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Bad Yogi #nofilter Interview: Kathryn Budig (+giveaway!)

What’s cool is that Kathryn was one of the first yoga teachers I ever “connected” with in real life. Many years ago before I had any yoga presence online, I only taught live classes and I practiced with every teacher I could, just for the variety. I saw a lot of different people, but usually felt completely alone in my style of teaching which was quirky and fun and often times (accidentally) very, very awkward. On impulse, I signed up for a workshop in Tampa with Kathryn a few years ago and am ashamed to admit that I totally expected a standard, stuffy yoga-lebrity who’d float into the room on an untouchable ethereal cloud of fairy dust. I was wrong. Instead, she came in and talked about pasta. She helped me do a scorpion. People danced. She fell out of a handstand and laughed about it. It was like coming home to a fellow goofball sibling… literally, is there ANY higher compliment you can give?!

When we decided to do an interview series here with Bad Yogi, I knew I had to talk to her. So here we are! Now, if you don’t know her, allow me the honor… Kathryn Budig is a world renowned yoga teacher, philanthropist, Under Armour Athlete, serial author, part-time martial artist, speaker, writer, and body-positive powerhouse. Somewhere between her near constant travel and getting ready to launch her new book, Aim True (it’s half yoga, half cookbook, you guys… and like, a real food cookbook, not a “here’s half a grape, hope you’re full” kind of cookbook), she found time to sit down with us and chat a little.

1. Describe who you are and “what you do” in 3 sentences or less. 

I’m an eternal optimist rooted in storytelling, belief, and a deep passion to help people come alive. I teach yoga, share recipes, write books, offer articles, love dogs and do what I can to help them.

2. What’s the best and worst thing about your work? 

The best part is seeing the light turn on in people’s eyes. It is absolute magic to see my students in that transformative moment realizing that they are made of pure potential and ability.

The worst part (and often best, actually) is the amount of travel. I’m so blessed to see the world, but my schedule can be quite grueling and I absolutely love my home time. It’s all about perspective at the end of the day.

3. It’s almost impossible to completely eliminate social media from our lives nowadays, especially if you have a loyal following. How do you embrace social media without being totally sucked in? 

It’s a dangerous world. I’m grateful for it’s ability to connect and inspire. It’s unreal to have such a strong platform that lives beyond the press of a fingertip. I hold onto that power, but also realize that it isn’t real. As much as people try to keep it real on social, it’s always going to be a slightly altered and filtered version of reality. That can be a slippery slope, especially when addressing people who are already struggling.

My point is, I try to use it to inspire and for my own personal inspiration, but realize at the end of the day that actual human interaction and relationships is the only real thing that I want to base my choices and reality on.

4. On that note, do you ever have moments where you feel like you should “fake it” or keep up appearances for your community? 

I catch flack on a daily basis. If I’ve learned anything, it’s that people will judge you for any and everything, so you might as well say and do what YOU want to. I know I serve as a role model to those who follow my work, and I don’t take that role lightly. In that sense, I’m very conscious of my posts and words, but not in the sense of “faking it” or editing—it’s about be thoughtful and understanding the power my words can wield. I never want to take that for granted or abuse it.

5. Are you ever insecure?

Do you mean, am I human? YES! I don’t find insecurity to necessarily be a bad thing—it’s a reminder to step up, keep working hard, keep learning and to keep challenging myself. I was also reminded once that it’s a sign that you’re maintaining your humility. I’d never want to reach a point where I have absolutely no doubts. They keep me honest and present.

6. How do you snap yourself out of it? Do you have a ritual that brings you back to the reality of your badassery? 😉

Such a good word! My dog, Ashi, is the key to bringing me back to reality. She has this uncanny ability to sense my stress levels (even if I don’t utter a single word or expletive.) She beelines to me, tries to climb me with her round head, eyes wide, tail wiggling as if to say, “MAMA! The stress is not worth it! Let it go, let it go, let it goooooo.” And you know what? It works! She’s my beautiful little stress-reliever ball.

7. What’s your personal measure of success? 

My personal measure of success is knowing I’m staying honest to what I’m passionate about, and if I lose my passion, I change it up. It’s never too late to reinvent yourself, and I want to experience everything life has to offer. That’s a successful life.

8. In your career and life, what’s been your greatest asset? And, if you care to share, your greatest hindrance? How did you overcome it? 

