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...
The Untold Bad Yogi Story + New Challenge!

The Untold Bad Yogi Story + New Challenge!

I’ve been teaching yoga for a while… started when I was 17 and it was always the gig I had on the side. When I graduated college I had no clue what to do with my life. I was just meandering through life hoping something nice, like a lottery win or a cushy job with a six-figure salary, would fall in to my lap! (Which: no.) So after one of my weekly yoga classes, I’d mentioned needing to find a “real job” and one of my yogis happened to work at an investment firm. She REALLY REALLY REALLY wanted me to come by for an interview, and I reluctantly agreed. Partially because my mom would be super annoyed if I didn’t, and partly because I figured I had nothing to lose since I’d never get hired based on the fact that I knew nothing about investing and had no interest in working there 😉 Turns out, I got the job! I remember thinking, “Wow, cool! Wait, oh shit…” haha. But hey, it paid me well, I had fantastic benefits, and I learned more about financial markets and the world economy than I ever did in school… and that knowledge still serves me extremely well to this day. Yet somehow, I still hated it. I LOATHED going to work in the morning and Sunday evenings were usually spent in tears as I racked my brain for ANY other alternative. It was a serious struggle to wake up and know that I was about to spend nine to ten hours of my day doing work I didn’t care about while generally...
Bad Yogi Q&A/Coffee Date with Erin #2

Bad Yogi Q&A/Coffee Date with Erin #2

Hi, friends! How are you? If we were sitting down for a cuppa, I’d want to know how your week’s been. I know it’s only Wednesday, but I hope you’ve had a great week so far and hopefully still reminiscing on a fun-filled weekend 🙂 As for me, I’ve been in major planning mode: I’m working on a few really massive projects for us that’ll be due later this year, and I’m extremely excited to share them with you. They’re game changers, for sure, and things that are going to help your practice in so many ways. Really, really exciting! * I’d tell you about my friend Gina’s (the Fitnessista) new ebook about how to build your blog, which I read cover to cover last night! For only $9, I WISH I’d had this when starting out. Full of great tips from a pro:  Click here to view more details (DISCLOSURE: this is an affiliate link, which means I get a small little “tip” if you purchase it. But as you know, I’d never endorse anything I didn’t find truly helpful or that I didn’t love myself.) * I’d tell you that we’re SO CLOSE to unlocking the last possible week of the yoga challenge (sad face!)! This was BY FAR my favorite week to create for you… I can’t wait for you to take these classes and hear your thoughts. Make sure you share it up so we can unlock it! Click here to sign up and share with all your friends 🙂 I get a zillion questions every day and wanted to answer as many of your questions as I...
Ask Erin: How Can You Eat Meat & Be A Yogi?

Ask Erin: How Can You Eat Meat & Be A Yogi?

Disclaimer: This post is not any sort of political statement and I want to clarify that yes, I’m aware that this logic is not necessarily ideal for solving food shortages in developing countries, and that any food is better than no food in those areas. This is not an argument for how everyone should eat; it is simply my opinion and my reasoning for why I eat the way that I do. I do not discourage alternative diets like vegan/vegetarian/GF or any other modified version, nor do I think they’re incorrect in any way at all. Again, this is strictly my thought process for my personal food choices. **** I’m not speaking on the health side of things here, but merely offering my own opinion. I eat meat and always have, to include chicken, fish, and some beef. I’ve spent most of my adult life around cooking and eating, and two of the most influential people in my life are Italian and German, neither of which is known for having particularly vegetarian/vegan tendencies, haha 😉 Adding to this, I live with a French man who has exquisite taste in cheese and wine and can cook a mean filet and there’s not a cell in my body that desires to eliminate any of these things from my “menu,” so to speak. I think a lot of people are with me on this, but the yoga world is particularly unforgiving when it comes to diets that are a bit more… lax. On the flip side, I also understand what it’s like to feel badly about eating meat, especially now that we’ve...
Ask Erin: Can Yoga & Religion Coexist?

Ask Erin: Can Yoga & Religion Coexist?

Hmm, isn’t religion one of those things you’re never supposed to bring up at a dinner table conversation? Maybe, but you guys know I’m not one to follow rules anyway 😉 I was asked this question a few times and then got a message from someone sharing her journey to yoga from a religious standpoint. She always believed you had to adhere to a certain belief system to be a yogi, and was happy to learn that this isn’t the case. So after I saw her message, I figured I might as well answer this question that’s been floating around: “Erin, are you religious?” Something a lot of people don’t know about me is that I actually went to Catholic School for 9 years and it was exactly as you’d envision: nuns, plaid jumpers, Wednesday mass, and no make-up, nail polish, or PDA allowed. Actually, one time I got a detention because my mom sent me to school in pants with pockets (!!!) on a chilly day instead of my traditional skirt, haha! Of course it sounds totally insane now, but it’s funny because I never really thought about it being that weird until I grew up! I can’t say that I still practice Catholicism, but I do still consider myself to be very Spiritual. Even though “spirituality” has gotten kind of a hokey wrap over the years, the way I interpret spirituality is that I believe in God, I believe in miracles, I don’t believe in accidents, and I believe there’s a force bigger than my own desires that has my back, so to speak. It’s pretty simple. I...