How Yoga Gave Me a Growth Mindset

How yoga gave me a yoga mindset

Growth Mindset vs. Fixed Mindset

The body achieves what the mind believes. Great article on changing your mindset! Must read!
In the world of education, “growth mindset” is a hot topic right now. It’s what we want all of our students to achieve. If I get all my second-grade students to have a growth mindset this year, I would be over the moon .

So what is a growth mindset? A growth mindset is a mindset that you can learn. People who keep trying and practicing something because they believe that if they keep working at it, they will eventually get it.

The opposite of a growth mindset is a fixed mindset. These are people who use “I can’t,” or “I don’t know”. They believe that no matter how hard they work at something they won’t be able to achieve it. So they often don’t even try.

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The good news is, you can change your mindset. There is also a range, it’s not black or white. Most people don’t have one mindset 100% of the time. Which means that you can slowly and gradually shift closer towards having a growth mindset 100% of the time.

For example, I would say I generally have a growth mindset. However, back a few years ago, I had a hard time taking risks. I would feel a fixed mindset creeping in telling me all the things that could go wrong or my inadequacies that would keep me from being successful. Thankfully, over time, I have shifted this mindset.

Changing Your Mindset

How did I do it? With yoga.

You may be wondering how in the world yoga can change a mindset.

A lot of the inadequacies that I felt I had were physical. I didn’t trust my body. For example, if I had to jump over something or jump down off of something, I always froze thinking that I wouldn’t be able to do it.

Yoga has 100% changed this. For one thing, I have gotten stronger. But I have also learned how to push past the feeling that I can’t keep going. I have also learned that my body can do things that I used to keep were impossible for me (arm balances, headstands, etc.).Working on my crow

This hasn’t just helped me trust my body more, but also my mind. When I have a fear that I will fail or feel inadequate, my mind reminds myself that I am able to grow and learn. One year ago, I would have never believed that I would be doing headstands today, but I am! That tells me that if I worked at anything long enough, I can change or learn anything I choose. It’s a very empowering feeling.
There are a ton reasons why I love doing headstands and arm balances; it furthers my yoga practice, it has made me physically stronger, it’ good for my body. But, my favorite reason is that is has shown me that I can accomplish difficult things. I have shifted some of my last pieces of a fixed mindset to a growth mindset. And it doesn’t get any better than that.

29 thoughts on “How Yoga Gave Me a Growth Mindset

  1. I love how a good workout feels when it’s done. I have tried Yoga, but I don’t think I have ever fully given it a chance. I bet I’d love it and it’s effect!

  2. Hmm…very interesting. This is my first time hearing the term “growth mindset”, but it makes total sense. I have a similar story actually. For the longest time, I was over weight. Back then I would say I had more of a “fixed mindset”. The moment I chose to lose weight, I acquired a “growth mindset” and lost 80 lbs! That can-do attitude carried over to so many other facets of my life. It’s amazing what we can accomplish when we open our minds up to possibility.

  3. I can definitely relate to this! I haven’t been doing yoga for long but I remember in the beginning I would be struggling with certain poses. After a while it became much easier, and now I do it with a friend who is in the same spot I was in back then. It is a constant reminder of how much can change in a short amount of time if you just keep working for it.

  4. I’m so jealous of people that do yoga every day and have such strong cores and flexibility. I’m always so stiff and worry I’d be so terrible at it. There are so many benefits of it though, that I really should try!

  5. When I did gymnastics my coach would always say Cant never Could…. and it really impacted my life and now I use it when I coach gymnastics. Your right a fixed mindset will never get you anywhere!

  6. This is so true! We can really choose our mindset on what we believe about ourselves. I do barre, which is a mix of yoga, pilates and ballet. And it makes me feel the exact same way!

  7. I’m the exact same way – I always freeze when it comes to walking across something that requires balance or jumping. I practice yoga sporadically but it’s for this reason that I’m hoping to start a regular practice.

  8. I just can’t seem to get into yoga! I’m not sure what it is but I can’t get out of my mind while doing it. I start feeling really self-conscious in classes. Any tips on how to overcome that?

    1. First, try different types of yoga; Hatha, Power, Restorative, Ashtanga, etc. Find a teacher who ques inhales and exhales, which should really help you focus on your breathe instead of what is going on around you. I hope this helps! Let me know if there are other questions you have. Also, let me know if you find something that works for you! 🙂

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