Judgment, shame and self worth in the yoga world: Judgment based society

yoga philosophy Oct 22, 2020

This post was originally published on Brahmaniyoga.com on Feb 12, 2019

The rise of judgement, shame and lack of self worth in the yoga world seems ironic and yet, when we really examine our interaction with yoga - its representation, the community and the commodity it has become, it’s everywhere. I travel a lot and teach in many yoga centres throughout the world and what I so often see is a lack of confidence and even confusion in teachers and students alike. When I press people for “why”, I recognise an enormous self doubt. The questions that arise from teachers and students are:

 

“Am I good enough?”

“Do I have enough students/followers?”

“Am I teaching the right stuff?”

“Should I be doing more handstands in my class?”

“I’m afraid of losing students if I’m not doing the same stuff as the ‘popular’ teachers”

 

What happened to our inner call to slow down and be integrated...

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