When we start being what we would call “successful”. One more arm balance. Hold headstand a little longer. Get deeper into the twist. We succeed, and we’re proud. We’ve achieved something. When this thought pattern kicks in – then we start going backwards.
It’s as Krishna tells Arjuna in the Bhagavad Gita: Don’t be attached to the outcome of your actions. Don’t get attached to success or failure. Do your practice. Follow your dharma. Don’t get upset for days because the woman on the mat next to you managed to get into lotus while in headstand. And you didn’t.
Being able to do that might mean you’re a great gymnast, but does it make you a good yogi?