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BA of the Week: Yoga Teacher Erin Mariani

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Every week we feature a different person from the community shedding a little light on their life of brokeitude. Who knows, maybe you’ll learn something about the human spirit — probably not.

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Our Broke-Ass of the Week this time around is Erin Mariani. She’s a yoga teacher that basically teaches pop-up classes anywhere and everywhere through her site Yoga Connector. Currently she does a weekly donation based lunch class on Thursdays at Yerba Buena Park (info here) and does other ones in art galleries. Cool Stuff! You can follow Yoga Connector on Facebook and see Erin’s answers to our questions below:

Name: Erin Mariani

Age: Dare I say it… (thiiiirrrty)

Occupation: Part time Yoga teacher ( in offices, parks, art galleries–looking for more cool locations to share Yoga, part time job applier, part time dreamer.

What neighborhood do you live in?: The Mission.

Best money saving tip: Stay inside once in a while.

What do you refuse to spend money on?: Expensive clothes.

Most expensive thing you’ve ever bought: A car. And then sold it after living in SF for 2 years.

How’d that feel?: Scary.

Favorite cheap eat: Arizemendi Pizza…$2.50/slice…YUMMMMMM.

Favorite dive bar: I’m a Homestead fan, not totally divey.

Favorite free thing to do: Instagram pics of the Golden Gate Bridge.

If you woke up a millionaire, what’s the first thing you’d buy?: A small island.

Despite not having money, do you still love your life?: Oh hell yes.

Do you own my book?: Can you give me a free copy? No and yes.

Best hangover cure: A smoothie and bacon.

Are you a hipster?: I’m not entirely sure, but my sources say no.


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Stuart Schuffman, aka Broke-Ass Stuart, is a travel writer, poet, TV host, activist, and general shit-stirrer. His website is one of the most influential arts & culture sites in the San Francisco Bay Area and his freelance writing has been featured in Lonely Planet, Conde Nast Traveler, The Bold Italic, and too many other outlets to remember. His weekly column, Broke-Ass City, appears every other Thursday in the San Francisco Examiner. Stuart’s writing has been translated into four languages. In 2011 Stuart created and hosted the travel show Young, Broke, and Beautiful on IFC and in 2015 he ran for Mayor of San Francisco and got nearly 20k votes.

He's been called "an Underground legend": SF Chronicle, "an SF cult hero":SF Bay Guardian, and "the chief of cheap": Time Out New York.