Perfect Body Yoga Program

How I Found My “Perfect” Body

When I first moved to France, I was in serious yoga & gym withdrawal. Kind of like when a baby is so overtired that it can’t fall asleep, I was so yoga and fitness deprived that I lost all interest in bringing it back in to my life. So, instead I ate from every place that sold fresh pasta, I sat down in the sun with an ice cream cone daily, I ate pizza like it was my job, and I felt absolutely guiltless about all of it. There was a season for indulgence and gluttony, but six months in and that time was definitely over. Even real seasons have a shorter lifespan than that, haha.

I did a tour of some of the gyms in Nice and checked out a few yoga studios, but they were INSANELY expensive. We’re talking $120 for a monthly gym membership and $200 for a yoga studio. Mmm, yeah, no.

Then it dawned on me that I’d been building this yoga program for nearly 8 months and maybe I could try doing that! I quickly dismissed this idea as ridiculous because it wasn’t “perfect” and I still needed to “fine-tune” it and blah blah blah, excuses excuses excuses.

Fast forward a few more weeks and I decided to just DO IT. I had nothing to lose and I wasn’t practicing anywhere else, so who cares? I decided to commit to rediscovering my yoga practice and use it as a way to hone this program I had poured so much into.

And I did. I went through what would ultimately become the Perfect Body Yoga Program, tweaking it along the way until it felt just right… and whaddya know! I woke up a week in to the program and thought, “WHOA. Whose legs are these?!” I started to get my definition back which was just beyond exciting to me. It energized me so much and the results just kept coming… I didn’t get the arms of Michelle Obama and Gwen Stefani’s abs, but MY OWN body’s shape started to show itself and guess what? I LIKED what I saw! It occurred to me that the perfect body is simply the healthiest, strongest version of the body you already have. That was a life changing moment right there.

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This is the feeling I want everyone to have. We all deserve to uncover what makes us truly special and beautiful. We ALL have this capacity, but we don’t all know how to access it. I’m obsessed with PBYP because it really allowed me to see my body for what it is: strong yet soft, flexible yet grounded. Perfect exactly as I am.

Over to you! Have you ever had a similar experience with something in your life? If you’re doing PBYP, what are you looking forward to the most?

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15 Comments

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    Angela VB

    July 3, 2016 at 4:47 pm

    I’m doing PBYP and really looking to restart my yoga practice and find my perfect body! I’m so tired of hard core, impossible for me to maintain weights programs and “diets”. I cannot wait to find something I love and is sustainable with life.

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      Erin Motz

      July 3, 2016 at 4:52 pm

      Love this and I’m so 100% with you! I don’t need to sweat a lake in my house to get in shape, haha.

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    Candy

    July 3, 2016 at 5:03 pm

    I am doing PBYB. After living the last year and half in pain and finally having surgery this past February, I have my energy back and am pain free. By doing the program, I am hoping to get back into an exercise routine. I am looking to lose 10 lbs this year. Although, I have much more I want to lose, but a little at time. I will be 50 next year and know that I will never have the body I had in my 20’s. I just want to be more comfortable in my on skin and be happy with the way I look.

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      Erin Motz

      July 3, 2016 at 6:12 pm

      Yes! I love that your focus is ultimately to feel good in your skin <3 So glad you're joining us!

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    Laura

    July 3, 2016 at 5:28 pm

    I’ll be participating in PBYB and look forward to many things, but increasing my strength, flexibility and mindfulness are top of the list right now. I’ve had a similar aha! moment recently and am going to start practicing that as well. No more excuses as you mentioned! I’m a amazing (pencil) illustrator, according to many, but I can always find something else to do besides practice (the word procrastination sums it up the “something else” best). Tomorrow I will dedicate 30 minutes to drawing and I’ll see where it goes from there. I have an untimate goal to participate in a national activity someday, but I need to get portfolio pieces done and ready to apply to this event. There … I said it out loud for the first time! I have to commit now, right?

