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“Do a workout you enjoy!” With Ming Zhao & Emilie Perz

Do a workout you enjoy! We all know exercise releases endorphins but doing an exercise you like also makes you feel like a rockstar! Motivate yourself to do something that you enjoy and afterwards remind yourself how cute and healthy you are! When I’m feeling insecure I love to hit a group fitness class with […]

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Do a workout you enjoy! We all know exercise releases endorphins but doing an exercise you like also makes you feel like a rockstar! Motivate yourself to do something that you enjoy and afterwards remind yourself how cute and healthy you are! When I’m feeling insecure I love to hit a group fitness class with one of my favorite boys and take selfies in the mirror. Truth told, it works.

Ask your close girl friends to write you love letters. Nothing makes a woman feel more confident then her gal pals telling her how amazing she is from the inside out. I absolutely love writing my girlfriends cards that emphasize how sassy and fierce they are. You can immediately see a difference in their composure.

Focus one full week on sleeping 8 hours a night minimum. You will LITERALLY get compliments from everyone on how great you look and how much your skin is glowing. I never wear makeup to work but when I sleep 8 full hours students will ask if I did something different to my face (lol) no it’s just the radiance of health and exuberance that shines through.


At times it feels like wellness or elevating one’s wellbeing, is diametrically opposed to high achievement and high performance in one’s career. The stress, mental energy, long hours, lack of restful sleep and preoccupation that result from a high-achievement life seem to directly inhibit wellness. And yet, in order to sustain the creativity, flexibility, mental acuity and resilience that are necessary for high performance, wellness and wellbeing of the mind, body and soul are also mandatory. So how do we achieve both? This is the question I’m hoping to answer through conversations with high-achieving leaders and influencers who are practicing their own philosophies about how to maintain their wellbeing.

As a part of our series about “Social Media Influencers Share Their Top Self Care, Wellness, and Beauty Tips, I had the pleasure of interviewing Emilie Perz an international yoga educator and movement therapist based in Los Angeles. Her passion for countless yoga teaching and learning experiences has given her over 1000 hours of yoga education, teaching 20 workshops globally and has served as teacher trainer for several yoga institutions including YogaWorks, Yoga Medicine and Light on Lotus. She has also served as a Lululemon and Free People brand ambassador.


Thank you so much for doing this with us! Our readers would love to get to know you a bit better. Can you share with us the backstory of how you came upon this career path and to where you are today?

Ibegan practicing yoga after my father’s sudden death when I was 17. I was always a super active child and I excelled in many things including horseback riding, running, singing, theater, radio, art. Immediately following my fathers death I began suffering from crippling anxiety that left paralyzed with fear of socializing and being in public. I even switched schools in an effort to restart my life. A friend invited me to yoga in hopes that the practice would help with my daunting panic attacks. I was hooked that very first class. It’s incredible to think that one self-help tool can lead to a life of helping and healing others. But truth be told, this practice transforms your life by awakening you to your unlimited potential.

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story about that?

My father! He was a total hippie and I’m sure many would argue that his choices in parenting were unconventional. Thought he acted more like a friend at times, he was, and still is, the most supportive person I’ve had in my life. He allowed me to try anything I wanted to do and constantly encouraged me to follow my own yellow brick road. Even the tragedy of his death lead to this journey of yoga teaching. I feel as though my relationship with him of unconditional love and support is exactly what I’m trying to spread to the world at large.

As an influencer, you have been blessed with great success in a career path that many have attempted, but eventually gave up on. In fact perhaps most people who tried to follow a career path like yours did not succeed. Do you have any words of advice for others who may want to embark on this career path but know that their dreams might be dashed?

Set your standards high and don’t compromise. I truly believe that in order to be both successful AND happy, you need to set realistic standards for yourself on what you expect to see from your business and where you’re not willing to negotiate on these expectations. Many people suffer from burnout because they aren’t working from a place of clarity and authenticity. They just continue to do and do without having a real vision for themselves. You gotta create the vision to even attempt the dream.

Can you share with our readers some of your strategies you’ve used to build an engaged, loyal, and large online community?

Luckily for me, Instagram began right when my career started. About two months into the gram days I became a Lululemon Ambassador in Los Angeles which garnered me ample public exposure both virtually and in stores around the city. I started hosting events with the brand, growing my visibility and followers. That lead me to a role as Community Builder for a yoga brand in which I traveled the world meeting yoga teachers and from there I hunkered down in LA and hit the ground running building my classes and following here. The reason I’ve been successful online is because the people who follow me, KNOW ME! I’m also quirky super quirky and am known for my cool creative classes that I post online and let’s not forget my furry sidekick — Apollo. You can often take my class in LA with my rock n roll bunny Apollo who loves to give savanna assists.

