“In the “Beginner’s Mind” there are many possibilities. In the expert’s mind there are few.” Suzuki Roshi
No doubt you have heard this expression as I have many times. I have even offered it in classes and workshops over the years. And even though I have practiced and taught yoga and other healing modalities for decades, I come back to the fact that I need to approach life at times from a “Beginner’s Mind”.
This is a concept of Zen Buddhism, called “Shoshin” which means “beginner’s mind” and It invites us to experience life in a way that is unencumbered by past experiences, having no preconceptions. It encourages us to explore with an open mind, seeing things with fresh eyes.
There are powerful benefits for approaching a subject, or even life itself from a beginner’s focus. It cultivates an attitude of exploration, eagerness and an almost childlike curiosity to learning and living life in the present moment.
One of the gifts of moving through so many transitions in Desert Song this past year, was that I moved back to “beginner’s mind” with my personal practice. I was putting in extended hours and had become increasingly involved in the “day to day minutiae”. It was a bit overwhelming. I needed to return to my roots. I realized, if I did not start my day with some sort of practice, I would not stay healthy enough to provide a whole-hearted massage or be the effective teacher I know I can be.
This beginner’s practice, with all its power and wisdom, reignited a love and joy of doing yoga in all its simplistic and basic forms. So much so that it was a catalyst for Desert Song to take a look at some basic foundational courses which are inspiring, powerful and useful to both new and advanced practitioners.
Over the past several months, we have been sharing:
• 3 week Intros in various centering practices: (Yoga, Tai Chi, Pilates, breathing, Chi Gong,
Meditation, back care, functional core and Ayurveda)
• 4 – 6 week Healthy Balancing Workshops
• Plugged-in: Advancing your Asana practices
• Various healthy holistic and artistic workshops
We have witnessed longtime students, and those new to our studio, benefit in the following ways:
• Stronger core strength, better posture, greater balance
• Less anxiety, better sleep patterns, ability to focus
• Better relationships, calmer dispositions
• Better choices in food and lifestyle practices
• More energy and awareness
As a result of this intense period in Desert Song’s history, I moved back to the basics of pranayama, restorative and gentle yoga, meditation and journal writing. Those 7 months of upheaval moved me to create a solid, simple, energizing and calming daily practice, which I am now sharing with you.
There are a variety of courses this month and next. Whether you are a beginner or have practiced for a while, approach these courses with Beginner’s Mind and you will find the joy you long for in the sweet journey back to your health and vitality.
Hope to see you at one or more of our offerings this month. It is sure to enhance your life!
Peace and Blessings,