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. 13 Transcription – Yoga & Body Image

Music: 00:00:05 [Intro Music] Sarah Dittmore: 00:00:05 Hi friends. My name is Sarah and you’re listening to the beginner’s mind, a podcast about all things yoga ish. Getting this episode ready for you guys has been such a trip because I recorded this way back in the summer when I was like, unable to walk, sitting in my parents’ living room waiting to get better, waiting to get back to New York. And now it’s what, like six months later […]

Ep. 12 Transcription – Ganja Yoga

Music: 00:05 [Intro Music]   Sarah Dittmore: 00:05 Hi friends. My name is Sarah and you’re listening to the beginner’s mind, a podcast about all things yoga ish. Hello, hello. I am pretty excited about today’s episode, so today we’re going to explore ganja yoga. For those of you who are like me and did not know what ganja meant until rather recently, it’s weed, so we’re going to talk about weed yoga. When I was home in California recently […]

Ep. 11 Transcription – Ethical Studio Management

Music: 00:04 [Intro Music]   Sarah Dittmore: 00:04 Hi friends. My name is Sarah and you’re listening to the beginner’s mind, a podcast about all things yoga ish. Way back when the, unionization conversation first started and I released that episode. I promised you guys that I’d be coming back with more and you know, we touched on it briefly on with episode 10 with my conversation with Luvana, but I wanted to, to explore it from a new different […]

Ep. 10 Transcription – Centering Indian Voices

Music: 00:05 [Intro Music]   Sarah Dittmore:00:05   Hi friends. My name is Sarah and you’re listening to beginner’s mind, a podcast about all things yoga ish. So I’ve been holding onto this episode for awhile and I’m excited to finally share it with you guys. Back when I was talking to all the yoga works teachers here in New York City about unionization, I decided I wanted to talk to someone from Indian background who would talk to me […]

Ep. 9 Transcription – Yoga And

Music: 00:05 [Intro Music] Sarah Dittmore:00:05 Hi friends. My name is Sarah, and you’re listening to the beginner’s mind, a podcast about all things yoga ish. So I just finished relistening to the episode for today and I am so excited about it. It was really such an engaging and interesting conversation and I learned so much about this topic of yoga and we’ll dive into what that means throughout the episode. But it’s something that I went into with […]

Ep. 8 Transcription – Accessible Yoga

Music: 00:05 [Intro Music] Sarah Dittmore: 00:05 Hi friends. My name is Sarah, and you’re listening to the beginner’s mind, a podcast about all things yoga ish. Today I am talking to Jivana Heyman, the founder and director of accessible yoga. He also wrote a book that we’ll talk about at the end of the episode entitled accessible yoga. And that’s exactly what we’re talking about today. We’re talking about what accessible yoga means, why it’s important, and how we […]

Ep. 7 Transcription – Sustainable Employment for Yoga Teachers

Music: 00:00:05 [Intro Music]. Sarah Dittmore: 00:00:05 Hi friends. My name is Sarah and you’re listening to the beginner’s mind, a podcast about all things yoga ish. Last week I began exploring this idea of yoga teachers unionizing and honestly as I dove more into it, I got more and more curious, so I decided to interview a handful of different teachers about their experiences in the yoga industry and what efforts we could take, whether it be unionization or […]

Ep. 6 Transcription – Should Yoga Teachers Unionize?

Music:  00:00 [Intro Music].   Sarah Dittmore:00:05 Hi Friends. My name is Sarah and you’re listening to The Beginner’s Mind, a podcast about all things yoga-ish. I am so excited for today’s episode. It’s the first “current event” that I’ve covered. Those of you following yoga news might have heard about the yoga teachers who are trying to unionize in New York City. Yoga teachers and teacher trainers who work for YogaWorks in New York City and Westchester are coming […]

Ep. 5 Transcription – Unconscious Racism

Music:  00:00:01 Intro Music Sarah Dittmore: 00:00:05 Hi friends. My name is Sarah and you’re listening to The Beginner’s Mind, a podcast about all things yoga-ish. I am beyond excited about today’s episode. It definitely lies on the “ish” side of the yoga-ish theme of this podcast. I think we don’t even mention yoga till like minute 30, but the issues discussed in this episode I think are really relevant to the issues that the yoga community faces in regards […]

Ep. 4 – Mantra – Transcription

Ep. 4 – Mantra – Transcription The following is a transcription of “Ep. 4 – Mantra” 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: 00:00:05 Intro Music.   Sarah Dittmore: 00:00:05 Hi Friends. My name is Sarah and you’re listening to The Beginner’s Mind, a podcast about all things yoga-ish. You guys, I cannot thank you enough. I have received so much feedback and support […]