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 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...
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 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...