#79 | Bad Yogi: Redefining Yoga Culture and Embracing True Body Positivity with Erin Motz
About This Episode
“If you can breathe, you can do yoga.”
Erin Motz believes that yoga is for everyone and that the “perfect” body is just the healthiest version of the body you already have. You won’t hear a lot of Sanskrit in her classes, she isn’t a vegan, and tends to break a lot of rules–in short, she’s a bad yogi. Erin has been teaching yoga for 12 years, has over 40,000 Instagram followers, and is the co-founder of Bad Yogi, a website, learning platform, and magazine that gives a voice to all of the real, imperfect yogis of the world.
“In order to have success, you cannot just sit there talking about your dreams. You have to get up, you have to take action.”
In this episode, Erin will share her yoga journey, her experiences in putting her unique perspective out in the world and the way she deals with criticism as well as her views on body positivity and what it means to have a “perfect” body.
“True body positivity is seeing the good and the bad. It is loving yourself, but being able to see where you want to be better.”
Erin started teaching her first yoga class at 17 and taught through college, but after graduation, she took a “real job” in the finance industry. However, it became clear that Erin was only happy when she was teaching yoga. After leaving the finance industry, Erin knew that she didn’t want to be like the other yoga teachers, didn’t want to blend in. Erin built a name for herself as the “bad yogi”, and her popularity grew as people connected to her message of accessible, real, relatable yoga instruction. For Erin, a key part of her message is body positivity–and accepting both the good and the bad parts of who we are in order to become healthier versions of ourselves. Bad Yogi, for all of its unorthodox teachings and obstacles, has become a voice for people who are “perfect”, but are just trying to improve and live happier lives.
“We need to separate from our intellect and just be in our bodies in a way that feels easy and natural.”
Join us for a refreshing conversation about breaking the mold, dealing with criticism, and loving what you do. Erin shares her experiences and resources with all of our Girlskill-ed Bad Yogis and will give us some advice on being true to your unique experiences online.
“Sometimes you leap into the abyss, and you land in a pile of shit. You won’t always win, but you have to keep at it.”
Tools & Resources Mentioned
- Slack – Slack is a cloud-based set of proprietary team collaboration tools and services, founded by Stewart Butterfield. Slack is where work flows. It’s where the people you need, the information you share, and the tools you use come together to get things done.
- Adobe Premiere – Adobe Premiere Pro is a timeline-based video editing app developed by Adobe Systems and published as part of the Adobe Creative Cloud licensing program. Make visually stunning videos virtually anywhere with Adobe Premiere Pro CC. Create professional productions for film, TV, and web.
- Canva – Canva is a graphic-design tool website, founded in 2012. It uses a drag-and-drop format and provides access to over a million photographs, graphics, and fonts. It is used by non-designers as well as professionals.
People/Blogs to Follow
- Entrepreneur Magazine – Entrepreneur is an American magazine and website that carries news stories about entrepreneurship, small business management, and business. Entrepreneur magazine is the premier source for everything small business. Advice, insight, profiles, and guides for established and aspiring entrepreneurs worldwide.
- Tim Ferris – He has written a number of self-help books on the “4-hour” theme, some of which have appeared on the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestseller lists, starting with The 4-Hour Workweek. Ferriss is also an angel investor and an advisor to Facebook, Twitter, StumbleUpon, Evernote, and Uber, among other companies.
- Sophia Amoruso – Sophia Christina Amoruso is an American businesswoman. At age 22, she started an online eBay store selling vintage clothing and other items, which she named “Nasty Gal Vintage”. Based on the success of her online store, Amoruso founded Nasty Gal, a women’s fashion retailer, which went on to be named one of “the fastest growing companies” by Inc. Magazine in 2012. She is known for her book, website, and Netflix series named #GirlBoss.
- Jordan Younger (The Balanced Blonde) – Jordan Younger is the blogger behind the #realness-based wellness and lifestyle blog, The Balanced Blonde. Even though her life is deeply rooted in the Internet, she strives to spend a lot of time OFF screen teaching yoga, connecting with her readers and listeners at her in-person events, and soaking in time with the ones she loves most.
- Radical Candor by Kim Scott – Radical Candor is a simple idea: to be a good boss, you have to Care Personally at the same time that you Challenge Directly. When you challenge without caring it’s obnoxious aggression; when you care without challenging it’s ruinous empathy. When you do neither it’s manipulative insincerity. This simple framework can help you build better relationships at work, and fulfill your three key responsibilities as a leader: creating a culture of feedback (praise and criticism), building a cohesive team, and achieving results you’re all proud of.
- Ten Percent Happier by Dan Harris – After having a nationally televised panic attack, Dan Harris knew he had to make some changes. A lifelong nonbeliever, he found himself on a bizarre adventure involving a disgraced pastor, a mysterious self-help guru, and a gaggle of brain scientists. Eventually, Harris realized that the source of his problems was the very thing he always thought was his greatest asset: the incessant, insatiable voice in his head, which had propelled him through the ranks of a hyper-competitive business but had also led him to make the profoundly stupid decisions that provoked his on-air freak-out.
- Quiet by Susan Cain – In Quiet, Susan Cain argues that we dramatically undervalue introverts and shows how much we lose in doing so. She charts the rise of the Extrovert Ideal throughout the twentieth century and explores how deeply it has come to permeate our culture. She also introduces us to successful introverts—from a witty, high-octane public speaker who recharges in solitude after his talks, to a record-breaking salesman who quietly taps into the power of questions. Passionately argued, superbly researched, and filled with indelible stories of real people, Quiet has the power to permanently change how we see introverts and, equally important, how they see themselves.
- Tribe of Mentors by Tim Ferris – Tim Ferriss, the #1 New York Times best-selling author of The 4-Hour Workweek, shares the ultimate choose-your-own-adventure book—a compilation of tools, tactics, and habits from 130+ of the world’s top performers. From iconic entrepreneurs to elite athletes, from artists to billionaire investors, their short profiles can help you answer life’s most challenging questions, achieve extraordinary results, and transform your life.
- The Upside of Stress by Kelly McGonigal – More than forty-four percent of Americans admit to losing sleep over stress. And while most of us do everything we can to reduce it, Stanford psychologist and bestselling author Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D., delivers a startling message: Stress isn’t bad. In The Upside of Stress, McGonigal highlights new research indicating that stress can, in fact, make us stronger, smarter, and happier—if we learn how to embrace it.
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