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Iris Mind + Body Talks Goat Yoga

#HipNJ‘s Lisa Marie Latino recently had the pleasure of speaking with Kristin Broek and Taryn Lagonigro, owners of Iris Mind and Body in Cedar Grove, about their company and the latest craze hitting the fitness industry…goat yoga!

Their business was founded in response to many people not believing yoga was for them. Kristen and Taryn wanted to change this perception so they began organizing pop-up yoga sessions at local studios.

Their quirky goat yoga activity was started as a way to make yoga fun and exciting for newcomers. Originally a west-coast trend, many people tagged Tyler Morella of Ringwood’s Totes Goats on posts about goat yoga. Tyler, a friend of Kristin and Taryn, informed them about this awesome opportunity. From there, they decided to implement this idea into their business.

Kristin says many people come from the yoga but even more come for the goats. People are usually impressed with how calming and satisfied they are at the end of the session.

The end of the interview features models performing yoga while the goats playfully interact with the models.

This activity sounds like a great a way to unload some stress and venture out of your comfort zone! For more information on Iris Mind and Body and to check out their full calendar of events (including Goat Yoga on December 8th!) visit IrisStudiosNJ.com.

Bullet Journaling

Have you ever heard of bullet journaling? No? Great! Bullet journaling is a simple and fun way to stay organized when trying to balance a very busy life. Bullet journaling was first created by Ryder Carroll who explained that a bullet journal is meant to “help you track the past, organize the present and plan for the future”. 

I know you’re probably thinking to yourself, how will I have time to sit down and write in a journal? But I’m telling you, it only takes a few minutes! Don’t focus on your handwriting or drawing skills, just focus on the content. All you need is a pen/pencil and a journal!Your first journal will be more of an experiment. This is your chance to get comfortable with bullet journaling and developing your own style. 

Step 1:

Create an index page. This will be like your reference page or table of contents to help you organize your journal and find certain pages easily.

Step 2: 

Create logs. Daily logs: meetings, to-dos, reminders. Monthly logs: calendars and goal lists for the next 30 days. Future log: Think long-term goals. 

Step 3: 

Pick Signifiers. These will be the symbols you choose to use (bullets, dashes, circles, etc.) You can even use certain colors to organize as well. 

Step 4:

Collections. These are lists of anything you want to remember for later: books, movies, friends, blog topics, self care tips, etc. 

Step 5:

The last step is to make time for your book journal. Pick a time during the day that you want to dedicate specifically to bullet journaling. Check off items on your logs as you complete them. Write page numbers. Update your Index. Take time to reflect on the goals you’ve accomplished and those you still wish to. 

It may seem like a lot at first but don’t think too much into it. This journal is all about you; to help you. Make it your own. You don’t even have to follow these steps, especially once you get the hang of it. Do what makes you the most comfortable. In the end, it should serve as your own hand made, personalized life organizer. 

MoonChild Yoga and Mindfulness

Nina Zamani decided to share her love, and knowledge of Yoga, by opening MoonChild Yoga and Mindfulness. This decision came after struggling to find her place in the corporate world. Nina decided she did not want her self-worth and success to be tied to a paycheck. After meditating, and having a moment of enlightenment, Nina realized that yoga was not only a way to serve herself, but also others.

Nina wanted her work to be focused on teaching children’s yoga. She felt that it was important to “provide safety, support and encouragement to those young minds who bring joy into moments both large and small”. As adults, we tend to assume that yoga is only meant for us, to relieve the stress of our day. In today’s society, when there is so much pressure on children to excel academically or in sports, their developing brains and bodies need the same release.

Nina believes that there are more than health benefits associated with yoga. Yoga is a way to support healthy connections through breath, body and thought. As a teacher Nina offers a space for the children to use these tools to create, regulate, connect and control their actions. The practice of self-awareness is what makes children’s yoga so beneficial. Nina feels that a mindful practice allows the children “to access the tools needed to find the pause button in an overly stimulated society”. Nina is a kind soul who finds her purpose in supporting the well-being of each child and their unique spirit. Her goal is to provide a safe and supportive space for the kids to explore the benefits of yoga practice. Some of the benefits of Yoga are :

  • Helps to support a positive self image & builds confidence
  • Creates a sense of community, support and builds social relationships
  • Improves concentration, awareness and memory
  • Decreases stress, anxiety and fear based thinking
  • Improves sleep, coordination, balance & cognitive functions

Nina is the owner & Program Director of MoonChild Yoga & Mindfulness. Nina’s program is featured at BecomeOne Wholeness, in Lyndhurst, NJ. Her classes are 1 hour in length, and offered to children’s ages 3-18. Private parties & group fundraising events are available upon request. The schedule of classes can be found on BecomeOne Wholeness’ website. She also offers private lessons, group events and private parties upon request. In this busy time of the year, we should all take the time to pause and breathe. Namaste.