Beginner's Mind

“If your mind is empty, it is always ready for anything, it is open to everything.
In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert's mind there are few. ”
― Shunryu Suzuki, author of Zen Mind, Beginners Mind

 

Welcome! Mudita Yoga Lab is a really great place to get oriented and begin your practice of yoga. Whether you are totally new to yoga or have been at it for 20 years, approaching the practice with an attitude of openness, eagerness and lack of preconceptions is beginner’s mind. Leaving expectations of how things should be or are supposed to be at the door and being receptive to experimenting and exploring. This is how we suggest you start, with this attitude of beginner's mind.

Take a look at our schedule and class descriptions and see what feels right for you. We offer yoga as practice, not something that can be done right or wrong. This kind and gentle approach makes all of our classes accessible. Call 845.481.3108 if you have any questions about where to begin.

Questions are welcome at any time before, during or after class. This way you are never in a position of wondering what to do or doing something that is uncomfortable or confusing for you.

As far as practical things to know, check out the list below. If anything is unclear or you need more information, feel free to email or call, we are here to support you. Our research page also has a lot of good information; highlighting key elements of our classes, defining some words we use and offering links to interesting articles.

some things to know:

  • Try not to eat 2 hours before class. If you need something, a small snack is best.
  • Leave your shoes in the hallway outside the door.
  • Wear clothing that allows you to move and breathe comfortably.
  • If something we are doing feels forced or is causing you pain: either stop doing it, come into a neutral position or ask the teacher how to modify.
  • Classes at MYLab include physical, as well as mindfulness exercises
  • We usually chant at the beginning and end of class. Feel free to chant out loud or sit quietly. Either way you can enjoy and benefit from the beautiful vibration the Sanskrit chanting produces.

Use yoga class as an opportunity to take care of yourself. Getting to know and honor your limitations. Allowing yourself to drop any idea of "just do it" and instead put your energy into finding your edge. Your edge is unique to you in each moment, it's the space where you are challenged, but not forcing. It can take time and practice to find this place of balance, but it's worth it. Once you find it in class, it becomes accessible to you throughout the day. This pattern of taking care of yourself begins to spill over into your whole life.