Forgiving Yourself For Your Past

A few years ago, my life was all about my previous small biz endeavor. I was trying to channel my passion of helping and inspiring others to lead a healthy life. It looked promising to me, and I thought I would pursue this endeavor forever. I really thought that I was helping people live their best life. But, when you're really that dogmatic about something, you end up polarizing people.⠀

People have blocked me, unfriended me, called me names, former clients have just disappeared into the wind and now I have gotten screenshots of myself that are in some documentary intended to slam that business network. ⠀


I don't ever regret my choices in life. Everything that happens truly is a stepping stone of personal growth. Without those choices a few years ago, and the choices even before that, the clarity and self-awareness wouldn't have become this strong. The passion for practicing, studying and teaching yoga wouldn't have come about. ⠀

The difference now is that I understand that there is no single form of Yoga. My yoga isn't better than your yoga. Your guru isn't better than your neighbor's guru. Practicing just Ashtanga or just Iyengar doesn't make you an expert over someone that practices Power Vinyasa Yoga. And achieving handstands doesn't establish you as a better Yoga teacher than someone who keeps it to Crow Pose. 

Now, there's just the inquisitive nature and the connection to the self. Questions to encourage you to think about whether or not doing a pose is helping or hurting your body. Wondering if a specific type of meditation is the end-all be-all for your peace. Bridging the gap between respected tradition and what feels right to keep the body moving the way it was designed, discovering one's best through the various aspects of yoga, one breath at a time. 

Much love to those that have stuck around and vibed with these messages over the years 💜

A Traveling Yogi in Turkey: A Beautiful Country with Many Surprises

Hey, Rogue Yogis. It's been awhile since my last blog post. With what we initially experienced as negative, gritty, and somber...2 months later we are still in Turkey. And loving it. It's as if the scammers and bad taxi drivers never tried to phase us. 

We're currently in Antalya with intense humidity and lengthy down-time in our air conditioned hotel room. This downtime is good for writing a post. 

What do you guys know about Turkey? Did you learn much about it in history class? Is there a single fact you can recall about this very large country? 

I couldn't give you an answer before. Maybe it's the way the US school system was designed. Why else would it be that the locals of nearly every country we've been to...seem to know more about the US than vice versa?

Do you know that the founder of Chobani "Greek" Yogurt is actually a Kurdish-American from Turkey? But, Kurds aren't really recognized independently, so they're just called Turkish. But, Turkish yogurt isn't known like Greek yogurt. So, Chobani is "Greek" yogurt. Yehh.

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Although Turkey is such a huge country, the yoga scene is primarily in Istanbul and Ankara. There's even famous IG teachers scheduled to lead workshops at one of the studios I took classes at. (Where I found many students slouching hard AF on the mat...it's becoming strange to me how people don't apply the postures to the remaining hours of their day. It's a lot of lower back and neck injuries waiting to happen)

It's crazy how acrobatic yoga in the US made its way across the globe. A lot of what yoga has become...has become pervasive around the world. 

With the spotty wifi at our stays, I've managed to broadcast my first Science Yoga Sunday to help educate you guys on how to enjoy your yoga in the midst of the pervasive BS. (Think of it as a live and visual podcast, because it's kind of hard to imagine what Triangle Pose modifications look like if you're a visual person). Join the next one here   

It seems like the more I remove myself from (North) American yoga, the more I learn about how much of it is dangerous and non-sensical. The more I dive deep into studying human anatomy and how fucked up it gets from sitting at a desk all day (or staring down at a phone), the more I shift my own yoga practice to counter all of that. This makes me question the traditional ways of Indian yoga just as much. The number of yoga "gurus" abusing their power, and the number of students being injured from the most commonly taught poses is ridiculous. It's no wonder that some traveling yogis quit teaching yoga after seeing the things I've seen. 

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But, I still love yoga. I love how it can be practiced anywhere. On a huge sea salt lake named Tüz Gölü. With old ladies dipping their legs in the small pockets of water for deep exfoliation and ease. By a fresh-running river with small cute huts where you can enjoy a nice, hot serving of çay ("chai" or tea in Turkish). In the midst of a mass ascension of hot-air balloons in an alien-like region. Or next to a restaurant vendor shouting for us to eat some çig köfte (spiced bulgur wheat and veggie wraps) at his table when we've already eaten. 

Even when nearly every Turkish local has eagerly greeted us in Chinese when we've shared that we are from the US, we can breathe and not react.

I guess this is how we managed to stay in Turkey despite having a rough start. We let go of the idea that everything is black and white. We let in the gray, the colors, and the fact that life is a very complex thing. 

If we didn't, we wouldn't have met so many amazing and friendly people. Including a generous family in the middle of a random valley inviting us for some tea, cheese and olives by the waterfall. (With a generous grandma lecturing the Mongorrian in Turkish about driving safely, and me needing to eat more because I'm too skinny). 

People with so much local knowledge to share. The constant string of surprising beauty and wonder of Turkey made this stay so worth it. 

But, soon we will have to make our way into Greece. My sold out Santorini retreat is next month, and we get to start all over with the language learning, the culture immersion, the eagerness to share our life and yoga lessons with my students. 

It's Here: The Rogue Yogi Website Redesign

It's Here: The Rogue Yogi Website Redesign

It's official: The New Rogue Yogi Website is up! We've put the finishing touches, wrapped up the loose ends, and everything in between. This is your ultimate spot for online yoga courses, yoga teacher mastermind retreats, student wellness retreats, underground yoga music playlists, and real talk. Read on to learn what changed and what new resources we've put in place for your maximum benefit!