When you do yoga, ego comes to the forefront a lot, both when you indulge in it, and when you recognize it, step back, and say, "Hmm. Interesting that I should be so full of ego about not panting and gasping in shoulderstand, like that person next to me." Of course, recognizing ego is part of the realization that happens when you do yoga on a regular basis. But where does it come from? Is it bad? Is it good? I suspect it just is.
These are some of the things I discovered myself thinking this morning:
- This must be Level 1, I am so beyond this.
- Wait a minute, this is just Level 1, why am I falling over in tree pose?
- An exercise to prepare for headstand? Oh come on, I can already do headstand, I don't need to do this.
- That person next to me needs a lot more props than I need. Ha!
- Hey, this forward bend is really hard today, what's wrong with me?
Now that I'm home, I am a hungry yogi, but I have to wait because I am speaking to a group of University employees about the Mediterranean diet, for an employee enrichment lunch sort of thing, and they will be feeding me.
Well...maybe just a snack...