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The Struggle is Real

Oh yes it is. I consider myself a fairly seasoned yogi and still, every time I first come to my mat, all my brain wants to do is tell stories about the day or week or even stress me out over random things that don’t matter. I know we’ve ALL been there at some point or another and guess what? It’s OK! This doesn’t make you “bad” at yoga or meditation and it doesn’t mean that you’re just not “the type of person” who can sit still. It’s a practice, just like anything else. And wherever you put effort you’ll get reward. So next time you sit down to do your home practice or meditate and all you can think about is what to make for dinner, accept that. Don’t try to force those thoughts away, just let them come and then gently redirect. If you know someone who could relate, pass this picture on! Share it with your friends and let them know where to get more #badyogi bits of truth: Hope you all have an amazing week and weekend! Cheers,...

Bad Yogis Around the World

I know it feels like ages ago that I asked you all to submit your pictures for this project, which makes it that much more exciting that it’s finally ready! With getting the new store up and running and trying to find the perfect way to showcase your beautiful submissions, it was a bit more complicated than we originally thought, but totally worth the wait. I LOVE seeing how you rock your #badyogi gear and I especially love seeing so many cities represented. It’s incredible how diverse this community is! We have every continent covered except Antarctica, so if you’re planning out your summer vacation, might I suggest an icy wonderland? 😉 Thank you all so much for contributing to this project! What do you think?! Go here to see your submissions! If you want your picture added, click...

Bad Yogi Is…

Every day I get emails from people all over the world telling me their stories of how they came to know Bad Yogi and how the small change of adding a few minutes of daily yoga has profoundly changed their lives. What I love even more is that these people are not always (or even often) lifelong yogis, athletes, gymnasts or anything else that might predispose them to pick up something like yoga. They’re stay-at-home/working moms (sometimes of 4 or 5 children!), burly “manly” men, college students on a budget, retired men and women, veterans— you name it. They come from the farthest corners of the world… everywhere from Canada to Congo, New Zealand to the Netherlands, Hong Kong to middle-of-nowhere Ohio, and everywhere in between. I’ve seen people rock Bad Yogi tanks in the North Pole, Alaska (didn’t even know that was a real place!) and at Mount Kilimenjaro. I hear how these classes and community have helped people feel less alone during an eating disorder recovery, chronic pain and illness, and other emotional hardship. I’ve heard how this community was there to help them celebrate a handstand victory or a 30-day stretch of daily yoga. I could never properly summarize all the amazing stories I’ve read and listened to since starting this journey. So when I get asked in interviews about who or what “inspires” me, I can’t imagine feeling more inspired by any guru, spiritual leader, entrepreneur, famous quote or meditation session than I do by all of you. Bad Yogi isn’t just me by myself putting on a cheeky label, it is ALL OF YOU. Every...

Do This, Not That #2: Two Poses Everyone Does Wrong & How To Fix Them (with pictures!)

In most cases, there’s plenty to do when it comes to fine tuning our yoga practice. We could lift a little more here, engage a bit more over there, and bring more awareness to our breath while we do all of it. But sometimes it’s easier to just identify what looks “off” and find out how we can correct it quickly. Taking things one step at a time with the intention of eventually painting a full picture is much more satisfying than just trying to fix everything all at once. The “fix-it-all-now” strategy is demoralizing and you rarely feel the same sense of accomplishment. It doesn’t matter where you start, as long as you start somewhere! How about here: two more of the most commonly incorrect yoga poses. 1) Cobra. When I first started doing yoga, I really thought updog and cobra were interchangeable. If I’m honest, as a beginner, they really felt totally the same! Turns out, they’re not, haha 😉 In Cobra, you want to keep the elbows slightly bent. Kick firmly in to the tops of the feet, engage the quads, and gently press the pelvis down in to your mat. The shoulders should roll back and down away from the ears, and you can look in any direction that feels natural; so you shouldn’t feel any strain in the neck. What happens most often is just pushing the upper body up and jamming the lower back. Not good! You’ll hurt your back, your neck, and any benefit is gone. Pay attention to your form and you’ll be golden. 2) Warrior II. You’re probably thinking, “How...

Bad Yogi Video: Yoga for Hangovers

Hey guys! How was St. Paddy’s Day for ya? You know what— you don’t have to answer that 😉 If all of us were together catching up over coffee right now, I’m sure lots of you would have nothing to report, while others of you would be quietly wincing at every loud noise and bright light. It happens to the best of us. If you partied a little too hard yesterday, I’ve got just the solution for you. Even if you didn’t, you might as well get your yoga in while you’re here...

The Only Pasta Recipe You’ll Ever Need

I don’t have a romantic story of my cooking journey. My grandmother didn’t teach me how to bake apple pies, my mom didn’t pass down any family recipes, and I’d barely cooked anything outside a microwave until I got to college. Everything I know, I pretty much learned from lots (and lots and lots) or trial and error. I may have sliced through a finger or two, grabbed a cast iron skillet with my bare hands straight out of a 500* oven (oops!), and ruined more meals than I can count, but whatever! I’m here now, I can cook, and I have 10 fingers, so I really can’t complain 😉 I’ve been cooking a lot lately and I gotta ask: Do you ever get on little food kicks where there’s just one thing that you crave constantly? Lately for me it’s been Whole Foods’ vegan chocolate chip cookies (not sure how they do it but they’re so gooey and delicious!!) and this ridiculously simple dish I’ve already made twice over the past 3 days. I can’t overstate how delicious this is even though it looks too simple to truly be that tasty. I’m not a big pasta person and 99% of the time, pastas and breads are take-it-or-leave-it things for me. Until I happened on this happy little accident… I think fresh pasta is the way to go with this one— if you can get your hands on it. I just picked some up at Whole Foods… easy peasy! It’ll cost a few bucks more, but I promise it’ll be worth it. Plus, I figured, this meal got us...

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Erin Motz

Erin Motz

The Original Bad Yogi

I’m the carnivorous, red wine and French cheese-loving type and I’m based in Tampa, FL where I teach vinyasa flow. My aim is to keep my classes fun and accessible, both in the studio and online.  More about me…

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