“We don’t use our bodies to get into these poses. We use these poses to get into our bodies.” -Sarah Powers
One of the primary goals of yoga is to quiet the dominating ego (asmita). The ego is the lowercase self that we often falsely identify with (“I am a teacher. I am a man. I am absent minded.”) However, it is only a reflection of the true, capital SELF (purusha). The ego is a reflection tainted with smudges of emotion, false knowledge, and fears. Yoga helps us clean this lens, so as to come in touch with the true, unchanging SELF.