The ego can manifest in many ways. It might be the desire to be the most flexible person in the room, the need to nail a challenging pose, or the pressure to keep up with others in the class. When we’re focused on the ego, we’re not fully present in the practice. We’re not listening to our bodies, we’re not breathing deeply, and we’re not experiencing the full benefits of yoga.

So how can we find balance on the mat? How can we quiet the ego and allow ourselves to fully engage with the practice? Here are a few tips: 

Focus on the breath: When we’re caught up in the ego, our breathing tends to become shallow and erratic. By focusing on the breath, we can bring ourselves back to the present moment and tune out the chatter in our minds. 

Practice self-compassion: Remember that yoga is not a competition. It’s a practice of self-discovery and self-improvement. Be kind to yourself and let go of the need to be perfect. 

Let go of expectations: It’s easy to get caught up in the idea of what we “should” be able to do on the mat. But the truth is, every body is different and every practice is different. Let go of expectations and embrace the journey. 

Embrace the challenge: Yoga can be challenging, both physically and mentally. Instead of avoiding the hard poses or feeling discouraged when you can’t do them, see them as an opportunity to grow and learn. 

Remember, yoga is not about the ego. It’s about connecting with ourselves and finding inner peace. By letting go of the ego on the mat, we can experience the full benefits of this powerful practice. 

If you’re struggling to find balance on the mat, consider working with a yoga teacher who can guide you in your practice. Email to enquire about private sessions with Savannah Jayne Yoga, where you can receive personalised guidance and support in finding your inner peace.