Ego and Injury

mag-08yoga-t_CA0-articleLarge“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.

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