are you a bad yogi?
posted: December 26, 2013
Since we’ve been busy merrymaking for the past few weeks we maybe, possibly, perchance haven’t been the world’s best yogis. Then we met Erin Motz, who reminded us that being a ‘good’ yogi is all in how you look at it. Erin is a 240 CYT yoga instructor based in Tampa Bay whose approach to the practice is a little unconventional. Her journey to yoga started when she was 16 and looking for a way to exercise that didn’t involve Zumba or treadmills. One yoga class and she was hooked, so hooked in fact that upon graduating from high school she got certified and has been teaching ever since. But a good yogi, she says she’s not…. Over to Erin!
My name is Erin. I’m a yoga teacher, and I have a problem: I am a Bad Yogi.
Actually, I am the worst yogi. I am the carnivorous, red wine- and French cheese-loving type, and in my classes you won’t hear much Sanskrit or anything about the Sutras. I make more jokes than I make references to any self-help philosophy, and to top it all off, I don’t believe there’s anything wrong with that.
I know I’m not alone here. We’ve all choked down the occasional shot of wheat grass to prove our Good Yogi status, but it’s time we stop pretending!
You might be Bad Yogi if…
• you’ve rattled off profanities—even if just in your head—during difficult poses
• you’ve indulged in a pre- or post-class burger run
• in class you’ve thought, “Neighbour, if you’re wondering whether we’re competing, the answer is yes.”
• you’ve quietly uttered “that’s what she said” while your teacher gave instructions for something
• you’ve skipped yoga class in favour of… not going to yoga class
• you’ve misunderstood the word “sacrum”
• you can’t hold back a chuckle when someone breaks wind in class
• you favour mimosas over green juice in the morning
• you’ve attended a class just to chat up that hot girl/guy
• you’ve never cried during savasana
If you can relate to all of the statements above, you might want to get yourself checked out. But if we’re all being honest here, being a Bad Yogi isn’t so bad. Though I guess I’m partial to the trouble makers anyway.