My greatest asset is my greatest hindrance. I’m an eternal optimist and I see the best in people. I love seeing and helping good people succeed. I’m a huge believer in tribe and connection. That being said, it has come back to bite me in the arse many times. I focus on the good in people often get taken advantage of. Not the best feeling in the world, so I’m trying to open my eyes to the reality of the situation without losing my sense of positivity.

9. Which is true about you: usually you follow your heart, or usually you follow your logic? 

See above;)

10. If there was absolutely NO way for you to make any living doing what you do now, what else would you do? 

I would go to culinary school asap! I’ve already incorporated cooking and recipes into my career for several years now (my new book is half cookbook), but I would go after a food career with much gusto! I’ve always wanted to be the slightly healthier female version of Anthony Bourdain.

11. You’ve been really open about your occasional struggle with body image and the trolls that have tried to tear you down. What’s the biggest lesson you learned about how to manage those people and situations?

I’ve learned the only way you lose power is by giving it away. Trolls will always exist and offer up poisonous words aimed at your heart. The key is to deflect and immediately move on. I care about genuine comments from my close friends and family—not vile comments flippantly posted by someone who is so deeply unhappy that they feel the need to tear apart a complete stranger.

12. Alright, just for fun: All food is “health food” and there’s no such thing as allergies and intolerances. What do you eat every day of your life?

PASTA FOR THE WIN!

13. Any final words?!

Please check out my new book, Aim True! It releases March 29th, but is available for pre-order now!

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Over to you! Any takeaways? My biggest takeaway here is that we all need a puggle. Kidding, of course 😉 But only sort of! Really though, I’m 1,000% on board with keeping social media at a distance and real life in close proximity to your soul. True, it’s not always easy, but well worth the little reminder that, hey, this is a snapshot, not the whole story.

BONUS! KB is giving away TWO copies of her new book to a couple lucky people. Just leave a comment and you’ll be entered to win! We’ll pick 2 winners at random within 72 hours of this post and they’ll be notified of when it’ll ship 🙂

You can also check her out on Facebook and Instagram for funky yoga and adorable puppies.

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150 Comments

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    Yvette

    February 5, 2016 at 5:23 am

    Awwww I totally love Kathryn, and her fur babies! Some of the cutest little face son instagram. Can’t wait for more awesome interviews! Big hugs all!

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    Jess

    February 5, 2016 at 6:31 am

    Good interview!

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    Emma

    February 5, 2016 at 6:34 am

    My little dog, & my kitten, really help with not taking life/yoga seriously. It’s hard to be grumpy/yogi-zen-master when a cute kitten attacks your feet while in the middle of a flow 🙂

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    Amanda

    February 5, 2016 at 6:35 am

    “Do you mean, am I human? YES!” Love this! It’s great to see a strong woman admit there is always insecurity!

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      Erin Motz

      February 5, 2016 at 7:02 am

      amen!!! i think we all feel that way, so it’s good to hear other people voice that truth and normalize the feeling.

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    Sarah

    February 5, 2016 at 7:11 am

    Such a lovely interview and it’s nice to hear that in real life she is down to earth and kind.

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    Kyle

    February 5, 2016 at 7:49 am

    Love this interview 🙂

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    Jéssica

    February 5, 2016 at 8:40 am

    Love Kathryn!

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    Letizia

    February 5, 2016 at 8:53 am

    I love Kathryn!!! She is one of the first yogi I followed on Instagram and she still inspires me everyday! Great interview!!!

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      Erin Motz

      February 5, 2016 at 8:55 am

      that’s great to hear! so glad you liked it! 🙂

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    Tara Lynn

    February 5, 2016 at 9:11 am

    Awesome interview! I’ve taken classes with Kathryn and she is nothing but kind, funny and encouraging. She helped me get into my first handstand ? Erin and Kathryn are my two favorite yogis to follow. Thank you both for being an inspiration and keeping it real.

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    Lindsay

    February 5, 2016 at 9:39 am

    I love KB! When I first started my Yoga practice, she was one of the very first teachers I stumbled upon and fell in love with her teaching style and overall message. I was really grateful I was able to take one of her workshops a few years ago. It was an amazing experience!

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    Debbie Petersen

    February 5, 2016 at 9:46 am

    I really enjoyed this interview – after reading her responses I found myself answering each question for myself. It’s good to consciously think about what’s important to you and what you’re passionate about. I also have a love/hate relationship with social media and constantly struggle with a lot of the insincerity I find there – not always the best place to see someone’s authentic self. I too am a lover of family, a lover of yoga, a lover of dogs and a lover of pasta!

