Theme Weaver: Be A Beginner

Yoga Theme:   Be a Beginner, Always

Your Why:       Write why you teach here.

Theme:             Be a beginner and have no judgment.

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


January is a good time to remember that no matter how experienced we are, we will always be a beginner on the mat. If we stay open, the mat will teach us what we need to know, and where we need to grow. Connect your opening statement to yoga, to life and keep it under three minutes.


Beginners and advanced students are the easiest to teach because they both know, they know nothing. Intermediates know it all. The start of a new year means you can start new habits. Have an open mind, release all judgment about your practice and life. Feeling like you should know it all is a trap of the intermediate student. An intermediate student can hold a bad pose for a very long time.

Golden Nuggets:

  • Enjoy a lack of success.
  • Enjoy not having it all at once.
  • Be a beginner always.
  • Savor the journey.
  • Stay young. Stay open.
  • Cobra, is the start of all backbends.
  • Tadasana is the start of standing poses.
  • The threshold will carry you to more.
  • Thank your mind for sharing, and move on.
  • Put your judgment aside.
  • Remember when you tried something new.
  • Let your expectations go.

Value Proposition: If we can stay young at heart, we’ll never grow old or tired with yoga.


  • “Between the great things we cannot do, and the small things we will not do, the danger is we will do nothing.” Adolph Monod
  • “I have to come to a point in my life where nothing is more important to me than my own growth.” Baron Baptiste
  • “The answers are overrated. Me. 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

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  1. Beth on January 8, 2018 at 11:19 am

    Thanks for sharing! I don’t have a problem coming up with themes–I have a lot of ideas!–but I find it more challenging to select poses that match the theme.

    • Michelle Marchildon on January 8, 2018 at 11:55 am

      For this theme, I usually choose something that works the feet, the legs or the core. I keep it basic, so I’ll teach more simple poses in a refined way. In the past I have taught Cobra, Wheel, Lunges, Ardha Chandrasana. I hope that helps.

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