Analysing the self with transactional analysis – part 3

Written by Sophie Nusselder for Parimukti

In this article I’ll introduce you to the transactional analysis. How do I apply this theory in life and how can a yogateacher apply this theory? Also you can read an interview with Angelica Macky; one of our teachers at Parimukti. What is the art of teaching according to her?

This article consists of 4 parts:

1: Parent, child, adult nature

2.Three ego states

  1. Micro, meso, macro yogic lifestyle?!

  2. How does a yoga teacher apply this theory?

Part 3 of 4:

Micro, meso, macro yogic lifestyle?!

For me yoga is a lifestyle of being in peace with my inner self; where ever I am and whatever I do.  Patanjali describes this in sutra 2.46:  ‘Sthira sukham asanam’, which means: The connection to the earth should be steady and joyfull.

On micro level I experience yoga as the holistic philosophy that includes practices such as asana, kriya’s, pranayama, concentration, meditation and chanting is serving me to live a happy and conscious life. But hey! everybody and every ‘body’ is different. Whatever gives a human being an authentic experience and one is fully happy and in peace with what one is doing, one is  practising yoga.

On meso level I understand a yogic lifestyle as someone who intends to choose his/ her own truth or path while being in warm contact with family, friends and neighbours. Also in contact with colleagues at work this theory is applicable. Personally, I have been teaching yoga and theatre in a daycares for over five years, where I mostly had to work together with about ten colleagues. Finding the balance in identifying and following my own ideas while cooperating with them was a continuing process.

On macro level I connect a yogic lifestyle with a holistic approach. Systems (physical, biological, chemical, social, economic, mental, linguistic, etc.) should be viewed as wholes, not as collections of parts. 

I’d like to illustrate this with a personal example focussed on global environment consciousness. This december 2015 I’m organising together with the Non Governmental Organisation ‘Friends of the Earth’ ; a biking tour from Utrecht (Netherlands) to the Climate TOP in Paris (France). De Climate Top in Paris, or COP21, is considered by insiders as one of the most important meetings of the UN ever. In Paris; very probably 196 (!) countries will make an appointment about the shared climate policy of the world until the year 2030.

In Paris; countries must agree on the long-term goal of phasing out fossil fuel in order to keep global warming to two degrees Celsius. This is a crucial period for our planet. Science is very clear: the global emission of greenhouse gasses has to be reduced. I want to go to Paris together with as much other people as possible because I believe in international cooperation. I want to be in Paris when the UN is having their meetings to support global environment consciousness.

At the moment my colleagues of Friends of the earth international and The united French groups of Coalition Climat 21 are doing their best to recruit as many people as possible to join us in Paris, with mass actions on Friday December 11 and the possibly largest climate march in history on December 12th.The French use an interesting slogan: “Si on ne fait rien, personne ne le fera à notre place.” If we don’t act, no one will do it for us. That about sums it up.

In this context I put myself transactional analysis wise 😉 out of the passive children’s state and in the active, adult state. I think our challenge and responsibility as human beings is being aware climate change may not destroy our earth 🙂

This summer I explored the way from Utrecht to Paris together with a colleague. Below you can see a pictures of me and her 🙂 Do you want to join us in Paris: here is are 3 important website: / //


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How does a yoga teacher apply this theory in her teachings? Tomorrow you can read an interview with Angelica Macky, one of our teachers in the Teacher Training. 🙂






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