“If the practice has any value at all, it’s because of the changes that occur outside of the yoga practice.”
Yoga eases some of our physical pain and strengthens our mind, “making us less prone to self-absorbed and dysfunctional behavior.”
When we have fewer worries on our mind, we naturally think less about ourselves and think more about other people.
5 things your yoga should be doing:
- Fewer self-obsessed thoughts
- Better interactions with others
- More compassion towards others
- More sensitivity
- More creativity
If these are not happening, then the yoga is not working (or you may not be being guided properly).
It’s so easy to get stuck in the self-focused physical practice (I want to jumpback, do a handstand, grab my heels in kapotasana, get the next pose, on and on). But the important question to continually ask myself is: “Is the yoga actually working?”