The Beginner's Mind (TBM) is Shut Up & Yoga’s official podcast, hosted by one of our writers, Sarah Dittmore.

TBM is a podcast about all things yoga-ish. Every other week we invite a new guest on the show dive into big questions we think the yoga industry needs to be asking. Why do we practice the way we do? What dangers of the practice are yoga teachers ignoring? How does the yoga community contribute to discriminatory and harmful behaviors? And most of all... what needs to change in the yoga industry and how can we change it?

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Ep. 3 – Yoga Cult Culture (pt 2) – Transcription

The following is a transcription of “Ep. 3 – Yoga Cult Culture (pt 2)” of The Beginner’s Mind. To listen to this episode, visit www.shutupandyoga.com/podcast or search for The Beginner’s Mind wherever you get your podcasts.   Music:  00:00 [Intro Music].   Sarah Dittmore: 00:05 Hi Friends. My name is Sarah and you’re listening to […]

Yoga Cult Culture: How to Tell if Your Healing Circle is a Cult (And What to Do If It Is)

This article is part two in a series on yoga cult culture. If you haven’t already, make you your read part one to understand what yoga-cult culture is and what it looks like in the real world. Trigger warning: this article discusses the nature of various types of cult-like communities and may be triggering to anyone […]

How the Industry of Spirituality Creates Toxic “Self-Help” Communities

Trigger warning: this article discusses the nature of various types of cult-like communities and may be triggering to anyone who has been victimized by these types of groups/individuals or anyone who has survived physical, emotional, mental, financial, or spiritual abuse.    When I discovered yoga, I felt like I’d found a new home. A place […]

11 Books to Read Other Than the Yoga Sutras (and Why)

Most people graduating Yoga Teacher Training come out of it with a sizeable library of yoga books they were required to read (at least in part). And most of the time, that library is made up of some combination of The Yoga Sutras, Light on Yoga, Yoga Anatomy, The Bhagavad Gita, and The Heart of […]

The Yoga Sutras: Timeless Wisdom or Outdated Dogma?

I first discovered the Yoga Sutras the way many yogis do; through a lecture on the 8-Limbs of Yoga as a part of my 200-hour yoga teacher training. It was one of our two workshops on the Yoga Sutras; the other was a more general look at the first ten or so sutras. That, a […]