What can we learn from being an adult beginner that informs more familiar activities, like our yoga practice? Today host Rachel explores that question with Auckland-based Yoga Medicine Therapeutic Specialist, Functional Range Conditioning® Mobility Specialist, and Yoga Medicine Online guest teacher Kylie Rook.
Kylie shares her love of being a beginner off of the yoga mat, her tips for getting more comfortable in that uncomfortable space, and the lessons she has learned along the way – including how to more compassionately teach yoga beginners.
Listen in as we discuss the physical, mental and emotional benefits of being a beginner, and how we can learn to apply a beginner’s mind to more familiar activities in our lives.
“The more we challenge ourselves and try new things, the more our body adapts and grows.” – Kylie Rook
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“Overall compassion for myself has grown throughout this yoga journey.” – Kylie Rook
- Why are we, as adults, scared to be beginners? The stories we tell ourselves [3:24]
- Benefits of being a beginner: forging new physical and neural pathways [8:23]
- Novelty creates enforced mindfulness [11:01]
- Patience, persistence and reframing failure [13:00]
- Feeling empathy for beginners in yoga [15:45]
- Tips for teaching yoga beginners [17:40]
- Exposure to other movement styles informs yoga teaching and practice [20:10]
- Being a beginner can increase self-compassion and exploration in familiar activities [24:35]
- Tips to get more comfortable with being a beginner: start small & fun [29:53]
- Recruit expert instruction [31:53]
- Final advice for becoming a beginner: take a buddy [35:14]
- Applying beginner mindset to familiar activities [36:11]
- Last takeaways from Kylie [40:53]
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“Every time I fall now, rather than seeing that as a failure, I’m like, oh that’s just closer to that pathway of success.” – Kylie Rook