Yoga Theme: Always Be a Beginner

Michelle Marchildon - The Yogi Muse

Michelle Marchildon – The Yogi Muse

 

A Yoga Theme for Teachers

Always Be a Beginner

You: Why do you teach yoga?

Theme: Enjoy being a beginner again. Going back to school. Theme for fall.

HOVs: Ahimsa, Non-Judgment, Beginner’s Mind, Possibilities

Anecdote:

(Put here any brief story you have about when you went back to school, or learned something new.) Years ago, I rode racehorses in Birmingham, Alabama. On the racetrack, an apprentice jockey gets to ride with less weight because they have less skills. It is a huge advantage to be a beginner rider. What if we were all, always beginners? If we were constant learners, open to new experiences and new ways of doing things, we might grow our yoga practice from the inside out.

Contemplations:

Have you tried something that was out of your comfort zone? Did you have the same expectations? Was it freeing? How have you judged your practice as not being advanced enough? New beginnings mean you can start new, positive habits. Feeling like you should know it all is a trap of the intermediate student.

Golden Nuggets:

  • Enjoy a lack of success.
  • Enjoy not having it all at once.
  • Be a beginner always.
  • Stay young. Stay open.
  • Expectation is the end of everything.
  • Atha, now we begin yoga.
  • Beginners are sooo happy!
  • Intermediates know it all.
  • Thank your mind for sharing, and move on.
  • Put your judgment aside.
  • Remember when this was new.

VP: (Value Proposition) If we can keep learning, we’ll never stop growing our practice.

Quotes:

  • “An intermediate student can hold a bad pose a very long time.” B.K.S. Iyengar
  • Beginners and advanced students are easiest to teach, because they both know, they know nothing.

    Intermediates are harder to teach, because they think they know everything.” Ana Forest

  • “I have to come to a point in my life where nothing is more important to me than my own growth.”

    Baron Baptiste

  • “Any fool can know the answer. The point is to learn.” Albert Einstein
  • “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” Benjamin Franklin
  • “When you have expectations, you are setting yourself up for disappointment.” Ryan Reynolds

     

     

    Copyright © 2018 by Michelle Marchildon, Wildhorse Ventures, a Theme Weaver Theme.

1 Comment

  1. Diane Sieg on August 15, 2018 at 10:12 am

    Well said Michelle! So important to keep our beginners mind on and off the mat as teachers AND students. Thank you for the reminder.

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