Bad Yogi Yoga Fails: Nailed It.

This comic came about after a particularly difficult practice. I felt dumb and incapable, and I was doing it in my own house with nobody watching! If there wasn’t a Bad Yogi philosophy, I may very well have easily given up a long time ago.

Following The Bad Yogi Creed:

  1. Bad Yogis don’t do yoga to be a part of the cool crowd.
  2. Bad Yogis don’t need to be able to do difficult poses perfectly or have their own Instagram hashtag.
  3. Bad Yogis understand that yoga is about feeling good, not just looking good.
  4. Bad Yogis are real people, not impossibly fit, flexible, and flashy representations of yogi stereotypes.
  5. Bad Yogis aren’t in it for the image or for the status, but because it’s theirs.
  6. Bad Yogis don’t let any predetermined doctrine define their practice, and they don’t adopt some rigid set of “rules” just for the sake of having some.
  7. Bad Yogis define their own practice.
  8. Bad Yogis aren’t conceited and self-righteous about “their” style.
  9. Bad Yogis are inclusive and everyone is welcome, whether they are fat or thin or new or seasoned. It doesn’t matter if they see yoga the same way you do, but they’re welcome any way.

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    Over to you: Any of you ever been in this situation?! Please share!

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    October 13, 2015 at 8:09 am

    So I am currently on the hunt for a new studio… Last week I visited a studio in San Antonio and we were practicing arm balances. Mind you, it is a very RECENT development that I can even hold crow for more than 2 seconds, and it takes me a while to get into it. The class was fairly fast paced, and I was trying to keep up and of course I lift up into crow and then hit the ground, hard (with my face). I chuckled at myself for probably a whole minute… then I proceeded to notice some eye rolling from the rest of the picture perfect crowd around me. About a year ago the judgement would have devastated me… but nowadays I just say “whatever, I am doing me” and move on. I could barely do chaturanga even 2 months ago, and I am damn proud that I can capable of things I never thought I would be with my practice. Yoga should never be about perfection, if you ask me. It drives me crazy when people are competitive walking into a studio – from their attire to their inversions. DO YOU. BE YOU. DON’T APOLOGIZE.

    Also, I genuinely want to know HOW ON EARTH people have time to do their hair and their makeup before a 6am vinyasa class! HOW?! I am lucky if I get a contact in.

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      Erin Motz

      October 13, 2015 at 8:18 am

      ahhhh I love this comment so much! so happy to hear that you’re just OWNING who you are, regardless of anyone else! also, makeup before noon just doesn’t happen in my house so I’m the wrong person to ask, hahah 😉

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      October 13, 2015 at 8:57 am

      I never respond on blogs, but OMG THIS IS PERFECT.

      I love everything you wrote!

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      October 28, 2015 at 1:01 pm

      It is one of my very favorite things to see actual personality and humanity creeping into a yoga class, from students or teachers! The yogis who don’t try to be so perfect and put on this unreal performance are always the easiest to connect with… It lets everyone just relax, try, fail, laugh at themselves, and be freaking compassionate! It’s just yoga after all

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    October 13, 2015 at 8:09 am

    HAHAHAHAHA – me in EVERY yoga class. Love it!

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    October 13, 2015 at 10:45 am

    Love this!

    I feel like “modern” yoga is not really true yoga or what yoga is meant to be.
    Bad Yogi is more true yoga in my opinion. It’s about finding your inner self and your body’s capabilities. It’s about pushing past those mental blocks and appreciating all of the blessings.

    Can you do a shirt out of this one?

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      Erin Motz

      October 13, 2015 at 1:02 pm

      Thank you so much! I like to think so too 🙂 As for another shirt, it’s a possibility! We actually already have one of @chelsea’s shirts in our store– have you seen that one yet?! You’ll definitely love it!

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    mary jane

    October 13, 2015 at 11:06 am

    I would have chuckled with you. asked quietly if you were ok and followed suit and fell on my head too. 2 seconds is awesome. my toes like the ground too much still. but I will persevere and my yoga instructors at the studio I practice in regularly throw in a “lighten up” “don’t be so serious” and a horray when I do fall on my head. because it is progress.

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    Kimberly Smith

    October 13, 2015 at 11:13 am

    I like to think Bad Yogis are the rebels of the stereotypical yoga world! Do you ya’ll and have fun out there!

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    Kimberly Smith

    October 13, 2015 at 11:14 am

    Oh and this would also make a great t-shirt!

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    October 13, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    Love Chelsea’s cartoons! This one is spot on. Keep on keepin’ on, you bad yogis!

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      Erin Motz

      October 14, 2015 at 1:25 am

      agreed. she’s the best!

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    October 13, 2015 at 12:33 pm

    Love being a bad yogi! So proud!!

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    October 13, 2015 at 12:44 pm

    I love this! The picture made me laugh but it’s so true! When I first started yoga a little over two years ago (using the 30 Day Yoga Challenge with the lovely Erin Motz), I wanted to do every pose exactly the way I saw it in the videos and was, at first, discouraged when I couldn’t do it. I have a bad hip and a bad back, and a messed up wrist from a past fracture, so many poses are difficult for me and there are some that I will simply never be able to do, and I’ve accepted that and am okay with it. But I kept on practicing yoga and those difficult poses anyway and made it a mission to simply focus on myself and what I can do and what feels good, not what looks good – as Erin often put it. I found her words in each video to be so encouraging, especially with the way she always tells us the ways in which we can modify positions to fit our needs. To me, that’s what yoga is about: nourishing yourself, improving your health, and calming your mind. It’s not about the fancy poses and how incredibly flexible you look or are, but about what YOU can do for yourself and no one else. That’s partly why I don’t go to yoga classes, I just do it at home with the classes Erin leads on DoYouYoga/MyYogaPro and any other challenges I sign up for. I’m still thinking of doing a class someday, but I’m good where I am right now. Anyway, sorry for such a long comment but I hope this is encouraging to anyone reading! Thanks for posting this article!

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      Erin Motz

      October 13, 2015 at 1:04 pm

      so lovely to hear that you feel comfortable with us! 🙂 it helps me feel inspired when people like YOU are so gracious and involved with our mission. much love to you, friend! <3

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        October 14, 2015 at 10:56 am

        Thank you! It’s great to hear from you! 🙂

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    April 14, 2018 at 3:25 am

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