Part 1: What Is the Wild Goose?

Wild Goose Chase

(*This blog post has two parts: below is the first part, written in November 2011; the second part was written June 2016 and is linked at the bottom.)

I read a book that changed my life, or so the story goes.  In the fall of 2011, after a few “successful failures” (you will have to read the book!), I picked up Mark Batterson’s book Wild Goose Chase.  I began to hear God calling me out of my cage.  Mind you, I had no idea I was even in a cage…but God did.

From Chapter 3’s suggestion, I took a little sabbatical from being wife, mom, and yoga teacher.  A dear friend let me stay in her home while she was out of town. I sat still on her screened-in porch in front of a fire for 48 hours and listened to God.  This was the wildest goose chase I had ever embarked upon.  I heard my dreams spoken to me and my fears revealed as well.  I also saw that I was not just in one cage, but I was sure I had spent time in all six of the cages Batterson described: responsibility, routine, assumptions, guilt, failure, and fear.

As God wooed me out of each cage, I asked, Where do I go?

He said Be yoga.

Yoga is defined as a yoke or union.

I heard God say, You don’t have to know your destination, just {be} yoked to me and chase the goose.
The Wild Goose Chase introduction reads: “The Celtic Christians had a name for the Holy Spirit – An Geadh Glas, or “the Wild Goose”. The name hints to mystery.  Much like a wild goose, the spirit of God cannot be tracked or tamed.  And while the name may sound a little sacrilegious, I cannot think of a better description for what it is like to follow the Holy Spirit through life.  I think the Celtic Christians were on to something.  Most of us will have no idea where we are going most of the time. And I know that is unsettling. But circumstantial uncertainty also goes by another name: Adventure.

As so, the yoga adventure began.

Batterson understandably addresses that “A wild goose chase typically refers to a pointless endeavor without a defined destination. But chasing this Wild Goose is different. The promptings of the Holy Spirit can sometimes seem pointless, but rest assured, God is working His plan. And if you chase the Wild Goose, He will take you to places you could have never imagined going by paths you never knew existed.”

Enters DVD filming.

The filming of a DVD became a reality soon after that sabbatical.  God revealed 3 parts: be still, be gentle, be powerful.  Like the format for the yoga, chasing the goose looks something like this too.  At times, the Wild Goose or Holy Spirit is still.  At times, it is gentle.  And at other times, powerful.

Beyond the making of this DVD, I have no idea where Wild Goose Yoga is going.  What I do know is that I am being yoga while chasing the goose.  I also know this yoga is often wild and untamed, but always fun and adventurous.  The Holy Spirit shows up in these yoga classes in a mighty way…not by anything of my doing or making, but by His spirit being within me.  

So what is Wild Goose Yoga?  It is yoga that is unexplainable until experienced…a true wild goose chase. Grab your mat and let the chase begin!

Read Part 2:  {Be}yond the Wild Goose

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