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    Michelle

    February 5, 2016 at 9:56 am

    Ah authentic, humorous and human! This is what I admire more than anything and why I am drawn to the Bad Yogi realm :).

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    Mathiwi

    February 5, 2016 at 9:58 am

    The “fun and challenging” teaching style is my personal favorite and I am lucky that I found teachers like these ! I really hope I can experience Katheryn’s teachings one day 🙂

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    Veki

    February 5, 2016 at 10:16 am

    “slightly healthier female version of Anthony Bourdain.”
    I would definitely watch this show! =))
    It’s always nice to read an interview with a positive and strong person like Kathryn. 😉

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    Katelyn

    February 5, 2016 at 10:19 am

    Glad to see more yogis following a bad yogi lifestyle and actually being relatable

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    Maisey C.

    February 5, 2016 at 10:21 am

    Why can’t more yoga teachers be like you two?? Hearing more down-to-earth teachers speak and be realistic about life and their practice is so refreshing!

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      Erin Motz

      February 5, 2016 at 10:28 am

      thank you so much, maisey! <3

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    Lynne Headley

    February 5, 2016 at 10:23 am

    So many great words of wisdom from this Glowing Goddess. My favorite, ” If I’ve learned anything, it’s that people will judge you for any and everything, so you might as well say and do what YOU want to”, came at the perfect time! Love her and Bad Yogi❤
    Keep rocking the good vibes ૐ

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    Valerie

    February 5, 2016 at 10:24 am

    What a great interview!
    I really like this passage “I focus on the good in people often get taken advantage of. Not the best feeling in the world, so I’m trying to open my eyes to the reality of the situation without losing my sense of positivity.” since I think that this describes the struggle of every person that tries to be good in today’s world. There are so many people that just seem to wait to make other peoples life miserable. In the end the only thing we can do is try to stay positive and grateful for all the good and nice people that are around use.

    A great idea to do such an “unfiltered” interview!

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    Amanda D

    February 5, 2016 at 10:28 am

    I love Kathryn! You and her are pretty much the only two teachers I have used for online classes in my home practice – such a real and vibrant presence from both of you, even on a laptop screen. So exciting to see the two of you on one page 🙂

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    Tara allen

    February 5, 2016 at 10:32 am

    I love this! The things she says is so real and I like the fact you are interviewing other bad yogis because we are all human! I love this! Than you so much!

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    Katie

    February 5, 2016 at 10:32 am

    What a great interview with a rockstar of a person. I love how down to earth she is! Can’t wait to get my hands on AIM TRUE!

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    Allison

    February 5, 2016 at 10:34 am

    Inspirational interview, thank you Erin! I’ve taken one of her workshops as well and completely agree. Very refreshing perspective, thank you to Kathryn, looking forward to reading your new book!

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    Marisa Santos

    February 5, 2016 at 10:35 am

    When my two favorite Yoga teachers come together, this happens!!! Magic! Loved this interview, thank you so much <3

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    Joy

    February 5, 2016 at 10:36 am

    What a beautiful interview, it’s refreshing to hear such a honest and lively voice!

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    Ashley

    February 5, 2016 at 10:39 am

    Love the new blog and LOVE Kathryn! I’m so excited for her new book, and to practice with her at Yoga Reaches Out in May!

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    Evelyn Mizell

    February 5, 2016 at 10:45 am

    I’ve enjoyed each and every interview I’ve read with Kathryn Budig – what a way to make my Friday! Looking forward to treating myself to one of her workshops!

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    Sara

    February 5, 2016 at 10:47 am

    What a great interview!! Can’t wait to get my hands on Aim True! Sounds like such a great book, and who doesn’t love new recipes!!!

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    Jennifer Juergens

    February 5, 2016 at 10:49 am

    I don’t think there is any better compliment than “being like a goofy sibling.” Funky yoga & adorable puppies makes me happy!!

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    Kasia

    February 5, 2016 at 10:52 am

    Great interview! I love how real Kathryn is 🙂 I think she deseves to be called Bad Yogi too 🙂

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    Lisa

    February 5, 2016 at 10:56 am

    Great interview!! I would love to be in the same room as these two lovely and awesome women, I imagine there would be lots of laughter and good food ?

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    Madi

    February 5, 2016 at 10:57 am

    She seems super sweet! Her doggy is like my kitties!!!! Thanks for the interview!

