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Yoga and Ego

Today is the International Yoga Day. I will pray for the peace of the world today. The peace of the world depends on the peace of the individuals. If we give love to our kids, educate them to love and respect others regardless of the “differences”, the world will be a better place.

Sometimes, I can’t help to think that the world is wrong side up. The yin and yang are not in good balance that most of the time, the “black” is the new “white”. “I” has replaced “We”long ago.  It is a ME, MYSELF and I age and when you resist to maintain your human values, you are considered a fool …It is no coincidence that being nice and considerate (basic qualities of a human being) is now considered a “flaw” to work on in every domain of life.

Rather than calling the non-human behavior  the “false self “ or  the “ego” , the system is pushing it like leadership, intelligence and all the great attributes to succeed in this life. It is creating a superficial competition to make people hate each other for what they don’t have to break the values even more.  Do people with materialistic ambitions really live great lives? I am not so sure…

The ego is like a Facebook profile. When you view someone’s FB profile, do you ever see the photos of struggle of emptiness in there? No…You generally see the pictures of great looks, travels, parties, friends, happy marriages, families, great kids …etc.  The ego is like that, it is not who you really are, it is what you want other people to think who you are. It prevents you from facing the real you and living your life authentically. It makes you live for the validation of the others. Do I judge? No. It is human nature, we all have been there because we all want to be loved and need a bit of the ego to protect ourselves in this world. But when we let our ego dominate our lives, the unhappiness is inevitable.

I will give you a tip on how you can better understand who you really are and your false self … This is a short test that always works…Have some quiet room and breath a few times to concentrate. When you are ready:

  1. Name the first animal that comes to your mind. Why have you chosen that animal, what does it evoke in you? Note them somewhere.

After a few minutes, breathe again and concentrate.

  1. Name another animal that comes to your mind. Why have you chosen that animal, what does it evoke in you? Note them somewhere.

After a few minutes, breathe again and concentrate.

  1. Name another animal that comes to your mind. Why have you chosen that animal, what does it evoke in you? Note them somewhere.

Before I go to the results of the test, I want to talk about yoga and ego.  When you let your ego dominate your life, you feel resentment, jealousy, anger, greed, lies, inferiority and eventually emptiness. We all have past hurts and those feelings are the results of them. And only when we accept and face them, there is a hope to overcome those feelings. These feelings limit you in life.  A consistent yoga practice will accompany an individual to let  energies flow freely to overcome the negativity coming from the ego. When the energies flow freely,  the healing starts. The healing will eventually take us to the feelings of joy, peace, love, hope, humility, kindness, empathy and truth.

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Ego is like the voice of the spoilt little kid inside us that is never happy, always wanting more. When we learn to shut it down, we will become more free…

On the final note, only if you accept the change, yoga will help you. If not, don’t expect yoga to change you miraculously.  Take off the masks, face the real you and work on listening to it.Stay with peace love and yoga…

Coming back to the result of the test:

1st animal you chose is how you want others to perceive you , (in other terms the false you, your ego, how you want to look to others)

2nd animal is what you want in your partner.

3rd animal is You – who you really are when the mask is taken off…

What do you think about it ? Let me know your thoughts  😉

Yoga and Sensuality

In Yoga we meet two important symbols: Shiva and Shakti.

Shiva symbolises consciousness, the masculine principle, whereas Shakti is the feminine principle, the activating power and energy. The left side is the Divine Mother, Pārvatī, the “feminine” energy, and the right side represents Shiva, the “masculine” consciousness.

Shakti, the “energy” represents the maternal element, abundance and creation. In this universe, feminin energy is here to create , nurture, give warmth and security.

Only when Shiva and Shakti get together , they can create action, movement. The energy without  consciousness is “blind” and the consciousness without energy is a “sleeping energy.”

We all have Shiva and Shakti energies in us ,of  the masculine and feminine principles.  And those energies are stored in Root ( Muladhara) and Sacral (Swadhisthana) chakras. This is why when only we balance the energies in those chakras, we are able to awaken our creativity, pleasure and productivity to the fullest.

When we learn to love ourselves, we become more sensual and when we are more sensual, we are more passionate  and there is room for pleasure in life…

On a personal note, since I have practiced yoga, I feel that sensual energy is flowing more freely as I have been able to get that powerful feminine creative energy out and use it to move towards my dreams . That energy is complemented by masculine consciousness giving my goals a meaningful form, direction.

I find those postures quiet useful to bring out the sensual energy :

  1. Cat & Cow
  2. Child Pose
  3. Bridge / Wheel
  4. Downward Facing Dog, Half Dog
  5. Hero & Reclining Hero
  6. Fish Pose
  7. Scorpion
  8. HandStand / HeadStand ( or other inversions)
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When (self)love and sensuality co-exist, I believe there is passion for everything in life…

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