I mean, come on, who wouldn’t like a title with the word goddess in it? Sometimes after being at my studio every day for five days straight, the last thing I want to do is take my mat out. The recycling bin at my condo complex is ​three​ buildings away. (This article for instance…that’s for those of you who have not gotten the joke yet!

The misconceptions of how we spend our time when not teaching. I got the whole ahimsa, non-violence thing going on. As long as I have coffee, half and half, and cat food (for my cat, not me, FYI) in good supply, I can survive days without going out. We Yoga Gs don’t to own mala beads to practice mindful deeds. A few of my yogi friends and I like to joke that we do yoga so we don’t kill people.

Usually things that really aren’t relevant to whether we are a good yoga teacher or “real yogi.” And maybe SSYGB is less about what we do and more about what we might not do. And while obviously the reality is not that extreme, I do know without yoga I would be a lot worse off.

And while as YGs we should always aspire to live our yoga, we are not only yoga. Of course, I can’t speak for all the YGs out there, but here is a small glimpse into my SSYGB, my world out of the studio: Nor are juice cleanses and endless cups of green tea. I prefer my coffee in the morning and my wine at night. As a SYG, I have been known to hang out at a bar every now and again. And this is what else I know: I know that when I would rather run away screaming from an extremely difficult situation, yoga has helped me stay and see it through.

I walk the walk, not just talk the talk, occasionally stumbling along the way. All of the above can be “practiced” single, attached or otherwise engaged. ​(Okay, ​people, get your minds out of the gutter, you yoga peeps know what I’m talkin’ about.) Maybe this is where I should give another shout out to all you Fire Marshals… I will tell you what does: Do I succeed all the time? But without yoga, I would most likely fail more often than not.

I am not talking about someone who preaches but doesn’t practice. But, I am single, so here goes…believe it or not, the last thing I want to do is date a yoga dude. And I don’t think this makes me less of a yoga teacher either. Perhaps I don’t fit into the “typical” stereotype with some things, but I won’t pretend to be something I am not—secretly or not so secretly. (And there’s another one of those damn yamas popping up again.) So you see, it’s not about kombucha, kale or selfie flare.

I am actually talking about those who try to practice each and every yama and niyama (yoga’s ethical principles) every single day of the year. I don’t know what it is, but most of the ones I have met were just way too intense for me—and I refer back to the need to “lighten up” and the “yoga crap” mentioned above. Just to clarify, before you yoga dudes get your yoga shorts all in a bunch.) Too much of a good thing perhaps? It’s about the yamas, the niyamas and perhaps knowing a quote or two from the Dalai Lama.

But there are always those stereotypical ideas about us. My freezer contains exactly three items: vodka, ice cream and ice. I like my pizza and french fries—in moderation, of course. Can you like and do those three things and​ practice the yamas and niyamas? (And if you haven’t picked up on that yet, I recommend going back to the part about lightening up and getting the joke).

I believe Charlotte mentioned something about liking to examine her skin in a magnifying mirror for hours.

Leave it to Charlotte to find the absolutely most boring example. And, before everyone gets their yoga pants all in a bunch let me explain.

Yoga Goddess (or YG): (noun) Any woman from Western civilization who teaches yoga for a living.

I read that definition in an article written by a wise woman a few years back, and it stuck. ) I look at it more as brahmacharya—energy conservation—why make five trips when I can do it in just one? The boxes fit quite neatly and are out of sight in the oven, so there’s your saucha—cleanliness. Alright, well, maybe the later is a bit of an exaggeration…yoga does come up in my conversations probably a bit more than the normal non-yoga goddess person. Yes, I am a firm believer that it is good to laugh at yoga.