My Body Muse: Erin Motz!!

It's Museday! Meet Erin. 

Welcome to this weeks feature. My Body Muse is a weekly series where we talk to people about their bodies and the weird/beautiful/messy/awesome/crazy-making narratives we build around them. Shoot us a note at mybodydoes@gmail.com if you’d like to be featured.

1) Can you tell us a bit about yourself? What you do? Where you're from?

I'm the co-founder of Bad Yogi, a yoga and lifestyle brand out to redefine yoga culture. We have yoga classes, clothing and a blog, and everything we do is to show people that yoga is for everybody and every BODY, and break the typical yogi stereotype; you're welcome here whether you're a kale-loving vegan or a prize-winning deer hunter. I'm originally from Florida but I live in France right now in Nice!

2) Can you tell us a bit about what you love about your body?

I love that it's healthy and allows me to work and pursue everything I want, whether that's something intangible like learning a language, or something very measurable like doing handstands! I love that it communicates quickly and strongly about whether it loves or hates something I'm doing to it, too.

3) Have you ever felt inadequate in your body? Do you feel comfortable sharing that story with us?

OMG YES! I still feel this way sometimes, but I've struggled with feeling too small. I used to have an image in my head of what a "real" woman looked like and that was nothing like me. Especially in more recent times when the "real women have curves" messaging started to catch on, and that made me feel even worse, like, someone made me wrong because I'm a woman but far from curvy! Isn't it insane how our brains can spin any tale it wants to make it feel like crap? Logically, of course, I knew that this was ridiculous, but I think we've all had some kind of "grass is greener" moments with our self image. I think that any exclusive messaging can be harmful, and instead, the only message out there should be that ALL bodies are beautiful and interesting and capable, whether they're curvy or straight or heavy or light or tan or porcelain.

4) If your body were you friend, how would you describe it?

Elegant, graceful, fit, and pretty badass.

5) Fill in the blank:

My body does__everything I ask of it___

My body does not like __extreme heat or cold!___

My body's theme song is__basically anything by Beyonce, haha!___

6) Do you have a favorite affirmation?

I am cultivating a loving relationship with my body

 

Follow her on Instagram: @badyogiofficial

Or Facebook!: Bad Yogi Facebook

My Body Muse: Marc Weinstein!!

It's Museday! Meet Marc. 

Welcome to this weeks feature. My Body Muse is a weekly series where we talk to people about their bodies and the weird/beautiful/messy/awesome/crazy-making narratives we build around them. Shoot us a note at mybodydoes@gmail.com if you’d like to be featured.

1) Can you tell us a bit about yourself? What you do? Where you're from?

Born and raised in New York. I'm an entrepreneur, yogi and teacher. I recently co-founded a music festival called 90sFest (shameless plug - www.90sfest.com). We'll be in 3-5 cities this fall including New York. In addition I teach yoga, meditation and tutor the SAT / ACT.

2) Can you tell us a bit about what you love about your body?

I love that there is SOOOO much complexity going on in the background, but in the forefront everything seems so simple. What needs to happen from my heart to brain to my finger tips for me to even type right now is mind-blowing.

3) Have you ever felt inadequate in your body? Do you feel comfortable sharing that story with us?

Yes. I was in middle school hanging out with a bunch of girls at a friend's house. I was only 12, but already shaving my little mustache, so suffice it to say that I'm a furry one. My friend was sitting on my back and pulled up my shirt. Upon seeing that I had lower back hair (again, I was 12 years old) she shouted out and the rest of the girls relentlessly heckled me that night. It was embarrassing, but of course I had to play it cool / act like a tough guy. I was pretty nasty to that girl for years to come and perpetuated the body negativity. In hindsight, I probably owe her an apology.

4) If your body were you friend, how would you describe it?

I'm not sure I could describe my body as a friend, because I wouldn't speak to a friend the way I speak to my body. I guess if I'm being honest my body would be more like a family member, close friend or my recent girlfriend. I tend to be hard on those closest to me because I see their "highest potential" rather than accepting them as they are. In high school and college I was all about the weightlifting, so I treated my body more like someone who had not achieved his highest potential. It was always - more weight, more reps. I never really appreciated where my body was at any given time, but always believed I could shape it to something better. This is a constant struggle in my yoga practice. I now strive to simply feel and breath in poses rather than reaching for arbitrary achievements like the modern male obsession with touching our toes.

5) Fill in the blank:

My body does__everything I ask it to do, if I ask nicely___

My body does not like __when I eat dairy___

My body's theme song is__Age of Consent - New Order____

6) Do you have a favorite affirmation?

Hum Sa, So Hum; So Hum, Hum Sa - I am that, that I am

7) What else? Final words?

Men face plenty of body shaming and we're sensitive too! I've noticed a dramatic rise in "men's health", which I'd redefine as "How to grow big pecs and biceps without ruining your six pack abs" Being hairy is OK. Growing old is OK. Who has six pack abs anyways?

Follow him on Instagram: @warcmeinstein

Or Twitter!: @warcmeinstein


My Body Muse: Silvana Denker!!

It's Museday! Meet Silvana. 

Welcome to this weeks feature. My Body Muse is a weekly series where we talk to people about their bodies and the weird/beautiful/messy/awesome/crazy-making narratives we build around them. Shoot us a note at mybodydoes@gmail.com if you’d like to be featured.

Before Silvan's muse interview, we wanted to mention a few things about her that we think are super rad. She's been combining her experience and passion for the plus size modelling world, with her skills as a photographer on a project called Body Love. It's a simple concept with a stunning result. She gathers 8 people of all sizes, shapes, colors, and genders, dressed only in their underwear, and takes pictures of them in the middle of a city center. 

Body Love in Bremen, Germany

Body Love in Bremen, Germany

Silvana is the woman behind the camera. She's this incredible brain behind the Body Love project and with the help of a few friends, she's traveling from city to city, bringing people together and sharing body love with the world. She's been to Paris, London, and her next stop is Milan! So before we let Silvana speak for herself, we want to let our New York friends know that she's currently trying to raise money to travel to the US and do a shoot in NYC. You can follow this link to her fundraising page where she accepts donations via PayPal (though some of it's in German!) We don't know about you, but we think NYC could really use a group of diverse, confident, and half-naked people posing in Times Square :) Check out her interview, below!!

Body Love in London, United Kingdom

Body Love in London, United Kingdom

1) Can you tell us a bit about yourself? What you do? Where you're from?

Well, I´m from a small village in Germany near a city called Siegen. I'm 31 years old and I work as a photographer and plus size model. For some years I've been trying to fight for a realistic view of the bodies of women and men and plus size modeling being more accepted in Germany.

2) Can you tell us a bit about what you love about your body?

I love being me, I needed some time to realize it because I always tried to get the body media shows us as the perfect one. Although I was a size 8 in my younger years I thought I was too fat. I've learned to love myself the way I am, to love not only the beautiful parts but also the ones with stretchmarks, bumps and rolls ;)

3) Have you ever felt inadequate in your body? Do you feel comfortable sharing that story with us?

The thinner I was the more I hated my body. Yes, I really hated it. It took a few years to realize it's not the weight that makes me a good person and I am so much more than a number on the scale.

4) If your body were you friend, how would you describe it?

My body likes good food, is warm and cuddly, strong and patient

5) Fill in the blank:

My body does__keep me strong___

My body does not like __too little sleep___

6) Do you have a favorite affirmation?

I am thankful for all that my body does.

 

Follow her on Instagram: @silvanadenker

Follow her on Facebook: Silvana Denker Fotografie