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    Lori

    February 5, 2016 at 11:01 am

    Very nice interview! I have never heard of Kathryn but will have to check her out now!

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    Brooks

    February 5, 2016 at 11:05 am

    It’s people like you guys that make me keep going knowing that “humans” are so passionate about yoga and life as I am makes me keep doing yoga, because honestly it has taken me a while to find people to feel connected to just like Erin!

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    Stephanie

    February 5, 2016 at 11:05 am

    I would love yo meet the both of you, also lets throw Anthony Bourdain into the mix since KB brought him up! Good food, good people ~~ ahhh dreams.

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    Sue

    February 5, 2016 at 11:07 am

    She sounds pretty normal and nice – always encouraging to us non celeb teachers!

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    Leota

    February 5, 2016 at 11:12 am

    Kathryn Budig is one of the yogis that really made me start loving yoga and believing in myself. I cannot wait for her new book!

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    Melanie

    February 5, 2016 at 11:13 am

    such a great interview! I love it how real you both are and share your love to pasta – like most of us Bad Yogis 🙂
    you two have broaden my yoga-horizon so much and helped me to get into yoga with so much love for details. I love how much you care about your followers! Thanks for all, to you both!

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    Sara C.

    February 5, 2016 at 11:18 am

    Great blog! Great interview! Great giveaway!!

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    Nancy Stodgel

    February 5, 2016 at 11:21 am

    Lovely interview! I will be looking for your new book!

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    Nettie

    February 5, 2016 at 11:25 am

    Great interview, loved reading Kathryns positive realistic view of life/yoga/food.

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    Kimberly Smith

    February 5, 2016 at 11:28 am

    I love this! Keep up the good work and this is a great reminder to not lose ourselves to an idea of who we think others think we are and to aim true! 🙂

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    Anne

    February 5, 2016 at 11:36 am

    Just found myself wanting a dog, despite me not being a dog person at all. That face! Nice interview. Such an important reminder when it comes to social media…

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    Michael

    February 5, 2016 at 11:42 am

    I don’t remember how I started following Kathryn but I’m glad I started. I especially have enjoyed her Periscopes – she’s such a real person and I love that.

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    Lydia

    February 5, 2016 at 11:54 am

    I am not even surprised that you and Kathryn would be connected in some way. You’re both two of my very favorite yogis, and it’s because you feel real to me. I love your authenticity. ?

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    Joshua

    February 5, 2016 at 12:07 pm

    Fantastic interview. Staying honest to what you are passionate about, and if you lose that passion changing it up is probably the best advice I’ve ever heard. As someone who has “failed to launch” in many ways in life, this has really inspired me.

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    Emily

    February 5, 2016 at 12:11 pm

    Love this! Love her! I might be biased though, I’m a puggle mom too!

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    Rachael

    February 5, 2016 at 12:19 pm

    I loved her other guest post. So real! This interview was fun. I now have to read her book!

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    Paula

    February 5, 2016 at 12:23 pm

    Kathryn sounds like a real down-to-earth yogi, like yourself. Great interview! Thanks!

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    Abbey

    February 5, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    I love KB’s workshops so much. Sometimes it feels like she’s the only yoga teacher that really understands my love of cupcakes! 😉

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    Heather Rosacker

    February 5, 2016 at 12:30 pm

    I connect with her sooo much! I would love to read her book!

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    Megan

    February 5, 2016 at 12:36 pm

    Love Kathryn! This is my first time on your site and I’m intrigued to stick around! Few things make me happier than strong women lifting one another up ?

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    Michelle

    February 5, 2016 at 12:38 pm

    AWWW I love Kathryn! And like she was one of your first yogi badassery connections in real life, she exists for me in the world of my computer (thank God for yogaglo!) and was one of the first to show me that its OK for your silly soulful self to show in your practice and teaching! The day I meet her for real is the day I act like a 12 year old girl meeting a Hanson brother circa 1993 haha 🙂

    Thanks for a great interview and sharing more of my fave teacher with us!!!!!

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    Regina Carey

    February 5, 2016 at 12:39 pm

    I took a class from Kathryn at SJ Live in San Fran…she helped me conquer my fear of arm balances. I was able to actually do a handstand for the first time. I adore her! (and this blog!)

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    Anita

    February 5, 2016 at 12:40 pm

    I love Kathryn she is amazing! I have been doing her aim true dvd, and following her on yogaglow.com, have seen a great difference in my practice!!

