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These tutorials are to highlight what I’ve noticed in class as a teacher and student of yoga. How our egos crop up on the mat and robs us from the real peaceful and kind essence of a yoga practice.
🧘🏻♀️Firstly, What is ego?
Ego is that voice in your mind that either critiques you, pushes you, compares you. It’s the voice that tempts you to look around the yoga room to compare your practice to others and then bombards you with harsh inner dialogue as to why you are not as good/ strong/ bendy as them
🧘🏻♀️What is Alignment ?
When I teach or practice yoga I use alignment in 2 ways. 1) Regarding the physical posture to keep my body safe 2) Regarding Values staying aligned to my values I want to live by - values like kindness, acceptance, non attachment and contentment .
💖Today’s comparison I’ve highlighted the main ego push points in this pose vs the alignment cues I would use to uphold the integrity of the pose and honour your body
🙄Unnecessary HYPER extended lifted leg for no other reason than glory and external gratification
🙄FORCING the leg upwards beyond functional level
🙄SLOUCHING the spine compressing discs in lower back 🙄NOT maintaining integrity of pose by having to bend the standing leg
🙄COMPRISING health for image
🙄ATTACHMENT to visual image instead feeling
🙏🏼MICRO bend in standing leg
🙏🏼PROTECTING discs of spine by straight back
🙏🏼PROPORTIONATE extension of leg
🙏🏼STRENGTH and active thigh and glutes
🙏🏼FOCUS ON SELF NO-ONE ELSE .
Next time you come to the mat in class or at home and you feel that critical voice inside ask yourself, how do you want to show up today? .
I hope this helps you and your practice
Sending love xox
So true (=
The right versions alignment is wrong . Hyper extended need and she doesn’t have the core and leg muscles engaged to lift her foot. She is using her upper body strength the pull leg up and it is why she is leaning forward instead of extending up thru crown. She is still performing.
As long as you show yourself, it is a part of ego, which is not a bad thing but better assuming that
👏👏👌🌷 Great post
👏👏👌🌷 Great post
Woo rock on👏
Bust a move yogey
Maybe ego has no clue... Be a teacher help one out
These Ego vs. Alignment posts are gold. Don't listen to the haters.
What if I can’t reach my toe