Fall & Turning Over A New Leaf

Fall & Turning Over A New Leaf

I love Fall. I think everyone loves Fall, but it’s still worth mentioning 🙂 I saw a post on the Fitnessista’s blog today about turning over a new leaf with the new season, and checking in with the goals you set for yourself earlier in the year, and I loved the idea of doing that… The Frenchman and I are big goal setters and we usually set them for every month, every six months, every year, and 5-and 10-years. So I thought I’d share some here! 1) Move to Europe.  CHECK CHECK CHECK! This has been on our goal list for years and the fact that we made it happen is a huge accomplishment. Now, we’re still trying to get some things established here, but that’s expected to take time 🙂 We’ll be back and forth to the US as well for Bad Yogi business, so don’t worry, American friends! We’ll see you again soon enough! 2) Get Back to the Gym.  I’m signing up for one here next week! With getting everything ready to come to France, I totally slacked on my fitness routine. I kept up with my home yoga practice, but I didn’t make much time for anything else. I always try to find balance, so I’m going to get back on the wagon starting soon. … but let’s remember why I keep getting distracted: THE BEACH! 😉 3) Make Time for Just Fun.  We have a habit of blending work with fun (which I happen to think is awesome), but sometimes it’s good to unplug and totally disconnect. So far we’re doing better with taking...
Why I Packed Up My Life And Moved to France

Why I Packed Up My Life And Moved to France

I officially announced that we moved to Nice, France earlier this week and I’ve gotten the same question a million times: “Why?” It doesn’t exactly come with a simple answer, but here goes… Years ago we decided that we would live overseas at some point when the stars aligned and work enabled us to do so. This was never something that passively sat on the back burner either; we were always working towards this goal from one angle or other. Whether it was trying to get our work set up so we could do it from anywhere, or making sure the timing was “right.” Making this happen is a huge deal to us and we’re really excited (and nervous!) that it’s actually come to fruition. It just goes to show you that when you set a goal, you take it seriously, and you work towards it every single day, it WILL happen. The timing is another story, because it’s not always in the exact time WE would prefer, but nonetheless, it happens 😉 Some people call it God’s time, others say it’s chance, and some say it’s just whenever it’s meant to be. Whether you’re working towards a similar goal or an entirely different one, let this encourage you to stay the course, even when it seems too far away or not worth it anymore. The Frenchman says it well: “The hard part isn’t the first step, or the second step [on the way towards your goal]. It’s the 5th, 6th and 7th steps when you’re in so deep you forget why you took that initial step in the first...
Bad Yogis Around the World

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…

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!)

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

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

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...
Bad Yogi Home Yoga Flow Builder

Bad Yogi Home Yoga Flow Builder

If I had a dollar for every time someone asked me how to plan their own flow for yoga at home… Truth is, there’s rarely just one way of doing something, and this is no different. It all depends on your likes/dislikes, abilities and limitations, but I made this little sequence builder as a general guideline that I’d say is good to follow for anyone. You can use this to make a 10 minute flow or a 60 minute flow depending on what you’re in the mood for 🙂 Also, it’s intentionally (somewhat) vague because I want you to feel free to be creative, to change things as you want and need to, and to serve as a reminder that your practice is exactly that: YOUR OWN. No one can tell you what poses are the “best” for your mood; you’re the gatekeeper to the class theme, so have fun with it 🙂 Enjoy! And shoutout to Tamera in Washington DC who inspired this post in...
Bad Yogi Playlist: Spring Spunk!

Bad Yogi Playlist: Spring Spunk!

Lately while I do yoga, I’m so all about music that’s not made specifically for yoga and meditation. It just puts me in the best mood! I mean, yoga has the tendency to do that on its own, but this just takes it to some next level greatness! This one’s about 45 minutes long, so it’s great for a full flow at home… say, with a Bad Yogi Full Hour Flow? 😉 OK OK, moving on! This one could be a little “not safe for work” so just be mindful of any kiddies or nearby virgin ears, haha. Over to you: What songs are you jammin’ out to right now? In yoga or...
Bad Yogi Tea Cabinet Low-Down

