Friday, September 9, 2016

If You Can Breathe You Can Do Yoga: An Interview with Erin of Bad Yogi

August seemed to pass in the blink of an eye and now we're into the first week of September.

You can almost feel fall approaching. The slow changing of the trees, the cooling of the days, the opening of local fall attractions like apple orchards and pumpkin patches...

Don't forget pumpkin spice EVERYTHING!

For those who didn't know September is also National Yoga Month. Designated by the Department of Health and Human Services in 2008, National Yoga Month is a nationwide observance to help educate people on the health benefits of yoga and to inspire people to live a happy and healthier lifestyle.

Did you know that during the month of September 1600+ select yoga studios are offering a FREE week of yoga* and there are 1,000+ yoga month events happening nationwide?

This reminds me that I really need to get back into my practice; not having a space to do it as well as continual up and down health issues have made things very difficult but I really do miss it.

In celebration of National Yoga Month I will be showcasing a few yogis and how yoga has changed and enhanced their lives. The first being Erin Motz of Bad Yogi whom I've been following her online presence for years!

What first got you into yoga? How long have you been practicing? 

I first came to yoga when I was a teenager and eating way too much Taco Bell! I joined a gym and started with the treadmill which I hated, then graduated to Zumba and some other classes which weren't quite right for me, and finally I decided to try this Yoga thing which ended up being my favorite activity in the world. I couldn't get enough and ended up at every class that was offered. I've been practicing for over 11 years now. 

I absolutely love the Dolphin pose. What are a few of your favorite poses/asanas? 

A low kneeling lunge, any supine twist, pigeon and headstand are always my favorite, go-to poses.

I've been following you for quite awhile and I have to ask: what inspired you to name your business 'Bad Yogi'?

I felt like I never fit in with the "typical" yoga stereotype and figured there had to be people who felt the same way. I felt like a Bad Yogi and that's how Bad Yogi was born. Pretty short story, I guess! ;)

What would be one piece of advice you'd give to people who don't feel they can start a practice because of one thing or another (I.E. not flexible, too impatient, ADD, etc)? 

Everyone starts out feeling like there's a list of things they CAN'T do and that's normal. The only requirement yoga has is that you have a body that breathes. If you can breathe, you can do yoga. The poses are there to serve you, not the other way around. So try not to get caught up in expectations you have of yourself and enjoy the process of learning and improving. 

From looking at your pictures it seems like you're quite the traveler as well as a yogi. Where are some places you've been and which was your favorite so far? 

I absolutely LOVE the countryside in Switzerland and Austria. It's so clean, peaceful, and gorgeous and pretty much my dream place to get away and relax. I also love where I live which is in Nice in the south of France. Gorgeous scenery, great food, beautiful weather, and we have the mountains and the sea. Perfect balance! :)

Limited Edition 'One Bad Yogi' Tank in Merlot

What can people expect from you within the next year? Any special projects underway or in the works?

We've got some pretty big plans to continue expanding The Perfect Body Yoga Program and add onto that which is really exciting. It's been a huge year for that and it'll continue to be a focus for us in the next several months. There will also be some other cool secrets in store for the free Bad Yogi Club, but I can't talk about those quite yet ;)

Co-Founder of Bad Yogi & voice of real yogis everywhere. In my spare time I'm also a wine drinker, cheese eater, and not your average yoga teacher; I've been teaching yoga for over 10 years, but you won't hear much Sanskrit, I totally forgive you if you don't know your asana from your elbow, and I believe that yoga is for everyone, from the kale loving vegan to the prize winning deer hunter.

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Interested in receiving free yoga classes from Erin every Monday via your inbox plus Q&A and more? Join the Bad Yogi Club!

*Free week of yoga is good for new students only and is good from September 1st through October 30th. Make sure to sign up and print off your card before September 30th! You can view the regulations HERE.


Terra Heck said...

I've tried yoga informally a couple of times, when I was in roller derby. I enjoyed doing the poses and I felt good afterwards. Would like to do it more regularly.

brokenteepee said...

I have never tried yoga. Given that I fall over just walking I am not sure that I have the balance for it.

Gwendolyn M. said...

I did yoga once and I liked it but I feel self conscious in front of others. Maybe if I could find a smaller class it wouldn't be so bad.

Ellen said...

I have been doing yoga for 3 or 4 years now I think. Although, I admit that I am much more comfortable in the child pose than I am with planking.

Shelley Zurek -- Still Blonde after all these YEARS said...

I have taken Yoga on and off for years. I really like it and want to pick it up again soon. Your 11 years of dedication inspire me.