Ask Erin: How Can You Eat Meat & Be A Yogi?

Ask Erin: How Can You Eat Meat & Be A Yogi?

Disclaimer: This post is not any sort of political statement and I want to clarify that yes, I’m aware that this logic is not necessarily ideal for solving food shortages in developing countries, and that any food is better than no food in those areas. This is not an argument for how everyone should eat; it is simply my opinion and my reasoning for why I eat the way that I do. I do not discourage alternative diets like vegan/vegetarian/GF or any other modified version, nor do I think they’re incorrect in any way at all. Again, this is strictly my thought process for my personal food choices. **** I’m not speaking on the health side of things here, but merely offering my own opinion. I eat meat and always have, to include chicken, fish, and some beef. I’ve spent most of my adult life around cooking and eating, and two of the most influential people in my life are Italian and German, neither of which is known for having particularly vegetarian/vegan tendencies, haha 😉 Adding to this, I live with a French man who has exquisite taste in cheese and wine and can cook a mean filet and there’s not a cell in my body that desires to eliminate any of these things from my “menu,” so to speak. I think a lot of people are with me on this, but the yoga world is particularly unforgiving when it comes to diets that are a bit more… lax. On the flip side, I also understand what it’s like to feel badly about eating meat, especially now that we’ve...
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...