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    Sara Russell

    February 5, 2016 at 12:50 pm

    Badass Budig! I love this woman. What an inspiration she is. Would love to get my hands on Aim True!! <3

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    Kelsey

    February 5, 2016 at 12:53 pm

    Love you two together! My faves in one place ?

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    Steffanie Journey

    February 5, 2016 at 12:57 pm

    Love Kathryn and her light hearted teaching style. Can’t wait for the book!

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    Jill Patterson

    February 5, 2016 at 12:59 pm

    I love that so many yogi’s are keeping it real! I’m happy to hear that Kathryn doesn’t float around on a cloud of pixie dust. The real teachers are the most inspiring in my opinion. I once paid a lot of money to take a 3 day workshop only to find out that the training was indeed a standard, stuffy, yoga-lebrity. I didn’t even finish the workshop because I felt so let down. On the bright side, it allowed me to turn my attention in a different direction. And then I found the bad yogi club where I seem to share the opinion of many!!

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      Rebecca Lewis

      February 5, 2016 at 1:32 pm

      I absolutely LOVE you KB! You are a fantastic role model for me and I share you will all of my friends.

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    Steve

    February 5, 2016 at 1:04 pm

    I love food and yoga . Hope to get it soon. Thanks for inspiring . ✌?️

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    Jennifer Pollio

    February 5, 2016 at 1:08 pm

    I could not be happier to see two of my favorite Yogi’s in one place. I have always noticed the similarities between you both and I am thankful that you keep it real and stay true to yourselves. I hope to meet you both someday! Maybe over a bowl of PASTA!

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      Erin Motz

      February 7, 2016 at 10:51 am

      YOU WIN! Reaching out privately 🙂

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    Cherie'

    February 5, 2016 at 1:11 pm

    Great interview!! Nice to meet you, Kathryn 🙂

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    Katarina

    February 5, 2016 at 1:14 pm

    Love KB. Would love to win her book ?

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    Sara

    February 5, 2016 at 1:14 pm

    I love this! It’s nice to hear people you admire have insecurities too and that it doesn’t always mean it’s a bad thing to have them. I love this series, can’t wait for more!

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    Charlotte

    February 5, 2016 at 1:21 pm

    A yoga/cookbook? That sounds like a must-get! I can see why Bad Yogi wanted to interview Kathryn Budig very badly. I loved reading it. I appreciate the honesty, especially when it comes to social media.

    I wish I traveled as much as Kathryn does to make me miss home!

    Ms. Budig, thank you for allowing us an insight on who you are.

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    Laura

    February 5, 2016 at 1:21 pm

    I love KB and Bod Yogi 🙂 Excited about the blog and the book.

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    Christina Vitone

    February 5, 2016 at 1:25 pm

    I have done 2 workshops with KB and I just love the energy and reality that she brings to us. It is fun, challenging and yet deeply mindful. I love the “meat-suit” reference in her chats and she has imbedded in me that is OK to be who you are, even if it is a “dump-truck”. xoxo

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    Frescia Poth

    February 5, 2016 at 1:30 pm

    She is my absolute favorite!!! I get an opportunity to experience her live at a workshop next month and would love to win her book!!! ?

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    Sarah

    February 5, 2016 at 1:30 pm

    Both of you ladies inspire the badassery I strive for in my daily life!

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    Nikki Duhring

    February 5, 2016 at 1:33 pm

    Would be honored to win! Thank you for the opportunity!!

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    Lucy

    February 5, 2016 at 1:41 pm

    Oh my god! These two. So inspiring women! I hope to meet them one day in person… Sending kisses from the Czech Republic! :)**

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    Kelsey

    February 5, 2016 at 1:48 pm

    Love Kathryn. She is such an awesome teacher!

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    Bernie Isacovici

    February 5, 2016 at 2:00 pm

    I love this article! And Kathryn is an awesome soul and teacher! Love

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    Maya

    February 5, 2016 at 2:04 pm

    Badassery has got to be my new favorite word. Great interview! <3

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    Heather Martz

    February 5, 2016 at 2:09 pm

    I love how real KB is! I also had a great first experience with her at the yoga journal San Francisco conference a couple years ago. I wasn’t sure what to expect and as she walked in the room, she immediately started joking around with people and had amazing energy. Definitely one of my favorite teachers?

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    Leanne

    February 5, 2016 at 2:11 pm

    You go girl!

