Yoga definitely zens you out, but apparently it gives you a pretty big head, too.
According to a new study from the University of Southampton, practicing yoga and meditation has major ego-boosting effects.
Often, when you enter the room at yoga class, they tell you to leave your ego at the door, right?
So this is a pretty interesting and ironic finding.
The study looked at a group of 93 yoga students over 15 weeks, and 162 meditators over 4 weeks, surmising that the whole ego-quieting claim of the practice needs to be seriously re-thought.
“Ego-quieting is often called upon to explain mind-body practices' well-being benefits. In contrast, we observed that mind-body practices boost self-enhancement and this boost—in turn—elevates well-being.”
Because the practice requires you focus on yourself, it feeds your ego.
You might think it’s a bad thing for this to feed your ego, but it’s not all bad!
The practice helps you formulate a stronger sense-of-self and helps improve your mental health.
So, as long as your head isn’t so big you can’t stand up without it weighing you down, you’ll be alright.