For the last 6 weeks students have been participating in an 8 Week Beginner’s Course at Karuna, taught by Paul Menard. With just two weeks to go participants have been experiencing remarkable changes in their own practice while witnessing and cheering on their peers as they grow and learn together. While many in the course are true beginners, having done little or no Yoga before, several participants are seasoned practitioners and teachers. Among the qualities of the course that are being celebrated by the students is the space that is being held to be a beginner. Those who are coming across the materials, movements and terminology for the first time have a space to do so safely, without judgement, inhibition or self consciousness. They have a space to cultivate curiosity and attune to subtlety. Those who are revisiting the fundamentals have a space to practice as though they were beginners. This opportunity not only benefits their practice to continually keep the mind open and willing to learn, it also enriches their teaching. The beginner course gives all students an opportunity to practice “always being, always becoming”.
The 8 Week Beginner’s Course is an ongoing series at Karuna. The next series starts Friday April 5th and continues through the end of May. Both seasoned practitioners and new teachers are welcome to join to brush up on their fundamental knowledge. All will enjoy the benefits of detailed slow instructions, supplemental materials and assignments to support a home practice, and carefully planned incremental learning.
See you all there!