Day two of 100 Days of blogging... today's topic is Beginner's Yoga. Now since that is such a very broad topic, I will be taking a slightly different angle on it addressing the Beginner's Mind. When I hear Beginner's Yoga, I immediately think easy. Though most beginning yogis may think that an easy class is the best way to learn, I would disagree and state that repetition, practice and good alignment coaching is the best way to start yoga. If Beginner's Yoga is too easy, or improper alignment is overlooked, the student will not reach his/her maximum potential.
What comes up for you when you hear Beginner's Yoga?
On any given day, we can be in any one of those boats. The important thing to remember is that when you approach your practice with a Beginner's Mind, you will be able to reap the most benefits. A Beginner's Mind is one that is hyper aware of all details because it is the very first time being exposed to what they will be learning. A person practicing with a Beginner's Mind seeks out all of the minute details and instructions, so as to soak in the entire essence of the skill being learned. To absorb information, we must be challenged appropriately (not too much, and not too little).
I created Primal 12, which is a program that trains the transitions in yoga using different 'TACFIT like' timing protocols, so that beginners are challenged with reps & training, while subconsciously storing the information in their nervous system. When challenged in timed interval format, the brain and body have to work together to complete the task. Then by the time you get to the "yoga flows,", you have already done all of the transitions and are ready for the complex work of yoga.
The majority of my professional experience is in teaching Beginner's how to do yoga properly, safely and with strength & focus. After years and years of observing the most common pitfalls for beginning yogis, I created Primal 12 to help address the common issues that beginners face. All Clubbell Yoga exercises are broken down even further to three levels of difficulty.
Even if it's not your first rodeo, and you have a fair amount of yoga practice under your belt... you can still come to your practice with a Beginner's Mind being humble and open to learn. Try approaching every sun salute as if it were your first. Notice the nuiances in your transitions. Be conscious of your breath guiding your practice, and teaching you things continuously along the way.
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Co-Creator of Clubbell Yoga, Movement & Performance Specialist, Head Coach at RMAX International