It will not give you superpowers: I am having a lot of trouble getting over this one cause I would really like to become invisible. It is after all in the Yoga Sutras, all that talk about siddhis, they are there! I swear. But the truth is that in this time and age we are more likely to become peaceful beings than to obtain any superpowers, at least not the big ones that Patanjali names.
On the other hand It all comes down to how we define "superpowers", ha? lawyers out there?. Perhaps a few superpowers that might be attainable and nice could be: "being kind to everyone", including those people we do not like. Or "clearing our mind from judgement" as in being able to walk on the street for one day without judging and instead sending blessings to everyone. Too flower power? yes, that is how the basic superpowers are, they hide themselves behind the curtain of being too simple, and not cool.
It will not give you a model's body: If you are looking to become a supermodel in the sense of how we think of them in the West (tall, ultra skinny, starving empty eyes), then yoga is not the way.
On the other hand: It will restore your body to it's origindal healthy blue print. Daily asana practice will put you in touch with your body at a much more intimate and deeper level, it will show you intuitively things that you did not know before about it, and hence will help you make better nutritional decisions which will lead to a healthy lustrous and beautiful body.
By the way, when I say yoga will give you a beautiful body, by the word "beautiful" I mean: healthy, well proportioned and taking into account the magnificent radiance of your own genetics. Beautiful with self love, the real love.
It will not get rid of your ego; Matter of fact it might increase it When we start practicing daily the results come rather quickly. The body begins to look good, and feel good. Muscles we did not know we had suddenly "appear", we breath deeper and the shine in our eyes reflects that. So it is easy to fall into the trap of going over the top, especially in the thought world, where nobody can hear, where only we know that we are the most flexible or beautiful ever... it happens, just something to watch out for.
On the other hand: Ego will present itself, oh in so many ways! it will be fun, easier to point out, to make friends with, to start a conversation. It is a lovely road at times. When we can identify it and get "out of the story" and "on with our lives", oh, it can be so humbling, so transforming.
It will not give you everything you want: Well this is the ultimate paradox of yoga, one of those things that leave you scratching your head. If you were to "get yoga right" and according to some very serious practitioners this happens only for a few of us among millions (but who is counting?) then we would find ourselves in position where we could have anything we want, yet, we would not crave anything...
Hmmm. I know, it kind of makes you ponder the question: "Why would I want to be able to have anything I want if I will not want anything anyway?
On the other hand, even though at the ultimate level we would not crave any of those things we thought we wanted, before we even we get there yoga might give us everything we need, just like the Rolling Stones song song goes: "but if you try sometimes, you might find, you get what you need". Yep.
It will not get rid of your anger: Anger is a common and popular emotion these days, it gets people noticed (not for long but it does), and it makes people feel like they know what they are doing. It is tied to control issues and we seem to have a lot of it as a culture. Yoga will not get rid of it, it might actually increase it as we notice the poses we cannot get, the way someone looked at us, the color of the walls, the way the yoga mat was slanted (don't think I am kidding)
On the other hand: just like with the ego point, it will reveal anger to us, the real issue lies in our capacity to actually recognize it, and transform it. Like alchemists we must notice when the monster is lurking over the shoulders, and then grab a chair, invite him or her in and have a chat, before we hurt anyone around. That might be in itself a superpower.
Can you imagine what a life free of anger might feel like?
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