Happy November, Bad Yogis! November is a great time to recognize some of the countless ways that we can feel grateful, and Leslie Hughes should be on just about everyones list. If you’ve met her, whether it be in person or through the community, there’s no denying that she’s bold, hilarious, and a true joy. Within the PBYP Members Only Group on Facebook, she commonly includes accountability posts… using images of her legs during practice.

Leslie is one dedicated yogi (Fun Fact: her license plate literally reads “BD YOGI”) and we couldn’t be more proud to shine a little light on her this month. Without further adieu, a bit about Ms. Leslie Hughes.

Q. How would your partner describe you?

Well, I asked him because he knows all the good, bad, and ugly after 28 years together. Here’s what he said: “Da Bomb; my dream girl; Carrie (from the US-based TV show King of Queens 😂); feels others emotions, and all of the good and bad that comes with being a perfectionist; wonderful daughter/wife/friend; dedicated; loyal; hardworking; accepting; giver; tough; a little insecure; people are always drawn to you. You are naturally beautiful.” 
Wow! I’m blushing. He is too kind.
P.S. I left out his sexual comments. You’re welcome.
[Editors note: We second all those lovely comments]

Q. How do you find motivation when it feels like you have NONE?

All sorts of different ways. By reminding myself what is really important to me, asking for help, telling myself I can do anything for 15 minutes and I usually am ready to keep going. Setting a goal to achieve, praying, reading, etc.

Q. What do you think your purpose is? Do you feel like you’re living it?

I believe my purpose is to love and serve others. I’m living it with God’s help in my role as a therapist, as a wife, mother, sister, daughter, and friend. But sometimes, I am a selfish brat. Real Talk.

Q. If all food was “health food” & there were no negative health impacts, what would you eat every day of your life?

I would live inside a silo full of salsa. There would be a room on top with a glass floor. This is where I would live with my margarita machines. Every day, a helicopter would drop fresh chips off. My neighbors would be living in a silo of queso and we would be besties .

Q. Chair pose for 1 minute or plank for 1 minute?

CHAIR. Always. My upper body and core are weak. Working on that.

Q. What’s one fact that may surprise people, or that not many people know about you?

I struggle with depression. My first serious episode resulted in my quitting my teaching career of 18 years. I went to counseling and eventually went back to school to be a counselor myself. Symptoms are less frequent now, but helps me empathize with others who experience depression.

Q. What do you wish you would see more of in the world?

Community, kindness, and grace extended to one another .

Q. What do you love/appreciate most about the Bad Yogi Community?

Well… it’s kind of exactly what I wish there was more of in the world! It is a place of kindness and acceptance. We are such a diverse group and are able to find commonality and be supportive of one another. There is a feeling of protection in the group as we do not tolerate negativity toward anyone in the community. We celebrate each other‘s accomplishments and share in each other’s sorrows. I’m a member of the PBYP group and am continually amazed at the love and support that FLOWS daily in this group .
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