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    Ashley Lorenzo

    February 5, 2016 at 2:24 pm

    Kathryn is an beautiful person in and out. Thank you for interviewing such a great leader in the yoga community.

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    Angelo

    February 5, 2016 at 2:34 pm

    I just CAN’T wait to practice with Kathryn in London…and I’m going to wear my Bad Yogi tee! That’s for sure! Cheers from Italy, girls, you’re my fav yoginis!

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      Erin Motz

      February 5, 2016 at 2:39 pm

      woo-hoo!!! snap a picture, too! 😉 <3

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    Ashley Z

    February 5, 2016 at 2:37 pm

    I love Kathryn! She is so beautiful, inside and out she has been one of my biggest role models throughout my 20’s, can’t wait to be like her when I grow up!

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    Denise de With

    February 5, 2016 at 2:50 pm

    I really enjoyed reading this! I’m a teacher who makes award mistakes during class and then laugh about it! So I like the Bad yogi club and Kathryn; keeping it real, honest, fun and loving!

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    Keri Stewart

    February 5, 2016 at 3:11 pm

    I love this interview! She seems very down to earth : )

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    Traci L

    February 5, 2016 at 3:11 pm

    Such a great article. It’s nice to have women like Kathryn and Erin as examples in my yoga practice. Especially when it comes to body image and social media!

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      Erin Motz

      February 7, 2016 at 10:50 am

      YOU WIN! Reaching out privately 🙂

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    Alicia

    February 5, 2016 at 3:15 pm

    Great interview! Erin and Kathryn have completely flipped my outlook on yoga and I love it! Bad Yogi to the core!! Thanks!

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    Rebecca

    February 5, 2016 at 3:23 pm

    Yoga and cooking together in one book? Sounds perfect to me! 🙂 I’ll definitely need to give this a try.

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    Jkeis

    February 5, 2016 at 3:32 pm

    Great interview questions! My takeaway is that I can try hard to be peaceful and positive and it is still okay to think (okay, say) an expletive now and then. Thanks ladies!

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    Melissa

    February 5, 2016 at 3:40 pm

    Awesome interview…. Love Kathryn…. My takeaway is that no matter who you are… All people famous and not deal with the same negativity…. Its how your react to it that makes the difference!

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    Susan

    February 5, 2016 at 3:51 pm

    Love Kathryn. She’s down-to-earth and that’s refreshing. A good role model. Looking forward to reading her book, “Aim True”.

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    Lauren

    February 5, 2016 at 3:58 pm

    I have been following Kathryn for a while in Instagram. I remember she posted a picture of herself in a bikini and thinking “She has a body very similar to mine!” I even showed the pic to a few others who agreed. Love this interview!

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    Tanya M

    February 5, 2016 at 4:03 pm

    I think one of my favorite interviews to date!! I love how open and honest Kathyrn always is…. how human. Makes me feel better about my own insecurities and challenges … confirms we all have our own little idiosynchrasies (spelling flob but.. you know what i meant) Thanks!! Looking forward to the new book, been on my wish list 🙂

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    lindsay jones

    February 5, 2016 at 4:07 pm

    Great interview with a great human! 🙂

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    Carly

    February 5, 2016 at 4:08 pm

    Love her! The book sounds awesome! Definitely need it in my life?

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    Amy S.

    February 5, 2016 at 4:16 pm

    Such a fun read! Would love to take one of her classes some day!

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    Rachel

    February 5, 2016 at 4:23 pm

    Love both you guys and your awesomeness. And free stuff. ?

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    Hannah P

    February 5, 2016 at 4:26 pm

    I can’t wait for this book! She’s literally the best. So much love and love and love.

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    Alyza

    February 5, 2016 at 4:29 pm

    Kathryn’s my biggest lady crush! I love how grounded and spunky she is. Thanks for the interview!

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    Shelley

    February 5, 2016 at 5:16 pm

    Great interview!

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    Kara

    February 5, 2016 at 5:37 pm

    Great advice by Kathryn, as usual!

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    Tarin

    February 5, 2016 at 5:50 pm

    Great interview! I have followed you and Kathryn both on social media for over a year now and love you both! You two are true queens of badassery ?

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    Louise

    February 5, 2016 at 6:04 pm

    Awesome, awesome interview! Love Kathryn’s philosophy on life 🙂 so inspiring and uplifting.

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    thomas

    February 5, 2016 at 6:40 pm

    Awesome interview. Loved the plainspeak and inspiration!

