Posts Tagged by ego
|January 13, 2012||Posted by Jean Hoiland under Jean Hoiland||
Members have been asking me all week if I read the article in the New York Times about how bad yoga is. Yes I did. I’ve been reading variations of that exact same article every year. October 2010 the pastor of the Mars Hill church in Seattle bashed yoga as being devil worship. There are all sorts of extremes.
Yoga is whatever you make it…and yes you most definitely can get hurt practicing yoga. You can get hurt rolling over in bed, getting into your car, bending down to pick up the newspaper or turning to greet someone in church. Just about every activity known to mankind has caused some sort of injury throughout history.
It’s not yoga causing injury folks…it’s the EGO and “operator error”. If you are constantly hurt and in pain it’s time to ask a few questions.
- Are you a regular practitioner or infrequent “weekend warrior”?
- Do you listen and pay attention to instructions?
- Are you attentive during demonstrations?
- Do you zone out when asked to focus on your breath?
- Do you remain in uncomfortable positions?
- Who do you listen to…the teacher or your ego?
We are a society of blame and immediate gratification. What happened to responsibility, hard work and perseverance? There are so many choices these days and people bounce from one thing to the next without mastering anything. Seeking that panacea of good health then angry and disappointed when minimal effort has zero effect.
What ever happened to slow and steady wins the race?
Only when we let go of the ego do we become true students of yoga. It is a struggle we all face on a daily basis.
Jean Hoiland RYT200
founder, owner, teacher