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. 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Mantras: Divine Power or Plain Science?

I used to hate when teachers introduced chanting in yoga classes. I couldn’t understand what any of the words meant, and no one was bothering to explain it. But that wasn’t what bothered me. What bothered me was the effect the chanting had on my body. I would feel it react. I would feel my […]

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 […]