Let me start by saying, your body is of COURSE beautiful the way it is. What I love about yoga though, is its power to make you feel stronger. With strength comes confidence. This March my friend Regan hosted a beginner’s yoga challenge on Instagram. The Instagram trend has been taking place for a while, and this is why you too should join an instayoga challenge.
Here’s how it works. A yogi host posts a new pose every day with a #nameoftheirchallenge. Participants try out the pose, post it to their instagram and tag the host and hashtag in the picture. I have to say doing my friend’s yoga challenge got me to practice poses I never thought I could do, no matter how ‘beginner’, and once I was able to get them, the feeling just made me want more. Finally mastering a headstand or an arm balance got me so excited to practice more and more. With practice came strength.
That said, this month there are a couple awesome challenges on instagram YOU can participate in, and let me tell you, you won’t regret it. My friend @regfairy and a couple of her fellow yogi friends @crazyogalegz @claireridge @kiabiayoga are hosting #aprilalignment to get participants to build up the strength to do a couple difficult arm balances, firefly and grasshopper (see below). To participate follow them and their sponsor @ridgesandstitches on insta and get started! The winner will win a free pair of @ridgesandstitches awesome yoga leggings.
The other is by the awesome Kino McGregor, a well known yoga instructer and world traveler; people love her, and she is extremely talented.
Follow her @kinoyoga for a core yoga challenge (perfect for the pool;). She’s even posted the list of poses so you can get a head start on practicing. Post her name and #yogatothecore. April has already started but you can still catch up!
Kino will likely have another challenge in May, and she has hundreds of user-friendly, awesome tutorials on YouTube for yogis at all stages.
Get started on a challenge! I will see you on Instagram at @naderbombs!