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That’s One Bad Yogi!

Erin Motz will share her different style at the Princeton Center for Yoga and Health

Published: _Friday, October 10, 2014 on Time Off
Written by: Susan Van Dongen, Special Writer

Erin Motz 14_mediumSTRICT diet, correct attire, perfect and calm attitude at all times: sounds like a set of vows one takes when becoming a monk. But no, these things are not what you need to lead a religious life, just what certain practitioners and teachers believe makes for the “right yoga stuff.”

Yes indeed, there are yoga zealots out there, grim critics who look down on others who don’t take the practice as seriously they do. Erin Motz, a Florida-based yogi and yoga teacher, felt frustrated by the unspoken rules for practitioners and teachers, and turned this stern approach on its head.

“I was getting involved in the yoga scene and noticed that everyone was drinking green tea and having a vegan or another kind of impeccable diet, as well as doing all kinds of very difficult poses,” Ms. Motz says. "It was a struggle for me to do all this and enjoy myself. I thought, ‘This is what you have to do to be a yoga teacher? Surely there are other people out there who think like I do.’

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