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    Alysha

    February 5, 2016 at 7:09 pm

    I find it really refreshing to see that we are allowed to be “normal” and “goofy” if we practice Yoga. At times I feel like my social media is bombarded with people who are “perfect” in everything…. including the practice of yoga– and I have to admit it made me skeptical about wanting to learn and appreciate yoga for this reason. Great read!

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    Anne

    February 5, 2016 at 7:13 pm

    Inspirational food for thought!

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    Stefani

    February 5, 2016 at 7:36 pm

    I’ve always loved Kathryn’s work. Thank you, Erin, for sharing this with us and letting us once again see how awesome she is!

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    Amanda

    February 5, 2016 at 7:52 pm

    Love this! I love that her book is half yoga, half cookbook – can’t get much better than that!

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    Sarah Hughes

    February 5, 2016 at 7:54 pm

    “Shine like the whole universe is yours” ~ Rumi- KB always makes me think of this quote, and I appreciate her eternal optimism and enjoy her inspiration! Glad I stumbled upon this yogi. Great interview!

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    Nicole Wickstrom

    February 5, 2016 at 8:08 pm

    I was blessed with the opportunity to take multiple live classes and workshops with Kathryn when she was in SF for Yoga Journal Live and she is seriously life changing. I’ve always loved her message and have taken her online classes, but meeting her and experiencing a whole day of Aim True helped me truly change my perspective around things like body image, living my passion, and spreading that message to those around me. I even asked her how I could share the Aim True philosophy with my class of second graders and have already started shaping their little minds to aim true in life!

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    Amy

    February 5, 2016 at 8:54 pm

    I adore Kathryn. I’ve been practising with her on Yogaglo for half a year now and she’s a major inspiration in me doing a teacher training. <3

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    Emily

    February 5, 2016 at 9:31 pm

    Loved this! Kathryn & Erin seem like kindred spirits on the same down-to-earth, goofy level, which is what makes both of them so inviting. I love everything they both offer to the practice…and to all of us out here! <3

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    Jenny

    February 5, 2016 at 9:42 pm

    I so enjoyed this. I do not have the “yoga teacher body” nor do I teach in a conventional way. I’ve tried to teach the “perfect yoga way” but go completely blank when trying to teach and just feel awkward. So, I have decided to b me and if people don’t like it they don’t have to come back. Thanks for this interview. I like Kathryn B. Would love to read her book. She was the first yoga teacher on Yoga Journal that had my body type. Had to love that!!

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    Sarah M

    February 5, 2016 at 11:24 pm

    Pasta for the win! My new hero. I have been trying to eat healthy, but I could never give up my love of pasta. I’d rather eat that everyday for the rest of my life than anything else.

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    Tamara D

    February 5, 2016 at 11:32 pm

    This was a great article! I love her response about insecurities. Thanks for a good read!

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    Jen

    February 6, 2016 at 12:08 am

    Love KB she is such an inspiration

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    Ashley St. Johm

    February 6, 2016 at 12:19 am

    This was so fabulous! The teacher I learned from for my YTT being interviewed by the first online yoga teacher I took a class from! Thanks Erin!

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    Natalie

    February 6, 2016 at 12:22 am

    Erin & Kathryn… you both kick ass!!!

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    Kristin

    February 6, 2016 at 7:38 am

    I absolutely LOVE this interview! I’ve been anticipating her upcoming book release ever since it was first mentioned. She’s so inspiring!

    P.S. Pasta for the win!!! 😀

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    Stefano

    February 6, 2016 at 9:00 am

    I liked this interview a lot! Very inspiring words, in particular I liked the part of how to overcome struggles. Of course big laugthers in the final questions. 😀

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    Catharine

    February 6, 2016 at 9:33 am

    I fun and refreshing interview! Kathryn has a fantastic perspective on life and one that is sometimes hard to find in the yoga industry. Thank you for sharing.

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    Fran Doubleday

    February 6, 2016 at 10:02 am

    Impressive woman! I have known about her for a long time but hearing her thoughts is quite inspirational. I am especially touched by her comments on insecurity – something both I and my girls have struggled with. Equating feelings of insecurity and just being human puts it all in perspective! Thanks so much for posting this interview.

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    Meagan Edmondson

    February 6, 2016 at 10:52 am

    I just love this mashup of two of my favorite yoga teachers!

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    Emily

    February 6, 2016 at 11:09 am

    I love her perspective and yoga style. This was a fun article to read.