Bad Yogi Tea Cabinet Low-Down

I’m a HUGE tea drinker. I love loose teas, Yogi Tea, random exotic teas I find in TJ Maxx, and pretty much any other kind you can think of. Tea is to my afternoon snacks as a glass of cabernet is to my dinner; it’s all about balance, am I right? 😉 Any time I can fix a small ailment with natural remedies, I have to give myself a pat on the back and count that as a small victory. It just feels so cool to have some control over minor aches, right? Here’s what my little tea apothecary looks like… For “that time” of the month: TMI ALERT! Ladies: This stuff really does work when it comes to easing cramps. I’ll drink two strongly brewed cups in the days leading up to that time as well as the first day, and I notice a significant difference. A lot of times I can even skip the ibuprofen, which is awesome! EDIT: If you read the comments, you may have caught an important disclaimer about this one. Check out this little PSA from a fellow bad yogi:  “Just a psa that raspberry leaf is one of of several herbs that are known to sometimes interfere with hormonal birth control methods. To be on the safe side, I would not advise consuming it if you are simultaneously on hormonal birth control to prevent pregnancy. ‘common herbs that are known for promoting ovulation. They include “Red Clover Flower, False Unicorn Root, Kelp, Nettle Leaves, Red Raspberry Leaves, Black Cohosh, Don Quai Root, Wild Yams, Pumpkin Seeds, Saw Palmetto Berry and Sarsaparilla Root.”...
50 Shades of Yoga: Props, Straps, & Blocks, OH MY!

50 Shades of Yoga: Props, Straps, & Blocks, OH MY!

Because I couldn’t help myself, I wanted to give you guys a handy little guide to all the yoga accouterments you could ever need in your play roo– I mean yoga room 😉 Oh, and have you seen the 50 Shades movie yet? I haven’t and have not read the books either, but still want to see what the hype is all about! But I’ll wait until it comes out on Redbox so I don’t regret spending $12 on a terribly cheesy over-the-top chick flick, haha. Also– how do you like the ridiculous picture up there?! The Frenchman made it and it cracked me up! ANYWAY!!! Here’s what I got for ya: 1.) Yoga Blocks.  I think two is the magic number, but if you have space to keep four on hand, I’d roll with that. I only have two for the moment but always find myself wishing I had a couple more for different restorative postures. My favorite brand is Manduka, but at $16 a pop, if I’m buying 4 at a time, I’d just go with these which are totally acceptable and will get the same job done. I found these on Amazon. 2.) A sturdy yoga mat.  This is a no brainer, but I can confidently recommend two: Manduka’s Black Mat Pro and Lululemon’s The Mat. I have a closet full of every brand out there and they do nothing but collect dust! My favorites are tried and true.           Manduka ‘Black Mat Pro’ Pros: it will last a lifetime and ages like a fine wine! It offers just enough cushion for...
Valentine’s Day Free Class: Cardio Flow

Valentine’s Day Free Class: Cardio Flow

Surprise! I know it’s not technically yoga day, but I love you guys and wanted to give you a special flow anyway 🙂 This class is what would happen if cardio and yoga had a baby, haha. You’ll get the heart rate up and challenge the whole body with this one with some hip openers and down dog jump-throughs! Excuse my shortness of breath through this— I ate a huge chocolate chip cookie RIGHT before I filmed, haha … ummm, #badyogi! 😉 Anyway, I hope you guys have a weekend full of love whether it’s with a “special someone” or just a Scandal marathon 😉 The Frenchman and I are cheesy all year long, so Valentine’s Day is just another day for us. Plus, the NBA All Star game will be on so you know where I’ll be!   Over to you: any plans for the weekend?! I feel like I’m supposed to do something with my sister and that she told me not to forget, but I seriously can’t remember, haha. I should call her!   OH! So random but before I forget, I wanted to tell you that the Bad Yogi Warm-Up is almost sold out, so if you haven’t gotten yours yet, now’s the time. Once they’re gone, they’re gone until the Fall! :'(  ...
Bad Yogi Guide to Different Yoga Styles

