How To Use Yoga To Dissolve The Ego

by DailyYogaReflections on June 12, 2014

How To Use Yoga To Dissolve The Ego

 

One of the goals of yoga practice is spiritual development. Part of spiritual development is letting go of the ego and allowing the power of humility to shine through. We present with this question: ‘Can yoga practice help to dissolve the ego?’ The answer most definitely is yes and the reasons for this are stated below.

anjali mudra

On the basic level of yogic thought we can look at the human body. Tight muscles cause tension in the mind. Yoga theory takes the premise that the mind and the body are linked. In response to this, yoga asana, that is the physical practice of yoga, teaches us to stretch out and relax the muscles. This gives us flexibility and thus the flexible body gives us a flexible mind. It is this flexibility of mind that gives us the ability to view other perspectives and not only our own. We can then start to dissolve the ego and this dissolving of the ego is one of the greatest gifts that yoga practice bestows upon us.

In addition to this, there are many postures that we use in yoga that allow us to show humility towards the universe. Whenever we place two hands together in prayer pose or ‘namaste mudra’, we are showing respect and humility towards others. Again in child’s pose or ‘balasana’ we are bowing down and lowering our head in reverence and respect towards others. ‘Yoga mudrasana’ is another posture that also opens us up to bowing our head before others.

yoga mudrasana

 

yoga child pose

The very philosophy of yoga points towards making our inner being egoless. We are taught to let go of vices – and the most central of all vices is the ego. Yoga means union. Letting go of the ego means that you can connect with others and be in union with others. When we are aware of the seventh chakra, sahasrara, our highest energy point, then the ego is already destroyed and we are at this stage of union with the entire universe.

The Sanskrit word ‘namaste’ which is used a lot in yoga practice has been translated to mean that the light in me (or the spirituality in me) bows down to the light in you. The word ‘namaste’ comes from the Sanskrit root ‘namrata’ which specifically means humility.

Meditation, which is another aspect of yoga, teaches us to bring the mind to a point of inner stillness and inner silence. The words of the sage Patanjali teach us that yoga is ‘chitta vritti nirodha’ or that yoga is the cessation of the fluctuations of the mind. It is these ‘chiita vrittis’ or fluctuations in the mind that are related to the ego and when we teach the mind to come to a point of stillness, then we really experience what it means to let go of the ego and allow it to dissolve. The real beauty of the inner self then shines through.

It can hence be observed that everything in yoga practice from asana practice (which gives us flexibility) to philosophy and meditation teach us to dissolve the ego and connect, communicate and work together much more effectively with mankind.

All over the world people are connecting with yoga. People in every country practice yoga. The practice of yoga has allowed for the letting go of the ego and of boundaries all across the world. A real connection between human beings is happening as the practice of yoga continues to spread.

yoga quote

Leave a Comment