Photo by Monica Felix @ www.monicafelix.com

Dare to be a beginner

Photo by Monica Felix @ www.monicafelix.com

Photo by Monica Felix @ www.monicafelix.com

Never too late, never too old, never too bad and never too sick to do this yoga and start from scratch again.

That’s the mantra of our founder. Interestingly, the word “discipline” comes from the Latin discipulus, which means, “student.” This suggests a few things.

First. Declare your incompetence. Admit what you know you don’t know. Second. Learn to love mistakes. After all, a mistake ceases to become a mistake the moment you learn from it. Third. Try not to be too hard on yourself. Let go of the self-criticisms that make discipline a big bite to swallow. And finally: Be patient. Every great chess player was once a beginner.

Remember, if the road to victory were smooth, everyone would already be there.

Are you prepared to zero out your board?

Scott Ginsberg is a writer, daily practitioner and workstudy volunteer at Bikram Yoga Park Slope.