Bad Yogi Guide to Different Yoga Styles

Hi friends! How are you? Ours has been good so far… This week has felt so productive! I’ve cooked almost every day (which is feat by it self, haha), organized a million things, filmed a bunch of yoga for us (!!!), and some other stuff… Don’t you love weeks like that? Feeling very accomplished, you know? 😉 Oh and shoutout to Marcie in Washington DC who inspired this post and asked if I could give a Bad Yogi take on the different styles of yoga. I thought it was SUCH a fun idea! There are dozens of styles out there, but these are the most common ones that most of us run in to when we’re going to different studios. When I used to go around to different classes, I pretty much walked in without any clue what I was getting in to. Not that it was all bad, but I still wished I had some idea of what to expect. So, let’s do this! 😉 Bikram. First thing to know is that it’s HOT. Like, super hot. Depending on what city you practice in, the temperatures range from 105* to 120* F with plenty of humidity to boot. It’s also the exact same set of 26 poses every single time which take about 90 minutes to complete. If you like it sweaty, regimented, and routine, you’ll love this. No music here either. Vinyasa Flow. Do you do my videos online or have you practiced with me in person? Then you’ve done vinyasa flow 🙂 It’s (mostly) non-stop movement with plenty of sun salutations, variety, and tends to be...
Superbowl Kale Chips!

Superbowl Kale Chips!

This weekend was basically one big party in Tampa because we had Gasparilla on Saturday and Superbowl on Sunday. Lots of beer, lots of BBQ, and LOTS of chips and guac. I’ve had my fill (okay, not really, ha!) of the rich stuff and actually found myself craving something that more closely resembles a vegetable (that part is true!). Good thing there’s the trusty kale chip which you can eat by the dozen without feeling over stuffed and guilty. Here’s how I make mine: Ingredients – 1 bunch curly kale, shredded to bite sized pieces – 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil – 1/2 tsp garlic powder – salt + pepper to taste Directions 1) Preheat oven to 375*F 2) In a large bowl, combine olive oil and spices and whisk until combined. 3) Add kale and mix until fully coated. 4) Arrange on a baking sheet so the pieces aren’t overlapping and bake for 8-12 minutes or until golden and crispy. Over to you — What are your plans for the big game? We’re staying in and making burgers, grilled veggies, some homemade guacamole, and popping open a bottle of red...
5 Yoga Poses to Nail Your Handstands

5 Yoga Poses to Nail Your Handstands

It’s 2015! I think for most of us that means we’ve taken a second re assess our goals and figure out what we want to accomplish in this New Year. Also for lots of us, I bet “nailing handstand” is on your list of bad yogi goals for the year, am I right? 😉 These are the five poses that I always include in my practice when I know I’m about to invert. They’ll be a HUGE help– I promise! 1) Standing Split. I know this one is probably the LEAST satisfying pose to do, but it’s super important. Keeping the hamstrings long and flexible means you’ll have an easier time floating your way upside-down instead of throwing your body weight up there only to fall backwards. Even if they don’t look pretty once you start them, I promise they’ll improve with time. Plus, since your upper body’s inverted in this pose, you’ll get a head start on finding your bearings while your world is turned on its head. 2) Plank. Ahhh, can I ever say enough about the importance of core work when working on handstands? Answer: no! Plank is one of the best exercises to do for strengthening the entire core, from the “six pack” abs to the muscles in the back. The bonus is that it also strengthens the shoulders, pecs, and triceps which will come in handy when balancing on your hands. 3) Chatturanga. Coming it at a close second in a list of important parts for handstands is shoulder strength! Your shoulders work closely with the core to help stabilize the body when it’s...
Bad Yogi Recipe: Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

Bad Yogi Recipe: Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

I have a confession: lately, I’ve been completely consumed by the takeout monster. Chipotle, Thai food, pressed sandwiches from Publix, Whole Foods hot bar, sushi– you name it, we’ve eaten it at least a few times per week over the past few months. I hate to think that I’ve fallen into the habit of making excuses, but I totally have. I just feel like I’ve had NO time to spend hours in the kitchen. That part IS true, but we all know cooking good, whole foods doesn’t need to take hours. So, in the list of goals I have for 2015, one of them is to make a conscious effort to cook more regularly and stop relying on takeout. Not only is it healthier for the body, but it’s healthier for the budget! Nothing makes you reevaluate your life like spending $15 on a salad from Whole Paycheck Foods three times per week– OUCH! LOL! 😉 I’m doing my Bad Yogi Cleanse to get myself back in the habit of eating at home, and adding snacks and meals here and there to test their worthiness for adding in the future. The past two days, I’ve had a hankering for spicy buffalo wings (so random!) but since they’re SO bad for you, I wanted to find an alternative. So I looked for a recipe that would satisfy that craving and I totally found one (thanks, Pinterest)! Don’t get me wrong– I wouldn’t classify this as a legitimate health food, but it’s FAR better than the hormone-laden, chemically packed bar menu’s version 😉 And hey, if you’re also doing the Bad...