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 🙂...
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! :'(  ...
10-Minute Yoga Sequence for Easing Cramps

10-Minute Yoga Sequence for Easing Cramps

I get this question at least once a day: “what poses are good to do when your cramps are so bad, you hardly want to get up, let alone do a full yoga class?!” Luckily, Yoga has a few tricks up its sleeve and I’ll share a 10-minute sequence of poses that’ll bring you some relief. The best news is, they actually work! 1) Child’s Pose – 1 minute 2) Kneeling Lunge with Twist (Right/Left) – 1 minute each side 3) Extended Side Angle (R/L) – 1 minute each side 4) Seated Forward Fold – 1 minute 5) Low Bridge – 30 seconds 6) Supine Twist (R/L) – 1 minute each side 7) Happy Baby – 1 minute 8) Reclined Bound Angle – 1 minute In addition to this sequence, there are a few other things that will help, too: 1) Stay away from lots of dairy. I find that if I’m getting a lot of cheese or milk in my diet, I tend to feel worse around that time. 2) Stay hydrated! Don’t be shy with your water intake. I know that when your’e bloated, drinking water feels like the opposite thing to do, but trust me– it’ll keep your body happy. 3) Drink Raspberry Leaf Tea. I bought a box of this stuff a couple months ago and it’s seriously a miracle worker. Whenever I start feeling cramps coming on, I drink a cup of this stuff and like magic, they subside. 4) Don’t skip your yoga! Even a few minutes will be better than nothing. You’ll feel the difference if you can bring yourself to your mat. Also feel free to...
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...