Yoga since ages has proved to be beneficial for increasing flexibility, strength, concentration, immunity, self-confidence, etc. It enhances the positive vibes in our body and establishes coordination between mind and soul. Regular practising of yoga has proved evident in reducing blood pressure, heart diseases, anxiety, depression, stress and other negative impacts. But in a recent study, it has been proved that yoga might boost your ego. Let us understand how far the latest study on yoga practice is applicable.
Buddhism preaching on Yoga & Meditation
Buddhism is considered as ‘Yogic Guru’ to spread awareness on yoga and meditation. Lord Buddha preaching guides us to attain wellbeing by quieting the ego. And according to him, tools like meditation and yoga can play a vital role in curtailing ego and self-enhancement.
In a study published in the journal Psychological Science, yoga and meditation can sometimes move synonymous with juice cleanses that can develop the sense of superiority over others.
Two experiments performed to prove that Yoga might boost your ego
A team representing the University of Southampton has contributed to this theory by conducting two experiments. In their first study, they hired 93 yoga students and asked them to practice yoga for 15 weeks. During this period, they tried to gather details of their sense of self-enhancement. They also conducted sessions to compare the yoga students with other average students in the class which proved the increase in narcissistic tendencies and self-esteem.
In their second study, they hired 162 meditators and performed similar kind of study of practising meditation for over 15 weeks and regular comparison with the average students. The result being similar to that of the yoga practitioners.
Conclusion of the Study
Evidently, the study concluded that ego can be quit by practising yoga or meditation. In other words, it boosts self-enhancement. It can also be concluded that self-enhancement is not a negative practice. The study also proved that increased self-enhancements among the participants had improvised well-being.
There are contradictions to the study where others have pointed out that the teachings of Buddhism were not examined and considered. The yoga is not practised in the correct way to attain nirvana. The yoga and meditation classes should be set for the purpose of positivity and not to examine the negative impacts as it leads to the similar results.
Whatever the reasons for the study to be performed, it cannot diminish the teachings of Buddhism which were laid centuries ago. There cannot be a disagreement on the fact that the yoga and meditation, when practised regularly, gives positive impact.
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