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 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...
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! :'(  ...
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...
2015 #badyogisdoit Instagram Challenge!

2015 #badyogisdoit Instagram Challenge!

Yes! It starts 1/1/2015 and you’re invited! Every day will be a different theme which will be announced on Instagram and Facebook, but will remain a surprise for now 😉 I’ll pick random winners at the end of the challenge to receive TWO of my brand new Bad Yogi Full Hour Flows. You’ll get one for Hips + Hamstrings and one Full Body Challenge that gives you a little of everything, plus some arm balancing and inversions too! I’ll also be featuring some of my favorite posts of yours on the blog throughout the week (along with my own FAILS that don’t make the final cut but obviously need to be shared, haha), so be sure to check in and see if you’re one of them. Are you ready? Sorry:- Instagram feed not...