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My Yoga Intentions

If you have taken one of my classes, you probably noticed that I enjoy starting each class with inviting my students to set an intention.  “You can set your intention on something physical, maybe it’s to become more flexible or to get stronger.  You can set your intention on something emotional, maybe it’s to let something go, or take something in. You can even set your intention on something spiritual, maybe it’s to connect to something bigger than yourself, or maybe it’s to just connect to yourself.” Your intention can change as frequently or as little as you want, but putting a “why” behind your practice is so important to find the healing and support that is available to you in your yoga practice.

For me, yoga has always been a more spiritual practice.  It has helped me connect.  It has helped me let go.  It has helped me find peace.  I think I found this because my intentions for my practice have always been spiritual themed.  Let me explain how I use spiritual intentions to go deeper in to my practice and how I adjust my intentions based on the day or week or month I have been having.

“You can even set your intention on something spiritual, maybe it’s to connect to something bigger than yourself…”

Do you ever have those days where your ego is just so large that everyone around you just seems so unimportant?  Or those days when you heard someone who did something that you swear you would never do and you are judging them so harshly for it?  Or where you feel so disconnected from the people in your community or maybe even in your own home?  I can definitely relate to having days like these (even though I hate to admit it).  On days like those, I like to set my intention on connecting to something bigger than myself.  To me that bigger connection is on God.  To spend my practice with the intention of worshipping God and finding my connection to that presence.  We all can connect to that presence, and that helps me take my focus off of my self and realize that we are all cut from the same cloth.  I am no better than the person next to me.  Each person is filled with the divine so within each person I can find a piece of God (bye, bye ego).

“…or maybe it’s to just connect to yourself.”

Now, on the other spectrum.  Do you ever have days that you feel like you are insignificant?  The days when you feel like you are the worst human that has ever walked the earth, like everything you touch turns into dirt?  The days when you are so hard on yourself and the only thing that plays through your mind is negative self talk? Yep, I have been there too, more times than I want to admit.  On days like those, I set my intention on connecting to myself.  To find the divine that is in me.  If I can see the God in everyone else, I must be able to find the God in me.  I focus on allowing my body to flow with grace.  I focus on the power that I hold inside me.  I focus on all the good that God has done in my life. I open my heart and feel the love that my body is filled with.  I feel the forgiveness that I am able to receive. After practicing with this intention I tend to feel more empowered, more filled with love and I can feel this sense of peace that washes over my entire body.

Intentions can be a very powerful tool in your yoga practice to help you find healing.  Because of this, I want to emphasize the importance of setting positive intentions before every practice. If you don’t set your intention and are feeling very negative, you might just fed into that negative mindset as you practice, instead of inviting in a transformative energy.  If you don’t set your intention and are feeling very egotistical and cynical, you might fed into that as well, instead of creating an open heart and open mind.

So write your intentions down, maybe try one of my intentions, or create your own.  We are all on different journeys and we all need different things. So play around and see what works best for you!

Have questions? Ask me!  Tried it? Let me know! Namaste, Engaged Spirits!

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Is Goat Yoga Worth the Hype?

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​I have taught 3 Goat Yoga Classes so far and I have been asked by so many people, why Goats? and why goats and yoga? To be completely honest, I was wondering the same thing when I first heard about it (well, after my mini sequel of excitement with just the cuteness of the whole thing). Yeah, baby goats (kids) are adorable and cuddly, but why is goat yoga such a big thing? Well, after teaching it a few times, I can say, I finally understand why goat yoga is a thing, and why it is such a BIG DEAL. Here is why I think Goat Yoga classes are so valuable and totally worth the hype…

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​The presence of goats keep you in the moment, when it’s just a teacher, it seems to be so easy to just zone out during class, and even easier to let your brain wonder, but with the goat present that seems to change everything. Your mind is no longer making giant to-do lists during class (this can’t just be what I do, right?), instead your completely present in the moment, always aware of what the goats are doing and silently praying one will jump on your back to capture a picture perfect moment

The goats also create a light-hearted atmosphere. No serious faces, no stresses from the week can distract you from the goats goofiness. (I always thought I was a klutz, but the goats are a whole lot worse). This really allows the class to be free from any negative energy and creates a safe space for people to truly feel able to open their hearts, enjoy the practice, and love on the goats.

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​The goats also force you to be flexible (I’m not talking about physically). You never know what a goat is going to do. It might come decide to take a nap on your mat (or pee on it), and you have to just be able to work around it. You have to adapt and realize that being flexible is okay and just going with the flow isn’t all that scary or hard. You just have to look at the scenario and think, hm… how can I adjust to this? I think this is so important to learn on your yoga mat because once you can get it down on a yoga mat you can take it with you through all other areas of your life.

The goats make yoga accessible for everyone. Whether you want to come to a goat yoga class and just lay there and let the goats climb all over you, or if you want to actually get a practice in, you can at goat yoga (and there is no weird looks because well, honestly most of us are there just for the goats). As a teacher, I would hope you would at least try to do a few postures with me, but honestly, if you are smiling and enjoying yourself, I don’t care what you are doing.

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​I’m sure the more I teach goat yoga the more I will have to say, but for now those are all the reasons I think goat yoga is worth all the hype. It truly allows for such a dynamic, open, light-hearted, present class that is filled with the soft “maaaaaahhhhh”-ing of the goats. If you haven’t tried it yet, I would highly suggest checking out a class! If you are in the Tampa, Fl area we have classes at Hat Trick Ranch! Follow us and Grady Goat on Facebook for more information.
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