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    Ashley

    February 6, 2016 at 12:44 pm

    I”ve heard of Kathryn Budig but not familiar with her yoga style. Following her now! Thanks.

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    Rachel Johns

    February 6, 2016 at 12:51 pm

    Loved this! Sounds like the book will be great!

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    Steph

    February 6, 2016 at 1:54 pm

    Would love to read this!

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    Cheri McElroy

    February 6, 2016 at 2:08 pm

    Kathryn’s Aim True DVD helped me finally fall in love with yoga.

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    Maggie Ball

    February 6, 2016 at 5:34 pm

    Great interview – Kathryn’s answers were really powerful. I’m going to look forward to more from The Yogi Chef (that “the slightly healthier female version of Anthony Bourdain.”) – at least I know you won’t be eating a beating cobra heart.

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    Stephanie Markley

    February 6, 2016 at 6:52 pm

    I fell in love with yoga because of Kathryn Budig and her fun and positive teaching. Her DVD is wonderful and her first book is excellent! I can’t wait to read her new book!

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    Erin

    February 6, 2016 at 10:00 pm

    Great interview! Kathryn is one of my favorite teachers, and I can’t wait for her new book.

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    Renee B.

    February 6, 2016 at 10:16 pm

    A well-thought interview. One that made me think about myself and made me smile. It’s nice to know that there are more people out there that enjoy yoga and food! Being a Bad Yogi has transformed my life and I’m so happy that I found this group of people that just want to be themselves! 🙂

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    Andrea

    February 7, 2016 at 12:18 am

    I love kathryn!! I´ve yet to take her live class, but all her online work speaks millions, I love her goofy, playful self and glad you featured her!

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    Ruby Gonzalez

    February 7, 2016 at 12:21 am

    What a lovely article!

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    Ashley

    February 7, 2016 at 6:30 am

    So relatable! I love fun down to earth yoga instructors!

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    Moonshyne4all

    February 7, 2016 at 7:52 am

    How perfect… I just discovered your FB page, thank you. Kathryn was one of the first people to show me that yoga can be fun and it’s good to not take yourself so seriously. ?

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      Erin Motz

      February 9, 2016 at 4:06 am

      welcome! 🙂 glad to have you here! <3

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    Nadine

    February 7, 2016 at 9:03 am

    I am sooo excited to finally take a class with KB in London next May and I.CANNOT.WAIT. for you to finally teach some classes around Europe as well. I just love how the both of you still manage to keep in touch with your tribe/community/fans, whatever you wanna call it, without becoming a multimedial monster along the way and just keeping it real.

    Stay just exactly how you are. It’s awesome!

    Nadine

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    Heather

    February 7, 2016 at 10:16 am

    Great article! And I agree, pass for the win ?

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    Mercedes Franco

    February 7, 2016 at 11:29 am

    I have admired the both of you for the past 3 years, since I re discovered Yoga. Both of you are a constant inspiration for me, an already 50!!!! Super young at heart, that has not done everything that wants to do in life yet (as last year I had my first Surfing lessons…… Yeeee peeeee) and believes that I am healthy age is only a number….. Thank you for your inspiration. I look forwards to read all your articles, blogs…. And Kathrynn, I have already pre ordered your book in Amazon uk … Just waiting for you both to come to London??? I’m only half an hour away and would love to do a class with you!!!!

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    Jess Leiggi

    February 7, 2016 at 12:24 pm

    Love this!! Kathryn is one of my fave yogis and really helped me get into yoga.

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    Denise

    February 7, 2016 at 1:39 pm

    I love all the new things on here. It was a fun place before but now it’s even better. I cant wait for all the interviews and new voices to come 🙂 And now I have to finish reading the rest of the interview because I had to make sure I was still within the time limit to take part in the give-away. 🙂

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    Christine

    February 9, 2016 at 2:26 pm

    So great to reconnect with one of your first teachers, erin! love both of you! ?

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    Cavin Elizabeth Photography

    February 13, 2016 at 3:21 pm

    Absolutely love Kathryn! She and you both are so inspiring 🙂 Thank you for always sharing such awesome content, Erin!

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    Melinda

    February 15, 2016 at 1:46 pm

    I went to a weekend workshop of Kathryn’s in Wichita, Kansas (I’m a Kansan!) and absolutely loved it! She is so genuine and such a fun person to be around! Thanks for the great interview Erin!

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