On her journey to Handstand, which she calls the "Everest" of asana, Erin Motz (aka the Bad Yogi) has crashed and burned plenty of times. And she’s proud of every single one of them. The pose, she thinks, embodies the journey of yoga. It takes time, which comes with frustration and doubt and fear of coming up short again and again. Then one day, it just happens. And it happens not through luck but through the culmination of the work of every single time we’ve tried before and then tried again.
ABOUT OUR WRITER
Listen, I’m not your traditional yogi: I’m the carnivorous, red wine, and French cheese-loving type and I teach vinyasa flow. My aim is to keep my classes fun and accessible, both in the studio and online. You won’t hear much Sanskrit, I totally forgive you if you don’t know your asana from your elbow, and I firmly 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. —Erin Motz