Everywhere you look, people are trying to get validation as to whether or not they fit in.

By comparing yourself to others, you are using contrastive analysis as a gauge for measuring your own self-worth.


This happens in every area of life:

  • Family
  • Friendships
  • Intimate relationships
  • Workplaces
  • Society

So, it comes as no surprise that your yoga practice is no exception.

Does this situation sound familiar? You arrive in class with the intention of taking an hour out of your day to decompress and reconnect with your inner Zen. You settle onto your mat, close your eyes, connect to your breath, and begin to disappear inward—letting go of the day and becoming present to this moment right here, right now. You feel amazing and are filled with gratitude for having given yourself this time—just for you.

Then an interesting thing happens. The instructor begins to guide the class, you open your eyes, begin your practice, and then BAM! You’re already checking out the person next to you in the mirror or the person behind you while you’re in downward dog. Your mind is filled with thoughts….

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