Last week I published the Beginners and practitioners post. In that article I stated that in order to help beginner students become practitioners I need to first understand why people are not practicing on their own. What is standing in the way.
I heard back from many of you. People sent emails or Facebook messages, and some gave me feedback after class. The responses were enlightening to me. And I was struck by how insightful many of the responses were.
Some of the obstacles people reported are:
- Lack of accountability
- Unrealistic expectations
- Sense gratification
- Too much to do
- Where to start?
- Goals too far away
- Not sure what to do
- Dirty floors
- No props
- How to schedule eating
There was variety in the responses but there was also a common theme. In addition to their own unique challenges, virtually everyone reported that they just don’t know what to do at home. How long should they practice? What should they practice? How often?
Thank you to those who sent the messages concerning your practice challenges. I do feel clearer on why students are not practicing. I am contemplating a couple of different ideas to help an average beginner get started with a home practice. Stay tuned!