Bad Yogi Spotlight: Q&A with Lori Larkin
I’m telling you… the Bad Yogi community is something special. I’m obviously biased, but even before I was on the team at Bad Yogi, I noticed how fiercely people follow Erin, believe in what she believes in, and truly engage amongst the Bad Yogis around the world. When we launched ‘Perfect Body Yoga Program’ (known as PBYP) in 2016, there were a lot of sweat and tears that went into making it a successful program. More than anything, we wanted to be able to offer support for each and every member of our (ever growing) group.
Enter the “PBYP Members Only Group” on Facebook. Of course, this isn’t the only place you can find support, in case you’re not on Facebook, but boy did we nail the Facebook group thing.
Countless times, we’ve heard “this is the ONLY group I check” or “this isn’t like other groups” or even this week, “I just joined this group today, even though I started PBYP in November of last year (and finished it). I thought that I didn’t need the group, that I was too busy to keep up. But after reading your posts, I realized I have missed so much and I see so much of my struggles and thoughts already here on this page. What a lovely group of people! “
But… do you know WHY the PBYP group is so special? It’s because of the people, and we’re here to shine the spotlight on a few of our (peer-suggested) folks within the group who help motivate others and keep them accountable.
First up, we asked Lori Larkin a few tough questions. Simply put, Lori is a constant, and fierce, leader and motivator within the group.
Q. How would your partner/closest friend describe you?
This was hard for me to answer because I’m my own worst critic, so I asked some of my dearest friends for help…..these are their words: “Independent, strong, hard working, disciplined and confident in who she has become. Bubbly, contagious radiating smile with also the loudest belly laughs you’ve ever heard. Heart of gold, but don’t take advantage of her, because she will NOT tolerate it. She is always up for a good time as long as she can be home by 9pm, also totally content to be alone for days.”
Q. How do you find motivation when it feels like you have NONE?
I have become a creature of habit. Monday–Friday everythin
Q. What do you think your purpose is?
I’ve lived my entire life trying to make other people happy and trying to be a people pleaser, when in fact, it made me miserable. My purpose now is to finally live my life for ME..I’m learning to say NO. I love helping other people. I will bend over backwards to help a friend in need or to be kind to a stranger. If I know I can bring a smile to someone’s face, I know I’ve done my job. It’s almost like it’s mission accomplished and that feeds my soul.
Q. Do you feel like you’re living it?
At the age of 54, I can finally say YES! The Bad Yogi community has made be believe that finally, “I’m exactly where I need to be and I’m perfect exactly as I am!”
Q. If all good was “health food” & there were no negative health impacts, what would you eat every day of your life?
Cheetos…I would eat Cheetos every damn day!
Q. Chair pose for 1 minute or plank for 1 minute?
Without a doubt….1 minute plank! I’d even do a 2 minute plank if you don’t make me do chair pose!
Q. What do you wish you would see more of in the world?
Oh…so many people in the world are becoming loud, noisy and toxic. Everyone has an opinion but it is not always necessary to air it in public. People are offended over every little thing these days. Before they speak they need to stop and think… Is it true? Is it necessary? Is it kind? The world needs more kindness. It doesn’t cost a thing and it needs to be sprinkled everywhere.
Q. What do you love/appreciate most about the Bad Yogi Community?
For me….once a Bad Yogi, ALWAYS a Bad Yogi. I have found my home. The Bad Yogi Community, especially the PBYP group is greatest place on Earth. Erin and the Frenchman have created world peace in my eyes. It also has completed ME from the inside out. I can’t believe how lucky I am to be a part of such an amazing family…supportive, motivating, kind, loving. I have developed friendships all over the world that I’d never have dreamed possible. I will be forever grateful.
Keep an eye on the magazine as we continue to celebrate some bad (@$$) yogis who are stepping up and taking PBYP to the next level.