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Today’s guest is a new kind of badass, she’s a BAD YOGI, with a nice ass probably because she does lots of yoga. Erin Motz of Bad Yogi just reeks authenticity the same way that your sweaty yoga pants, well, just reek. The thing is, Erin’s loud and proud about not being a traditional yogi — and she works long and hard to create a community where non-Sanskrit speaking, wine-loving, raggedy yoga-pants wearing yogis can UNITE! To date, with her brand, Bad Yogi, Erin has helped over 100,000 down-doggers proudly celebrate the fact that they’re bad yogis and she is essentially, redefining yoga culture. Kinda like how AirBnb redefined travel lodging. Except those are two completely different things so nevermind.
Sparknotes from the episode
Erin’s been practicing yoga for 11 years!! And right from the beginning, Erin realized she wasn’t a “typical green juice drinking, Prius driving yogi.” BUT, she just sort of faked it till she made it, except she never made it. Instead, she decided to OWN her non-cow-worshipping yet yoga-loving self and be a self-proclaimed “BAD YOGI!”
What’s a “bad yogi?” Here are my favorite pillars of the BAD YOGI CREED:
BAD YOGIS DON’T DO YOGA TO BE PART OF THE COOL CROWD.
BAD YOGIS DON’T NEED TO BE ABLE TO DO DIFFICULT POSES PERFECTLY (OR HAVE THEIR OWN HASHTAG).
BAD YOGIS UNDERSTAND THAT YOGA IS ABOUT FEELING GOOD NOT JUST LOOKING GOOD.
“Drop the idea that you need to do something to look really advanced and focus on what the pose feels like.”
BAD YOGIS ARE REAL PEOPLE, NOT IMPOSSIBLY FIT, FLEXIBLE AND FLASHY REPRESENTATIVE OF STEREOTYPES.
“When you practice anything for any period of time, progress is inevitable.”
“You have to work through your physical anxieties first before you can relax.”
I did not know this →
“The end goal in yoga is always the meditation.”
BAD YOGIS DEFINE THEIR OWN PRACTICE
“I think all you need to have a yogi practice is to claim it. Call it what it is.”
“I think 10 minutes every day or every other day is better than 90 minutes once a week, to be honest.”
“You can 100% reap benefits* from a 10 minute practice.”
- Greater flexibility
- Greater strength
- Mental clarity
- Less stress
The Bad Yogi Club is FREE! With new 10-12 minute classes coming into your inbox every week! COOL!! Sign up here if you want.
“Everyone can do yoga, but not everyone’s #1 favorite thing in the world has to be yoga.”
It’s OK to force yourself to do yoga till you love it. You can’t always wait till you feel like doing something good for you, it’s perfectly fine to force yourself to go to classes.
Regarding an at home yoga practice vs. a studio practice: Erin says the effectiveness of that depends on who you are.
Erin’s favorite plant to eat: SAGE! She loves it in soups and baked into breads.
Her most-used piece of kitchen equipment: her stove? And coffee maker 🙂
A book that’s really inspired her: Eat Pray Love! By Elizabeth Gilbert