BecauseYogiSays Yoga Challenge Recap

BecauseYogiSays Yoga Challenge Prompts

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Today I’ll be sharing my experience with BecauseYogiSays, a 10 day yoga challenge on Instagram. The challenge, hosted by @momwhatsfordinner@lydiamakokha, and @rackerman722 presented a different “yogi says” prompt each day. The prompts were open to interpretation, so participants could pick the asana, or yoga pose, they felt best represented it. The only things asked of participants were “express yourself” and “have fun”. I did both. BecauseYogiSays…

 

Meditate on Day 1 I sat in Lotus Pose or Padmasana. Normally, I’d meditate in Savasana (Corpse Pose), or do a walking meditation, but I decided to switch it up.

 

BecauseYogiSays Yoga Challenge Meditate in Lotus Pose

Rise and Shine on Day 2 I got into Cat Pose or Marjariasana. Since I sometimes wake up with a sore back, back stretches are a way I often begin my day.

BecauseYogiSays Yoga Challenge Rise and Shine Cat Pose or Marjariasana

Get Creative on Day 3 I got into Half Moon Pose or Ardha Chandrasana. According to an article by Amy Lynch on Mind Body Green, “this pose brings harmony through out the body and a sense of peace through the work required to achieve it”. I lost my balance a few times before I could look up without stumbling and my position is still slightly off. For those who can’t get into this position, using a block under the hand and/or looking down may be helpful.

BecauseYogiSays Yoga Challenge Get Creative Half Moon Pose Ardha Chandrasana

Be Fearless on Day 4 I did Fish Pose or Matsyasana, which Lori Myles-Carullo said in an article on GaiamTv.com is for releasing fear. This yoga pose, which I had never done prior to this day, opens the heart and lungs where Myles-Carullo says “fear often settles”. 

BecauseYogiSays Yoga Challenge Be Fearless Fish Pose or Matsyasana

Give Self Love on Day 5 I did Cow Face Pose or Gomukhasana. With the hand clasp, it was kind of like giving myself a hug and a pat on the back at the same time.

BecauseYogiSays Yoga Challenge Give Self Love Cow Face Pose or Gomukhasana

Pay it Forward on Day 6 I did a Standing Forward Bend or Uttanasana. A lot of people also mentioned how they did pay it forward acts during the challenge as well. Although I hadn’t planned it for the prompt, and the person didn’t take me up on my offer, I had happened to attempt pay it forward to someone during that day.

BecauseYogiSays Yoga Challenge Pay it Forward Standing Forward Bend or Uttanasana

Try Something New on Day 7 I tried King Dancer Pose, also called Dancing Shiva Pose or Natrajasana, which I had never done before as far as I can recall. It was easier to hold than I thought it would be but harder than it might look. This is also a pose from Jivamukti, which is a form of yoga that is new to me, and which I’ll tell you more about when I recap my experience with the LightOnTheMasters challenge.

BecauseYogiSays Yoga Challenge Try Something New King Dancer Pose, Dancing Shiva Pose or Natrajasana

Show Gratitude on Day 8 I got into a heart opener variation of Warrior I or Virabhadrasana A. According to Deborah Dunham in an article on Bliss Tree, “Heart opening poses are like saying ‘I’m here and I’m wide open to so many blessings'” I thought that was lovely and a good representation of my feelings on that day. I had stayed up all night and figured I’d at least see a sunrise. Then it rained. But I found myself grateful for it including the sound to listen to and the breeze coming in the window. You can see a clip of the rain here. I discussed a few other things I was grateful for this day here. On this day I also shared the idea of doing the ABC’s of Gratitude when you feel like you’re having trouble finding things to be grateful for and beginning with Alive and Breathing to get you started.

BecauseYogiSays Yoga Challenge Show Gratitude Warrior I or Virabhadrasana A

Balance on Day 9 I got into the same pose as I began the challenge with, but this time elevated. I remember learning I could balance this way back in junior high, although I didn’t know it was called Elevated Lotus Pose or Utthita Padmasana at the time. I did not balance myself very long in this position this time, but I wonder how long I’d be holding it now if I had kept practicing it since I was young. Part of balance for me is also time, so I had photographed the pose for this day and Day 10 on Day 8.

BecauseYogiSays Yoga Challenge Balance Elevated Lotus Pose or Utthita Padmasana

Rest on Day 10 I did Corpse Pose or Savasana. I’m sure I wasn’t alone in picking that pose for that day, but it was one I hadn’t done in awhile. Since I had taken the photo a couple days prior, I was especially able to rest on that day.

 BecauseYogiSays Yoga Challenge Rest Savasana or Corpse PoseAlthough I like challenges that tell me what pose to do since I may try poses I wouldn’t otherwise and can see how they are meant to look, I enjoyed the freedom in this challenge. In a couple of cases, I did try poses that were new to me. I also liked that coming up with poses for the prompts also helped me connect these poses to my life. Because I was kind of stumped on a few, such as what poses might fit for gratitude, I was lead to articles that had some interesting ideas that helped me learn more about the poses and their possible benefits. Overall I really enjoyed doing this challenge, and I hope you’ve enjoyed the recap. You can find recaps of other yoga challenges I’ve done here and follow along with my current yoga challenge and other fitness progress on @investinginfitness.

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Tomorrow (June 11th) begins the #BecauseYogiSays yoga challenge on Instagram, which is like Simon Says, but for yoga. Each day through June 20th, the hosts @momwhatsfordinner, @lydiamakokha, and @rackerman722 present a different “yogi says” challenge. For those who like to plan ahead, each day’s “Yogi says” is printed on the image.

Each “Yogi says…” is open-ended, so participates can, and are encouraged to, use their own creativity in choosing an asana. This also allows for flexibility, so beginning and advanced yogis can have fun. There are ten sponsors (see image) and there will be ten prizes awarded. Host @momwhatsfordinner says that they only ask two things “express yourself” and “have fun”. Sounds simple enough.

If you’d like to join the #BecauseYogiSays challenge, make sure your account is public during the challenge. Repost the image above from one the sponsor’s Instagram accounts and tag two friends in the image whom you think might like to join you. Follow all of the hosts and all of the sponsors. Post your daily “Yogi says” pose using the hashtag #BecauseYogiSays. Enjoy! Starting tomorrow you’ll be able to follow along with my participation on Instagram.

If you’re wanting to participate in another yoga challenge or need a challenge that’s more directive, check out the JunieBeYou challenge and the JuneOYourChakras challenge. I’m participating in both of these and having fun so far. There is one more challenge I’ve found and started participating in, for which sponsors and hosts are going to donate funds to help the poor in India. Although it’s already in progress, I read today that it’s okay to start from the current day and to catch up if you want to. Stay tuned tomorrow for more info on that. If you haven’t already, consider subscribing by email so you don’t miss that or future posts.

 

Will you be participating in #BecauseYogiSays? Let me know in the comments below.

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