The Untold Bad Yogi Story + New Challenge!

The Untold Bad Yogi Story + New Challenge!

I’ve been teaching yoga for a while… started when I was 17 and it was always the gig I had on the side. When I graduated college I had no clue what to do with my life. I was just meandering through life hoping something nice, like a lottery win or a cushy job with a six-figure salary, would fall in to my lap! (Which: no.) So after one of my weekly yoga classes, I’d mentioned needing to find a “real job” and one of my yogis happened to work at an investment firm. She REALLY REALLY REALLY wanted me to come by for an interview, and I reluctantly agreed. Partially because my mom would be super annoyed if I didn’t, and partly because I figured I had nothing to lose since I’d never get hired based on the fact that I knew nothing about investing and had no interest in working there 😉 Turns out, I got the job! I remember thinking, “Wow, cool! Wait, oh shit…” haha. But hey, it paid me well, I had fantastic benefits, and I learned more about financial markets and the world economy than I ever did in school… and that knowledge still serves me extremely well to this day. Yet somehow, I still hated it. I LOATHED going to work in the morning and Sunday evenings were usually spent in tears as I racked my brain for ANY other alternative. It was a serious struggle to wake up and know that I was about to spend nine to ten hours of my day doing work I didn’t care about while generally...
2015 #badyogisdoit Instagram Challenge!

2015 #badyogisdoit Instagram Challenge!

Yes! It starts 1/1/2015 and you’re invited! Every day will be a different theme which will be announced on Instagram and Facebook, but will remain a surprise for now 😉 I’ll pick random winners at the end of the challenge to receive TWO of my brand new Bad Yogi Full Hour Flows. You’ll get one for Hips + Hamstrings and one Full Body Challenge that gives you a little of everything, plus some arm balancing and inversions too! I’ll also be featuring some of my favorite posts of yours on the blog throughout the week (along with my own FAILS that don’t make the final cut but obviously need to be shared, haha), so be sure to check in and see if you’re one of them. Are you ready? Sorry:- Instagram feed not...
Bad Yogi Wedding Plans: Part One

Bad Yogi Wedding Plans: Part One

I really really SWORE I wouldn’t talk much about wedding planning because I REALLY thought nobody cared. Like, honestly– I”m a yoga teacher, not a HGTV show host! Turns out, I get about a billion questions a day about what we’re doing, haha! Super surprised by this but also super excited because I’ll be honest with you: I’m REALLY excited… we both are, actually. So I love talking about it and doing cheesy things like buying ALL THE MAGAZINES and planning every little detail. Yet I’m not one of those girls who’s planned this day since she was 5-years-old, so all of this is really new to me. Whole new world! As cool/fun/sometimes overwhelming as it is, we’re not stressing about anything though. The marriage is the important part; this is basically just a fancy party 😉 Answers to your most popular questions: 1) We aren’t getting married until 2016 and not until the weather is cool, AKA NOT in Summer. Also, NOT on a beach because after living in Florida my whole life, I can tell you that sand is not sexy. And it will get every where. Every. Where. It will end up in your eye, up your nose, in your sandwich, and in your underwear (HOW?! I don’t know but it is the LAW of sand.). 2) I haven’t decided if I’m going to change my name… legally, I probably will, but I love being a MOTZ! So I’ll always be Motz in my real, non-legal-documentation life 😉 3) We’re going to have a pretty small wedding, partially by choice and partially by default because it’ll...
2014 Bad Yogi Christmas Gift Guide

2014 Bad Yogi Christmas Gift Guide

It’s the most wonderful tiiiiiime of the year… Are you tired of Christmas music yet? I’m totally not, haha. I just love the holiday season, no matter how cheesy it gets. I look forward to the day where we live somewhere with actual seasons and a white Christmas wouldn’t be totally out of the question! I’ve been driving myself crazy with trying to find the perfect gift for family members and BFFs and I wanted to make my own gift list public so that you can spare yourself some stress of navigating the mall and get it all done from the comfort of your living room instead 😉 Quick disclaimer: You guys know that I never endorse products because I always think it’s disingenuous and fake, but I’ll be honest with you: whatever is on this list that isn’t my own is totally vetted by me. If it’s on here, I love it and use it myself and haven’t been paid to peddle someone’s stuff. For your yogi friend (because I’m partial to the yogis ;)): I cannot say enough amazing things about the owner of Holla For My Mala! Her name is Krysten and not only is she the most loving, sincere person I’ve ever come across on the internet, but she’s seriously talented at what she does, too. Her malas come in the most beautiful packaging you could imagine and she customizes everything down to the finest details. Be prepared to answer a million questions about yourself because she truly makes everything JUST for you. Bad Yogi Sweatshirt: They’re going fast and I JUST got a brand new...
UpBeat Fall Yoga Playlist

