Day In The Bad Yogi Life: Travel Edition + Wanderlust Pics

Day In The Bad Yogi Life: Travel Edition + Wanderlust Pics

Back in the day when I had an office job, I would stare longingly at my Facebook, stalking my favorite bloggers, dreaming of having the life of a full-time traveller. I thought it’d be the best thing ever and sooo effortless and glamorous. Turns out, I was right about it being the best thing ever, but totally wrong about the effortless/glamorous part, and I don’t even travel full-time! <– blogger/yogi fail! I had to find a way to keep myself occupied on a ridiculously early flight to Austin, so I went ahead and documented it for you because I know how fascinating a play-by-play of someone’s grumpiness is… 😉 #not 3:50am: alarm goes off because we have a 5:20am plane to catch. If I were to be dramatic here, I could burst in to big, baby-like grumpy tears and then collapse in a heap of exhaustion and attitude right now. But like I said, that’s if I were being dramatic… 4:30am: arrive at airport just in time for them to tell us we have to pay $25 to check a single bag. LOVE WHEN THAT HAPPENS YESSSSS– said no one ever. I thought security would be deserted, but turns out, everyone loves to fly this early! W-T-F. 5:45am: flight attendant gives me thimble-sized bag of pretzel dust and looks insulted when I ask if it’s empty. She moves on to the next row and I’m over here like THAT’S RIGHT WALK AWAY. 5:48am: open-mouth cougher to my left has started making a cacophony of sickly sounds. I give him the side eye then wrap my entire face (from nose to neck)...
Bad Yogi Engagement Part II

Bad Yogi Engagement Part II

If you haven’t already, make sure you read Part I right here! Now, the moment we’ve all been waiting for… *** As soon as we get there, we start taking yoga pictures and he takes a few before stopping me and says, “We should get a picture of the two of us but I’m afraid someone’s gonna run off with my camera, haha.” This was great because literally 6 feet away from us was a legit photographer taking pictures of random stuff with a camera even nicer than ours and I was like, “You should ask that guy– he looks like he knows what he’s doing!” So he gives “that guy” (his name was Vlad but of course, I didn’t know that yet) his camera and he was super nice about it, taking a bunch of pictures of us just standing there together. We eventually thank him and walk away a little bit, snap a few more yoga pictures until Adrien says he wants to take a selfie with his big-ass camera! It’s the DSLR that we film with and it’s quite heavy and cumbersome to maneuver, even with two hands let alone one. I was like, “that’s a terrible idea– the pictures the other guy took look fine!” Adrien walked us DIRECTLY in front of Vlad’s lens to take this ridiculous selfie and I was just thinking “oh my god… *facepalm*… we’re right in his way…” Of course, Vlad saw Adrien struggling with his camera and offered to take more, which I started feeling bad about because he was clearly working on something else. Vlad was pretty into...
Do This, Not That: 5 Poses Everyone Does Wrong & How To Fix Them (with pictures!)

Do This, Not That: 5 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: some of the most commonly incorrect poses in a typical class. 1) Downward Facing Dog. It’s easier to “dump” the weight forward because it takes the work out of the back and hamstrings, but when we lean too far forward, the wrists can strain, the spine compresses, and the rhythm of breath isn’t as fluid. Instead, be sure to elongate the hamstrings by pressing back through the heels, tilting the pelvis up, and press the floor away with the hands to elongate the spine. Also, let’s nip this in the bud once and for all: your heels do NOT have to touch the floor for this pose to be “correct.” There, I said it! 2) Chatturanga Dandasana. Ahh, much easier to pitch the hips up and dip the chest down, but it won’t do you any favors! Dipping the shoulders below the elbows can spell injury if we don’t correct...
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...
BadYogi Playlist #3

BadYogi Playlist #3

I’ve said this no fewer than 1,000 times, but I LOVE making playlists. LOVE. It. For long road trips, short road trips, plane trips, workouts, Barre Class, and especially my beloved yoga. I think music can make or break a class and that probably explains why I’m so neurotic about this 😉 In any case, here’s this month’s tunes! Any favorite songs you’re loving for yoga right...