Yoga Off The Mat 
Golden Goose

yoga off the mat

yoga off the mat

Purpose
Making Yourself A Priority

How to use this tool?

‘Have you heard of the golden goose? Imagine you have a golden goose that lays golden eggs. What’s more important, the golden eggs or the golden goose?  If you don’t look after the goose, what happens to the eggs…you don’t get any!  You can use the ‘Golden Goose Tool’ to help determine which of your Life Priorities are golden eggs, and which priorities nurture the goose so it can keep giving you golden eggs. Ideally, you need to order your priorities so the goose (that’s you!) is higher than the golden eggs (what you produce).

Example

What’s your most valuable financial asset? You might think it’s your house, but it’s not.

YOUR MOST VALUABLE FINANCIAL ASSET

Let’s say your house (a golden egg) is worth £300,000.  And that you (the golden goose) earn £40,000 per year. Looks like the house is worth more, huh? But after 20 years, your house might be worth £400,000, but over that time you have earned £800,000. So your ability to earn is twice as valuable as your house. Or the “golden goose” (you) are worth twice as much as your most valuable “golden egg.” In light of this, how high should “Health” be as a priority?

ON AN AIRPLANE WITH YOUR CHILD IN DANGER

If you’re on a plane with your son or daughter, and the flight attendant is doing the pre-take off routine, what do they tell you to do if there is a loss of cabin pressure? Do they tell you to put your childs oxygen mask on first, or do they tell you to put your mask on and THEN help your child? They tell you to put yours on first. Because if you aren’t in a conscious state, you can’t help ANYONE. This is an example when it is loving and compassionate to make yourself the number one priority and put yourself first.

Do you feel better now about making “yourself” a priority in other areas of life, so you have something to give to the people and work you love?

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George Watts

BWY Yoga Teacher at George Watts Yoga
This post was lovingly morphed into reality by BWY yoga teacher, George Watts. If you're looking for a treasure trove of yoga lesson planning goodness, take a quick peek at Yoga Teacher Lesson Plan Kit.
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