Dharma Drops Yoga Podcast Recap: Episode 2 - In the Beginning...

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Episode 2 Recap.

“The moment you think you know everything…is the moment you don’t know shit.”

Holy shittake! We made it. Out of the first episode of Dharma Drops and into Episode 2. Originally, The plan for my new yoga podcast was to offer a podcast episode on the first and third Friday of the month and blog on the off weeks. But in the true spirit of this week’s episode, I’m still just figuring things out. I’ve spent so much time fiddling with podcasting technology that I never got around to my first blog.

In any case, despite the learning curve, I’m rather excited about the progress of Dharma Drops. My hope is that this podcast reshapes the stigma of what it means to be a yogi, letting go of the concept that yogis look and act a certain way. Or that yogis eat only certain things, wear certain clothes, etc. With that in mind, I was beyond thrilled today when a yoga studio owner messaged me and said Dharma Drops made her feel better about scheduling her staff meeting at an axe throwing bar. Yes, yes, and yes! We can be yogis, have a beer, and throw axes. Look, I’ll drink a beer and throw axes with you any damn day of the week. I’ll also practice in the morning, chant mantra, and be as kind as possible to others. We can be all of the things, folks. In fact, we already are all of the things.

Anywho. Here is a brief preview/recap from Episode 2: In the Beginning, There Was More Beginning:

Language Update: Dharma Drops: Yoga, Life, Whatever might be one of few yoga podcasts with an explicit content warning. It is what it is, friends. Cover your kids’ ears. Roll up the windows at the red light. I might say the fuck-word from time to time.

Random Happenings: After a cashier shamed me for not having my reusable grocery bags, I couldn’t help but think about the episode of South Park where the Whole Foods cashier shames the customer for not donating to feed the hungry children. I’m down for saving the environment. But I’ve forgotten my bags for the last 10 years. That doesn’t mean I’m not working toward sustainability in other ways. And it doesn’t mean everyone’s performance of activism has to look the same.

As I mention in the podcast, there are movements in activism right now that need special attention and that are too important to dismiss. But on the day-to-day, let’s not be too hard on others if their version of activism doesn’t look like yours. As long as we are treating others as equals and doing the best we can to make the world a better place for others—not just ourselves—let’s take it easy. Just because I didn’t have my grocery bags doesn’t mean I’m not standing up for equality or social justice. And just because I didn’t have my grocery bags doesn’t mean I’m not sustainable in other ways.

The Beginner’s Mindset: The heart of this episode is in honoring and residing in the seat of the beginner. Here, we explore Sutra 1.1 in The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali—atha yogānuśāsanam. And we explore the concept of kalapurnata or being in the fullness of time.

This section of the podcast begs the question, how can we use the past to support the present? And how can we use that to move forward into the future? That’s for you to figure out, but Episode 2 suggests that staying in the beginner’s mindset could be one secret ingredient. As I mention in the podcast, “The moment you think you know everything in yoga or in life is the moment you don’t know shit.”

Here, I also discuss how being a beginner in yoga teacher training made me feel more empathetic toward my freshmen English students because I remembered what it felt like to learn something new. This is the part where I back pedal and soften up about the grocery-bag-shaming-lady. We should probably get used to me doing that. Le sigh.

That’s just a little sneak peek of Episode 2 of Dharma Drops. To get the full monty, tune in on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, or SoundCloud. Please, don’t forget to subscribe, rate, and review!

Keep your eyes peeled (I hate that saying) for a new blog next week that will expound upon these topics a little more. And in two weeks, get ready for another episode of Dharma Drops. And this time, I’ll have my first guest on the show!