(Yoga Trade, February 2017)
Have you heard of “beginner’s mind?”
It’s the Zen Buddhist notion that we should approach the world as novices, childlike, open to learning, no matter how much we know about a certain subject. Beginner’s mind means stepping into our lives with a brand-new, wide-open mind, eager to receive, ready to evolve.
This is how we stay young.
This is how we stay open.
As teachers, one of our most important responsibilities is to keep learning.
In yoga philosophy, we call this svadhyaya, or self-study.
These days, for me, svadhaya means a couple of things: home practice, and podcasts.
For wellness professionals and yogis who are teaching or working overseas, or living in isolated rural areas, these are two essential tools to keep in your self-study toolkit.