Ok thank you for all that. Now let’s shift to the main focus of our interview. You are a busy person with a demanding schedule, can you share with our readers two self care routines, practices or treatments that help your body thrive? (Kindly share a story or an example for each.)

First, yoga every day. There is nothing like this practice. yoga retrains your mind and body through movement and builds your kinesthetic awareness: being present, listening to the body, and being conscious and knowledgeable about where our bodies are in space and what is happening anatomically. Second, face massage! I use pure rose seed oil every day and night on my skin and take up to five minutes massaging my face with light pressure to release tension points from stress.

Can you share with us two routines that you use to help your mind or heart to thrive? (Kindly share a story or example for each.)

Daily meditation. To be honest, being a yoga teacher in LA is overwhelming. Classes are packed and students expectations are high. In order to stay centered, grounded and speaking from my own “truth” I practice meditations and affirmations everyday to tune me in to my own body’s intelligence. I never say something just to say something. I try to be clear, concise and very articulate with everything I say because I know my students are listening an digesting what I say. I practice mindful meditations and focus on heart language I want to elicit and express in the classroom. Oftentimes, I pick a feeling, such as gratitude, and meditation on my own hearts experience with it to create the theme, tone, mode of class.

Affirmations! Even yoga teachers need emotional support and encouragement. Affirmations truly help me to set mindful intentions for myself in my own personal circumstances. Every few weeks I carve out time to sit and reflect on where I need more oomph in my life. Sometimes I need motivation so I’ll write fun, silly affirmations for myself like “girl get your gains on in the gym” sometimes I need more focus on a specific area so I’ll write “take five deep breaths and get present.” small, cute and meaningful for what I need to get through.

Can you share 3 ideas that anyone can use “to feel beautiful”? (Please share a story or example for each.)

Do a workout you enjoy! We all know exercise releases endorphins but doing an exercise you like also makes you feel like a rockstar! Motivate yourself to do something that you enjoy and afterwards remind yourself how cute and healthy you are! When I’m feeling insecure I love to hit a group fitness class with one of my favorite boys and take selfies in the mirror. Truth told, it works.

Ask your close girl friends to write you love letters. Nothing makes a woman feel more confident then her gal pals telling her how amazing she is from the inside out. I absolutely love writing my girlfriends cards that emphasize how sassy and fierce they are. You can immediately see a difference in their composure.

Focus one full week on sleeping 8 hours a night minimum. You will LITERALLY get compliments from everyone on how great you look and how much your skin is glowing. I never wear makeup to work but when I sleep 8 full hours students will ask if I did something different to my face (lol) no it’s just the radiance of health and exuberance that shines through.

Is there a particular resource, a practitioner, expert, book, or podcast that made a significant impact on you and helped you to thrive? Can you share a story about that with us?

Yes, I love Kimberly Snyder! She is a devoted yogi, mother, healthy life-style author, fierce badass. Kimberly use to take my class regularly and was an incredible resource of information. She is so dedicated to her mission to help women feel beautiful and it shows. She is a great source of inspiration to me and I know she wholeheartedly loves helping others live their best lives. https://shop.mysolluna.com

Do you have a story about the strangest, most bizarre or funniest wellness treatment that you’ve ever experienced?

Shirodhara is an Ayurvedic treatment that I’ve had done several times in India. It’s quite awkward because it requires oil dripping on your forehead for over an hour which induces a deep sense of relaxation throughout the body. In the beginning you’re lying there, tucking in to a wrap with this annoying oil drops constantly falling on your forehead but ten minutes in you are so fast asleep and so relaxed and calm. It’s a GREAT treatment for resetting your nervous system.

As an influencer, you are a person of great influence. If you could inspire a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger.

Yoga teachers working along side doctors to treat patients. There is a great amount of healing that needs to go on in our nation these days. I believe if yoga teachers were utilized to work alongside MDs, Psychologists, etc. to assist with optimal treatment plans then we could eliminate stigmas and help create global health shifts for the greater good. Right now so many people are suffering without any support. Yoga teachers are certified with many tools that help regulate the nervous system and heal the body from the inside out. When put into place these mindful practices can make the necessary behavioral changes that eventually help people self-help and heal.

We are very blessed that some of the biggest names in Business, VC funding, Sports, and Entertainment read this column. Is there a person in the world with whom you’d like to have a private breakfast or lunch with, and why? He or she might just see this. 🙂

Chani Nicholas. She is a phenomenal astrologer, writer, yoga teacher.

What is the best way our readers can follow you on social media?

On Instagram at @EmiliePerzYoga.

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