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Q&A Wednesday: Where Did Bad Yogi Come From?

I love getting your questions, and a lot of times, I get the same ones over and over. So I thought it’d be cool do dedicate one day a week to replying to the ones I get on social or via email.

Our inaugural question is “Where Did Bad Yogi Come From?” and it’s the perfect one to start out with! I think a lot of people assume this is basically an inside joke that took off, but they’re wrong. This isn’t just a cheeky name… it’s dead serious.

Over to you: Have you ever felt like the odd one out– in yoga or anywhere else? How did YOU overcome that feeling?

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    February 3, 2016 at 7:56 am

    I feel like I should tell you this (even though unnamed parties would KILL me for telling you): my mom is a yoga teacher and has been for a long time. She carries around this dark tinted cup with yogalicious sayings printed all over it. Know what is in it 90% of the time (including while she teaches yoga classes)? Dr. Pepper–but everyone thinks it’s yogi tea. Lady loves Dr. Pepper, donuts, and pretty much everything from Chick-fil-a…yet she can still rock some inner peace and forearm stand like a boss.

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      Erin Manukay

      February 3, 2016 at 1:39 pm

      That is so awesome!

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      Erin Motz

      February 3, 2016 at 5:03 pm

      HAHAHA! this is one of the best things ever! though i totally thought you were gonna say something like vodka, lol πŸ˜‰

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      Tanya M

      February 5, 2016 at 4:05 pm

      lol, i love that!! πŸ™‚ (moms are human too πŸ™‚ )

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    February 3, 2016 at 2:22 pm

    Awesome! I love the idea of Q&A Wednesday!
    I do feel like the odd one. I’m in college and I am not a typical student: I don’t like getting drunk, partying and clubs. I’d rather stay in my room, read or do yoga πŸ™‚ I’m not sociable, I have problem with making friends and this means I dont have them. I like my own company but I hope one day I will meet somebody who gets me! (So sappy :D)

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      Erin Motz

      February 3, 2016 at 5:04 pm

      not sappy at all! i was very similar πŸ™‚ a handful of good friends is better than a hundred semi-friends, and the real ones are worth the wait!

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    February 3, 2016 at 2:56 pm

    tears in my eyes – yes. Yes. YES!!! Thank you, Erin for being the voice of yogis everywhere who enjoy a yoga practice that feels inclusive – not exclusive. BTW… powdered donut holes before practice this am πŸ™‚

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    February 3, 2016 at 3:07 pm

    Right there with you Erin! Felt like a dork for years as a student and now as a teacher because I don’t do, eat, and drink all the yogi culture stuff. But with age and accepting who I am and who all my students are, we actually have fun in class and laugh and giggle!! Happy students πŸ™‚

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      February 9, 2016 at 3:06 pm

      Clear, invotmarife, simple. Could I send you some e-hugs?

  5. Steph Auteri

    Steph Auteri

    February 3, 2016 at 4:16 pm

    This is such a perfect explanation of why I immediately felt so connected to the Bad Yogi mantra. I’ll admit: I’m a bit of a yoga evangelist and I love the way meditation makes me feel and I speak/write quite often about gratitude. But I also have a box of Drake’s Cherry Fruit Pies hiding behind my laptop right now and I’m addicted to coffee and, when I teach yoga, I sometimes slip up and use a swear word or shake my ass to the Blur song on my play list while everyone’s in downward dog. Luckily, I found a studio that’s become like a second home to me, filled with yogis who are *totally* bad yogis. I wear my Bad Yogi shirts all the time, whether practicing or teaching and, when someone inevitably asks about it, I tell them about this fantastic site of yours, because I know they’ll love it the way I do. πŸ˜‰ Thanks for creating this community, Erin!