UpBeat Fall Yoga Playlist

This one is definitely my favorite so far. It kind of makes me want to dance in addition to doing yoga, so that’s always awesome 😉 Enjoy this with your yoga practice while you’re getting ready for the holiday craze and let me know what you think! What songs are on your yoga playlists these...
Bad Yogi Tries: Carrabba’s Tasting Tuesdays!

Bad Yogi Tries: Carrabba’s Tasting Tuesdays!

I got invited to Carrabba’s headquarters last week to try out their new wine + food pairing called Tasting Tuesdays. I was a little hesitant initially because honestly, Carrabba’s doesn’t exactly scream “inspired” to me, you know? Granted, it had been years since I’d been there but that didn’t stop me from passing judgment, haha. I’m just being honest with you guys! Luckily, I was totally proven wrong! Like that kind of “proven wrong” where you actually feel embarrassed for making assumptions. Turns out, it was really fun! I met with the director of beverages, Ken Lennox, who picks the wines that get included in the experience. Before I go on, let me just tell you: this guy really knows his sh*t. I’ve done my fair share of wine tastings and I always feel a little out of place. The way he explained everything was so simple and accessible, it made it really easy to understand and I felt like I actually learned something instead of just watching an “expert” drone on for an hour. Sure, we talked about how to taste wines “properly” and what to look for, but he really emphasized how they encourage people to taste their wine selections, which I loved. It’s not a right vs. wrong approach, it’s simply a way to see what you like. He made it clear that everyone’s individual experience will be different, and we should step away from the thought that experiencing wine has to be a super exclusive, fancy-pants thing. What tastes fruity to one person might taste more like vanilla to someone else. What I think pairs...
Day In The Bad Yogi Life: Travel Edition + Wanderlust Pics

Day In The Bad Yogi Life: Travel Edition + Wanderlust Pics

Back in the day when I had an office job, I would stare longingly at my Facebook, stalking my favorite bloggers, dreaming of having the life of a full-time traveller. I thought it’d be the best thing ever and sooo effortless and glamorous. Turns out, I was right about it being the best thing ever, but totally wrong about the effortless/glamorous part, and I don’t even travel full-time! <– blogger/yogi fail! I had to find a way to keep myself occupied on a ridiculously early flight to Austin, so I went ahead and documented it for you because I know how fascinating a play-by-play of someone’s grumpiness is… 😉 #not 3:50am: alarm goes off because we have a 5:20am plane to catch. If I were to be dramatic here, I could burst in to big, baby-like grumpy tears and then collapse in a heap of exhaustion and attitude right now. But like I said, that’s if I were being dramatic… 4:30am: arrive at airport just in time for them to tell us we have to pay $25 to check a single bag. LOVE WHEN THAT HAPPENS YESSSSS– said no one ever. I thought security would be deserted, but turns out, everyone loves to fly this early! W-T-F. 5:45am: flight attendant gives me thimble-sized bag of pretzel dust and looks insulted when I ask if it’s empty. She moves on to the next row and I’m over here like THAT’S RIGHT WALK AWAY. 5:48am: open-mouth cougher to my left has started making a cacophony of sickly sounds. I give him the side eye then wrap my entire face (from nose to neck)...
10-Minute Yoga Sequence for Easing Cramps

