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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...

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!

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

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!

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...

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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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