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      Erin Motz

      July 3, 2016 at 6:14 pm

      I’m actually doing something similar and getting back to writing regularly. It’s something I’ve dropped for the same reasons and I just need to stop making excuses. Yes ma’am– it’s public now for both of us, so no excuses this time 😉

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    Kay

    July 3, 2016 at 5:43 pm

    I’m doing PYBP. I have fibro and Hashimoto Thyroiditus…I just found out my audio immune values are way too high…which is hard for me to face. I eat well and clean..fix my own food. I teach yoga 3 times a week and play tennis. I feel like my body is betraying me right now. So, as I adjust to this, I’m thrilled this program is starting this week.

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      Erin Motz

      July 3, 2016 at 6:16 pm

      So glad you’re joining us, too, Kay! I know these setbacks always make us uncomfortable, but you’re going in the right direction by focusing on yourself. I’ll see you tomorrow 🙂

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      Adrienne

      July 4, 2016 at 5:00 am

      I have Hashimoto Thyroditus too. Yea and I hardly fall sick, run and play tennis regularly. So I dont know why am hit by this condition, But let’s focus on the positive and hope the autoimmune system calms down eventually, 🙂

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    Anne

    July 3, 2016 at 8:38 pm

    Had two babies and then gallbladder surgery. It’s taken me til no w to get my energy back. I love to take evening walks along ne or with one of my kidlets, but I need something more. Yoga always has been a place in f calm for me before my second child. I’m looking forward to getting back to it.

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    Susan Beringer-Beattie

    July 4, 2016 at 12:58 am

    I am looking forward to it! I love challenges but I love my occasional slacker days too. I was starting to feel a little “ho hum” about my current routine so I’m excited to start something new.

    Woohoo!

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    vp_oeno.yogi

    July 4, 2016 at 2:11 pm

    I read all the comments.. and I must admit, I feel jealous. 🙁 😛
    Unfortunately, in the moment I don’t have a job, plus I have to pay my uni tuition.. sooo no PYBP for me right now :((((
    I really hope that I’ll be able to join you soon

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      Erin Motz

      July 4, 2016 at 5:21 pm

      don’t worry! whenever you can join the timing will be perfect 🙂 in the meantime, you still have all the free classes and blogs! <3

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    Marijana

    July 4, 2016 at 6:00 pm

    Day 3 for me today (I had to start earlier to time the rest days with being on the road), and I have to say, it is AWESOME!
    I only started doing yoga on March 6th, a day after my late sister’s birthday, and of course, it all started with Erin’s 30-day challenge. The first 2 weeks, I was perpetually sore, in whatever part of the body was being worked, plus arms and shoulders (regardless of which part of the body was being worked – I have such chicken arms that even savasana would make them sore!). But, eventually, the soreness became more and more elusive. Even while in India and doing yoga 2x per day for 3 weeks, sore muscles were hard to come by. Obviously, I had gotten stronger, but, also, not going further.
    Well, today, after first 2 PBYP classes, I am sore all over. Arms and shoulders included. And I don’t even feel like I’ve worked hard during classes – I found them on the easy side of challenging. But boy, oh boy, they obviously worked me more than I realized!
    Thank you Erin!

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    Megan Reddix

    July 5, 2016 at 10:34 am

    Thank you so much for being such an inspiration to all us “Bad Yogis”! I am super excited to start PBYP tonight. My husband is extremely athletic and works out CONSTANTLY. Like – not kidding – he plays baseball three times a week (competitively), golfs twice a week, runs at least four times a week, and lifts weights on his “off” days. Yoga is part of my daily routine, I run when I feel like it, and I am not a competitive person, but I’m fit. We both knew we were missing something, though. A native Texas and his baking-fool wife…we naturally love food and sweets. We have never really had a structured diet. So while I’m really excited about ALL of PBYB, Zach is actually pretty pumped about the food suggestions. We’re ready to try something new when it comes to our meals. Maybe I’ll even get him to participate in some of the classes 😉

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