Yoga Journal Blog: Yoga Diary


Subscribe to this blog


Via FeedBurner

More Yoga Journal Blogs

Yoga Buzz
The latest in yoga news

Active Yogi
Using yoga to perform better and stay injury-free

Beginner's Mind
Humbly learning yoga one lesson at a time

Challenge Pose
Take your practice to the next level with awe inspiring asana

Conscious Cook
Celebrating healthful cooking and beautiful food

Enlightened Motherhood
Gracefully juggling the joys of parenthood and yoga

Green Life
Take your practice off the mat with these easy green pointers and products

Top Five Tuesdays
Just for fun, find yoga in the small things

Yoga Diary
Reflections on yoga from our editors




Archives

« The Secret to Adjusting | Blog HomePage | Sharing Wisdom through An Offering of Leaves »

Beginner's Mind

corpes pose.jpg

This weekend I had the pleasure of teaching an Intro to Yoga workshop to a shiny, new crop of yogis. Some of them had never done yoga. Others had done yoga a bit but had never gotten the basics. And yet they all had one thing in common: they were super-eager to learn.

It was as if just by signing up for a workshop called "Intro" they had taken on the "Beginner's Mind" and embraced it. And oh what a wonderful thing that was.

In case you're not familiar, we often refer to a "Beginner's Mind" in yoga as that space where you examine everything as if it were new. By opening ourselves up to the possibility that there is always something new to learn (even when you have done the "same" downward facing dog a thousand times) all kinds of things can shift and change and evolve.

I found myself inspired by my beginners. Not only were they discovering yoga with all of its possibilities but they were so open and receptive to everything I (and yoga) had to offer. I found myself wanting to give as much of myself as I possibly could. I wanted to learn more and absorb with the same openness and fearlessness that they were exhibiting.

And so, my beginners, for this I thank you. And I ask you, my readers, where could you benefit from applying your Beginner's Mind?

TrackBack

TrackBack URL for this entry:
http://blogs.yogajournal.com/blognew/mt-tb.cgi/1030

Comments

It should blow your mind time and time again because to truly be a Master is to always be a student.

Great reminder for us all.

I have found that trying to explain Yoga philosophy to beginners has given me some of my greatest "aha" moments. It forces me to simplify, and to me simplification and distillation of Yoga principles into their essence is what Yoga philosophy is what ultimately gives it its power. Here's an example:

WHAT IS IT THAT BRINGS US HAPPINESS?
http://yogademystified.com/what-is-it-that-brings-us-happiness/

Bob Weisenberg
http://YogaDemystified.com

excellent article. also i came across another site that might be of an interest to you. http://thefitnesssecrets.com/the-basic-yoga-positions-for-beginners

I like the metaphor. It's my first time here but this made me smile so I'll be back.



Subscribe and
Get 2 Free Issues
+ 2 Free Gifts!

Give a Gift »

Join Yoga Journal's Benefits Plus

Join Yoga Journal's Benefits Plus Liability insurance and benefits to support teachers and studios.

Learn More »

Enter to Win Great Prizes!

Enter to Win Great Prizes! Enter the latest Yoga Journal sweepstakes for your chance to win fabulous prizes!

Enter Now »
Full Name:
Address 1:
Address 2:
City:
State:
Zip Code:
Email (req):

If I like Yoga Journal and decide to continue, I'll pay just $16.95, and receive a full one-year subscription (9 issues in all), a 62% savings off the newsstand price! If for any reason I decide not to continue, I'll write "cancel" on the invoice and owe nothing.