yoga form is overcoming all these difficulties and practicing all the challenging poses while not letting your ego and thoughts get the better of you. Like anything else, the end results of practicing this form of yoga depend on how you let it benefit you. So, Ashtanga yoga could either build your ego or destroy it. A good teacher is also an indispensable part of the process of destroying ego. If you surrender to the form while practicing it, you protect yourself from the temptations of ego; if not, you’re unknowingly strengthening your ego.

How To Identify Ego While Practicing Ashtanga Yoga

Don't Base Your Self-Worth On Your Ability To Do A Pose

This yoga

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form makes you aware of your thoughts. You start noticing if you’re basing your self-worth on your ability to do a pose; you may also end up comparing yourself to someone else when they’re doing a pose. If either of these happens, ego has gotten the better of you. The key to enjoying Ashtanga yoga without interference from ego is to cultivate the right attitude toward the practice of the poses. Once you manage to achieve this, you’re well on your way to self-realization. Remember not to beat yourself up irrespective of how bad your practice has gone.

Here are some signs that ego is taking over when you’re practicing Ashtanga yoga.

  • You are unable to do any new poses.
  • The person beside you is able to do new poses.
  • The person next to you just started out and is able to do poses easily.
  • The person beside you can do poses you’re not able to do.
  • The person next to you has just started out but is able to do poses better than you.
  • Your instructor didn’t assist, adjust, or praise you during classes the entire week.
  • Your instructor
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    had to assist and adjust you for every single pose.
  • You got called out in class.
  • You didn’t get called out in class.
  • Your instructor is modifying poses for you.
  • You want to modify poses but your instructor doesn’t let you.
  • Your instructor made you do a pose again and again.
  • Your new instructor stopped you in the middle of exercises you’ve been doing for years.
  • Your ego and thoughts dominate your mind and tell you that you can’t do Ashtanga yoga.

The thing about this yoga form that makes it so effective against ego is that it helps you do what your thoughts are telling you is not possible. Let go of your ego; you’re sure to feel liberated from all your emotions.