10-Minute Yoga Sequence for Easing Cramps

I get this question at least once a day: “what poses are good to do when your cramps are so bad, you hardly want to get up, let alone do a full yoga class?!” Luckily, Yoga has a few tricks up its sleeve and I’ll share a 10-minute sequence of poses that’ll bring you some relief. The best news is, they actually work! 1) Child’s Pose – 1 minute 2) Kneeling Lunge with Twist (Right/Left) – 1 minute each side 3) Extended Side Angle (R/L) – 1 minute each side 4) Seated Forward Fold – 1 minute 5) Low Bridge – 30 seconds 6) Supine Twist (R/L) – 1 minute each side 7) Happy Baby – 1 minute 8) Reclined Bound Angle – 1 minute In addition to this sequence, there are a few other things that will help, too: 1) Stay away from lots of dairy. I find that if I’m getting a lot of cheese or milk in my diet, I tend to feel worse around that time. 2) Stay hydrated! Don’t be shy with your water intake. I know that when your’e bloated, drinking water feels like the opposite thing to do, but trust me– it’ll keep your body happy. 3) Drink Raspberry Leaf Tea. I bought a box of this stuff a couple months ago and it’s seriously a miracle worker. Whenever I start feeling cramps coming on, I drink a cup of this stuff and like magic, they subside. 4) Don’t skip your yoga! Even a few minutes will be better than nothing. You’ll feel the difference if you can bring yourself to your mat. Also feel free to...
Happy Halloween: Bad Yogi Style

Happy Halloween: Bad Yogi Style

Hi guys! Ok, I have so much to tell you! Halloween Cat Cow Breakdown! Last year I kicked off this tradition of getting dressed up for Halloween and doing a pose tutorial, so this time is no different. We’re breaking down cat/cow so that you can do it right— and quietly laugh to yourself at how many little mistakes I made because being dressed up makes me do weird things, haha 😉 What are you up to this Halloween? I kept seeing people on my Facebook with their awesome pumpkin carvings and the Frenchman and I just had to join the fun. Check out this time lapse and tell me who did it better! Actually, he probably did so scratch the “tell me who did it better” part. Do you have any plans for Halloween? It falls on a Friday this year, so I’m sure there are plenty of costume parties happening 😉 Granted, I’m not attending any but you should definitely tell me about the ones you have going on so I can live vicariously through you, haha! Did you care a pumpkin?! Do...
Bad Yogi Engagement Part II

Bad Yogi Engagement Part II

If you haven’t already, make sure you read Part I right here! Now, the moment we’ve all been waiting for… *** As soon as we get there, we start taking yoga pictures and he takes a few before stopping me and says, “We should get a picture of the two of us but I’m afraid someone’s gonna run off with my camera, haha.” This was great because literally 6 feet away from us was a legit photographer taking pictures of random stuff with a camera even nicer than ours and I was like, “You should ask that guy– he looks like he knows what he’s doing!” So he gives “that guy” (his name was Vlad but of course, I didn’t know that yet) his camera and he was super nice about it, taking a bunch of pictures of us just standing there together. We eventually thank him and walk away a little bit, snap a few more yoga pictures until Adrien says he wants to take a selfie with his big-ass camera! It’s the DSLR that we film with and it’s quite heavy and cumbersome to maneuver, even with two hands let alone one. I was like, “that’s a terrible idea– the pictures the other guy took look fine!” Adrien walked us DIRECTLY in front of Vlad’s lens to take this ridiculous selfie and I was just thinking “oh my god… *facepalm*… we’re right in his way…” Of course, Vlad saw Adrien struggling with his camera and offered to take more, which I started feeling bad about because he was clearly working on something else. Vlad was pretty into...
The Bad Yogi Engagement Part I

The Bad Yogi Engagement Part I

If you saw my Facebook post from a couple days ago, you probably know that the Frenchman and I are engaged! It was seriously the most ridiculous, crazy, insane, emotional experience of my life and I’m still waiting to wake up. Since I know I love nosy details about everyone else’s life, I wanted to share exactly how it all went down 😉 *** It was 8:30am early on Friday when he looked at me over breakfast and goes, “We should totally do a photo shoot today in Time Square before we leave NY, right?” (Lie #1*). It was cold and a little overcast and I have an unreasonable aversion to putting my bare hands on a dirty public street, but I knew it’d turn out super cool, so I very hesitantly agreed and secretly hoped something else would come up. He hardly ate breakfast and kept checking his phone while acting SUPER anxious. I asked him what was up and he said he was just nervous about flying home… he doesn’t love flying, so I didn’t think much of it. Plus, I thought he was trying to coordinate a surprise dinner or something, since it’s totally not unusual for him to do something like that. He told me he had to step out to call his mom (Lie #2*) and said it might be a while, so he suggested I go shopping across the street after I was done eating. I was happy to have some down time since we’d been running all over Manhattan doing as much stuff as possible for the past 6 days, so I...
Why Teaching Yoga Terrifies Me

