I first stumbled upon Erin Motz, aka The Bad Yogi, a couple of years ago when I first started taking an interest in yoga. Living in Liverpool at the time, I was looking for yoga classes but the gym class was always full and independent classes were really expensive. After researching online, I came across the 30 day yoga challenge by Erin on YouTube and have never looked back! Since then, I’ve taken a keen interest in yoga, loving how it makes my body feel and how it changes the way I think about life.
What’s great about Erin is that she is one of a kind. Hating the stigma attached to yoga and the judgemental, exclusive nature of the yoga community, Erin along with her partner Adrien founded Bad Yogi. They aim to remove the snobbery, pretence and endless “prerequisites” to fit into the community and are showing that yoga truly is for everyone, no matter what your age or size.
Erin kicked off the New Year by bringing us the I Am Challenge. For 10 days, Erin takes you through a variety of mantras, focusing on physical, mental and emotional health. I’ve just completed the challenge and it’s been such a great journey. My body already feels stronger and more flexible but within myself I feel calm, collective and at peace. It’s a great way to start the New Year and feel like that you can really accomplish anything!
I was keen to talk to Erin about the challenge and why she became a yoga teacher. She very kindly took the time to talk to me and share her thoughts!
How did you come up with the idea of the I Am Challenge?
We wanted this challenge to empower everyone who did it. It’s easy to get stuck in a rut with our practice and get used to doing the same thing, so we wanted to apply some really powerful mantras to give people a new perspective on their practice.
What do you hope people will gain from participating in this challenge?
A stronger sense of self-worth and self-confidence because of all they’ve seen they’re capable of.
Do you have a personal favourite mantra?
One I always come back to is, “I’m sensitive to inspiration and I listen when it speaks.”
What made you become a yoga teacher?
Force, haha! Sort of! I’d been taking classes at my local gym when the teacher had to leave her position. She thought I’d be a great teacher and told me I should get certified and take over her class. Despite my paralyzing fear of speaking in front of people, I did it! I was terrified and awful for a long time before finding my voice, but I’m so glad I stuck with it.
What motivates you to create these challenges for people across the world to join in with?
I think it’s a phenomenal way for people to connect with a different part of themselves and other people around the world. There’s something really awesome about doing these challenges “with other people” even if you never meet. It makes me really happy to see people gain a stronger body and a clearer mind.
What’s your favourite part about your job / Bad Yogi life?
The community! We have an incredibly vibrant, active community that never ceases to inspire me. I feel so blessed that I get to connect with you all every day. You guys make my good days better and my bad days awesome. Bad Yogis THEMSELVES are my favourite part, hands down.
Why not start the I Am Challenge today? Click here for Day One and get ready to take a journey.