Yoga has never been just about our relationship with ourselves. It is about our connection with our Self as much as it is about relationships and the ability to connect and reflect with others and the world. When we isolate ourselves so much that we just exist inside our own “practice” we detach from the greater Reality and are subject to operate under our own personal version of what is real rather than opening to other perspectives and the divine reflection of others.
It’s one of these sneaky ways the ego hijacks the driver’s seat – not wanting to hear what others have to say – and hides under the disguise of things like martyrdom and unconditional love. We can trick ourselves to believing that because we are yogis or meditators or spiritual practitioners, we know Truth and hide away within our own minds instead of leaning into the support of friends, family and the wisdom of ancient traditions and technologies like yoga to help give us the full picture.
This isolated way of operating is super dangerous because we thrust ourselves right into the nasty position of playing god (one of the many forms of spiritual bypassing), thinking we know best and then we step into the world driven by an opinion that is isolated from the bigger picture, not connected. And this is the absolute opposite of yoga, union. So may we lean into the support around us . May we have the courage to ask for help and reflection. And may we have the open mind to really listen. May we become a part of the greater whole rather than building walls around us and keeping our hearts in a cage.
Yoga has never been just about our relationship with ourselves. It is about our connection with our Self as much as it is about relationship and the ability to connect and reflect with others and the world.