Why Teaching Yoga Terrifies Me

This weekend I flew to Princeton, NJ to teach a weekend of workshops at The Princeton Center for Yoga and Health. I know this is totally NBD to most traveling yogis, but for me, it’s massive. Even though I’ve made a life around putting myself out there on social media and YouTube, I’m not a particularly outgoing person; I’m actually really shy and pretty quiet off-screen/off-line. Not to mention my fear of everyone hating me in real life, haha <– fear is soooo rational, right?! There’s something about getting up in front of a group of strangers who are paying to see you… it makes me break into a cold sweat if I think about it too long, haha. I have a crazy fear of disappointing people and generally feeling totally unworthy of all this love from people I’ve never met. I’m beyond grateful for every day I get to do what I do, but most of the time it just doesn’t seem real. Thank GOODNESS all my worry was over NOTHING! We had a fantastic weekend and everyone I met was so incredibly kind and we were all so excited to meet each other! Someone would see me walking down the hall and be like, “OH MY GOD!” and I’d be like, “OH MY GOD!” and we’d just keep escalating our “oh-my-gods” until we were both jumping up and down hugging each other, lol! It was ridiculous in the best way possible! I didn’t get pictures with everyone because I didn’t want to be obnoxiously snapping pictures while people were in savasana or something, BUT we got a...
Bad Yogi Wine List

Bad Yogi Wine List

Hey guys! What’s up this week? I’m filming a Yoga for Weight Loss series, planning for a massive project set to launch next year, writing a E-BOOK which will be available in November(dropped a bomb on ya there ;)), among other things such as obsessing over my little pug friend that we’re babysitting: Now, as you know, I drink wine. Not in excess (hopefully that goes without saying, haha) but a couple times a week we pick up a bottle of something new, or just an old favorite and enjoy a couple glasses with dinner. I’m not a connoisseur but thought it might be fun to share some of my favorites with you. Because let’s be real: none of us know what we’re looking for when scanning a zillion labels in Target or Total Wine anyway, right? 😉 In no particular order… 1) Apothic Dark. This is super juicy and pretty sweet (at least I think so)! Lots of berries happening in this one, which makes it really smooth and easy to drink. I think it’s really pretty in the glass too: almost black it’s such a deep red! Plus, I definitely love that it’s only $11. 2) 337 Cabernet by Noble Vines. I don’t know why, but this surprised me; I thought it was going to be really bad but it turns out it was pretty good! I think a lot of times this style of modern packaging holds wine that’s just ehhh… Anyway! Not too sweet and a little spicy with some pepper or spice in there, and it’s $12 where I buy it 🙂   3)...
Bad Yogi Approved Green Smoothie + A Confession Session

Bad Yogi Approved Green Smoothie + A Confession Session

How do you know you’ve found a green smoothie recipe that will stand the test of time? I’m not sure, but a good indication is that I’ll not only drink it, but LIKE it. I’m here with a great, go-to green smoothie recipe that I know you’ll love, so stay tuned for that below… So, I go through my emails every morning to respond to your questions and read the stories you send me about your journey and life, and it’s one of my favorite parts of the day. Sometimes you make me cry with how heartfelt you are, and other times I’m laughing out loud! I love that you trust me with your stories and your practice, so in the spirit of sharing (and over sharing, haha), I wanted to do another Bad Yogi confessional because let’s be real: getting nosey is fun! 😉 1) I have a guilty pleasure (actually, I have many!) and as of late that’s watching garbage TV passively. Each morning after I wake up, I go downstairs to ship your bad yogi tanks and respond to urgent emails and while I’m doing that… *drum roll* … I watch old episodes of Keeping Up With The Kardashians! DID I JUST SAY THAT OUT LOUD?! I know, I know– people with some sense of pride aren’t supposed to voluntarily admit to watching such nonsense, but I DO and I don’t know why! I just can’t look away… Can we still be friends anyway? PLEASE?! 2) I’m gearing up to teach at the Princeton Yoga Center in a few weeks and I’m SO NERVOUS! I know I’m...