Nowadays, the term “yoga” has gotten so many meaning. I am afraid later on it becomes the same as the term “love”. As we use it too much, we lose meaning of it. People in modern days, create stretches definition of what “yoga” is, and yet by the basic philosophy and understanding of the yogic practice, the goal of yoga practice is oneself to attain freedom.
Within the widespread of testimonial “yoga”, yoga practice has become very different nowadays. Practitioners choose their focus in many different direction, based on their “needs”. The problem could appear, when practitioner is not clearly see the truth of themselves. Who they are and what they are doing in their life. Many of us, of course try as must as we can to be a better version of us. Yet, still we haven’t found perfection.
When the heart is full of sadness and anger, it is easy for ego-self to take over in part of survival. And yes, the biggest challenge in this path of yoga practice is to work within the growth of ego-self. The ego would not change itself, until it comes to one peak of realization.
For example, during the lifetime of the ego. If the ego has not gotten satisfaction regarding to appreciation, then it is easy for this ego-self to seek only for self-appreciation. He will be thirsty of praise from others. But what he does not realize is that, behind this praise there is pain that is sneaking behind his back. Praise and pain is just the two side of one coin.
Another challenges in practicing yoga, caused by the not knowing and not understanding of the nature of our mind. We do not realize that it is the nature of the mind that is always changing. Never stop. Yet, because the changes happen very fast. We got confused. We do not know that when we let the mind be, the mind will be settle down and then we can see clearly of our reality.
One other biggest challenge in practicing yoga also caused by the judgment of the ego. The ego wants to look nice, to look perfect. And then one day we just cannot be perfect, and the ego is hurt. And this situation confused us. We think that our energy level is very low. But, the truth is we are the one who must take responsibility of what we do. Problem arise caused we do not pay attention to what we are doing.
“In our life, there only exist the action and consequences.”I. S. Kovpak