Erin Motz: Co-Founder, Bad Yogi

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I’m the co-Founder of Bad Yogi & voice of real yogis everywhere. I’m also the creator of the Perfect Body Yoga Program which is centered around the belief that the “perfect” body is simply the healthiest version of the body you already have. In my spare time I’m a wine drinker, cheese eater, and not-your-average yoga teacher; I’ve been teaching yoga for over 12 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. I may be a Bad Yogi, but if I’m being totally honest, teaching yoga has been one of my greatest pleasures; I practice to feed my teaching, but I teach to feed my life.

What do I do best?

This question took an embarrassing amount of time to find an answer to. I don’t know about “better than anyone else,” but one thing I do well is communicating with a good balance of logic and emotion and in a way that connects with people. And this serves me well in business and in my personal life.

What makes me the best version of myself?

Self-reflection, reading/studying and constant pursuit of growth.

What are my aspirations?

My personal aspirations are pretty simple, I think. I aspire to be a great partner to my husband, a good friend, and a great mother (someday!). I want the book I’m currently writing to be a success. I aspire to be taken seriously as a writer, which is scary to even say out loud. In business, I aspire to grow Bad Yogi into a yoga brand that stands on its own even without me. I want to build things that mean something to people and have lasting influence.

My Biggest Success?

I can think of a few things… the fact that I’m writing a book. Even though I’m not finished, just having 25,000 words down so far is something I’m really proud of. My relationship with my husband. My flagship program, The Perfect Body Yoga Program. Having moved to France. I generally consider anything I do well and pushes me outside my comfort zone to be a success.

My Most Challenging Moment?

I guess this was a decision to change my mindset. It happened when navigating a business partnership that went south. It was difficult and scary and made even more-so because it was happening when simultaneously dealing with unrelated (and expensive) legal issues with Bad yogi. This is all behind us now, but it forced me to make the decision to change my approach to some people and situations. I was always very concerned with making sure people saw me as “nice” rather than seeing me as effective. I didn’t want to come off bitchy or rude but that usually landed me in a position of getting taken advantage of. So I had to really decide to consider myself and my business first, and if people think that makes me not “nice” then that’s their problem. Just making the decision to stop prioritizing other people’s opinion was difficult to truly commit to but has transformed how I interact with people for the better.

My Motto?

Hmm, I don’t know that this counts, but here’s the first thing that comes to mind. I’m very sensitive to criticism and when people judge or think badly of me. It’s held me back in the past from doing things that would have been really good. So I have the entire “Man in the Arena” quote hanging on the wall above my desk, and that’s one I come back to any time self-doubt creeps in. It opens with “It’s not the critic who counts…” I should tattoo those words on my forehead!

My Favorite People/Role Models?

Well, my husband/business partner is probably the wisest, greatest human I know, but don’t tell him that, okay? Let’s move onto people I don’t know in real life ;)

There’s so many, but here’s two! It’s cliché, but I have immense admiration for Oprah Winfrey. I spent a lot of time home alone as a kid and my after school routine was religious. I’d get off the school bus and go straight to our kitchen to get the box of Cheez-It crackers, pour myself a glass of Pepsi, and sit in front of the TV at 4PM to watch Oprah’s show. I was in awe of her intelligence, wisdom, and the fact that she was a total f*****g boss.

I also love Ellen DeGeneres. I hold comedians in high regard anyway because I think it takes such bravery and vulnerability to try to be funny in front of people, but what I love about Ellen is that she’s never funny at the expense of others. She’s hilarious but in a really kind, clean way. I admire people who have humor, heart, and intellect.

My Favorite Places/Destinations?

Pretty much anywhere mountainous and/or in a cold climate. When I close my eyes and look for a happy place I can mentally transport to, I go to Estes Park in Colorado, Berlin, London, the Austrian Alps, or the mountains in the south of France. I love each for a slightly different reason, but the love runs deep with all of them.

My Favorite Products/Objects?

Bullet Journaling (Life. Changing. Especially if you need structure and organization in a simple & sustainable way), my Kindle, Apple watch, chocolate raspberry macarons from LAC Patisserie in Nice, and coffee gelato. Food, organization, and easy-to-use tech. That sums it up!

My Current Passions?

Strength training. Between going to the gym & designing my yoga Program, The Perfect Body Yoga Program), each pulled me out of a funky depression this past year. Making my Podcast, Bad Yogi (available on iTunes and Anchor). Writing my book. Hiking in the mountains.

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