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      Erin Motz

      February 3, 2016 at 5:05 pm

      this is awesome, steph! so so glad that you’re a part of this with us πŸ™‚

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    Kathryn Owens

    February 3, 2016 at 4:44 pm

    I love all of this! When I first started doing yoga I practically forced myself to drink green juice and go vegetarian because I was afraid I wasn’t a “real yogi” if I didn’t..These days I don’t feel bad having steak for dinner after class! And that’s because of your teachings so thank you for helping me (and everyone else) accept who they are and be able to live whichever way they want whilst doing yoga without judgement for doing so πŸ™‚

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    February 3, 2016 at 5:07 pm

    Hey Erin. I love Bad Yogi. I’m fairly new into yoga and what it’s all about. I want to learn all that I can about it. But I don’t want to loose touch with myself either. So I am really grateful that you started Bad Yogi. It’s good to be able to practice yoga and not have to fit into this “mold” of what yoga should look like, act like, and live like. I love doing yoga to your videos. I just seem to connect with you more than other instructors. I aspire to be an instructor one day. I’d love to hear more about your journey into becoming a yoga teacher.

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    February 4, 2016 at 9:06 am

    Hey Erin!
    Although I feel in most things I’m a ‘stereotypical yogi’, I L O V E what you do and what you bring into the world.
    The key word to me is ACCEPTANCE. There’s this lack of acceptance and respect all over the places, all over the world, and it shouldn’t be in the yoga/holistic world. Sadly, this is not always the case: feeling judged for not being vegan, or not being enough meditative, or anything else doesn’t do any good to the ’cause’.

    Openness and Love, I’d love to see more of them among people.
    I try to do my best, and I feel you’re doing it too.

    So, t h a n k y o u !

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    Tanya M

    February 5, 2016 at 4:20 pm

    I don’t know where i fall, lol, my parents created me at woodstock and i was born on the first earth day, under a full moon no less … so i have a bit of hippie in my dna πŸ™‚ . I grew up on a dairy farm but ate a vegetarian diet, now vegan due to digestive issues. I have always sang in an alternative rock band and adore skulls and crossbones … but you will easily find me in flowy clothing or a soft old flannel shirt, jeans and my cowgirl boots :). Like Eleonora (great name by the way!) I just wish folks would be less judgmental and accepting. You never know what is happening in that persons life, at least i always try to give the benefit of the doubt vs just assuming they are just not nice, lol. I love my Bad Yogi gear and always get asked about it. I live in a fairly conservative yet eclectic area across the water from seattle but things tend to move slowly here πŸ™‚ I adore the “Bad” community here ! πŸ™‚ (though i often wonder if i am the oldest of the bad here …. )

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    February 6, 2016 at 3:20 pm

    Thanks Erin for being real! I love yoga better than any other form of exercise. It allows me to be kind to my body instead of tearing muscles by lifting weights and hurting my joints with cardio. I’m a mom of 3 school ages kids and I hate my body from time to time. I’m not really in bad shape I just jiggle a little more than I’d like. I love your love of food! I sometimes beat myself up after I eat a large cup of my favorite frozen custard. I’m chasing this image of what “perfect body” I think I should get to, but hate myself for craving those chocolate chips ? The struggle is real lol. I realize to be happy I need to accept my little bit of jiggle and enjoy the foods I love. BadYogi helps me love my body and helps me from being hard on myself for indulging in goodies. I try to do something almost every day from your complete at home practice. I figure 10 minutes is better than nothing ?

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    February 9, 2016 at 5:44 am

    I practice yoga in my home I’ve never been to a yoga studio. I read alot of articles on yoga and the one thing I’ve come to realize is that I don’t want to be the “typical yogi”. I’m a country girl who loved triple cheeseburgers with bacon and a beer, but that doesn’t mean I eat that every day. I stumbled across bad yogi when looking for exercises that didn’t cause asthma attacks. In the pass 2 years I’ve tried other instructors, but I felt unconnected with them and couldn’t wait for the course to end. I’m not only bad at yoga (meaning there are poses I still struggle with) I’m proud to be a bad yogi!

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