January Yoga Challenge – Be Strong In 2015 and Resolutions

Be Strong In 2015
Be Strong In 2015 Yoga Challenge

Ever since I did my first Kino and Kerri yoga challenge this past June, I’ve vowed to always do a challenge that they’re hosting. This month is all about being strong. The challenge is hosted by Kino MacGregor and Kerri Verna, and sponsored by Aloyoga.

When they hosted the Independence ARMy challenge, I wasn’t sure I was going to enjoy it because I arm balances aren’t something I practiced regularly. They’re also something that frustrate me when I just can’t seem to get the balance right (it doesn’t help that the more you practice, the more tired your arms get). I sucked it up and ended up REALLY enjoying that challenge. There are a few days (looking at you 18 and 21) that I feel like will be a challenge, but I guess that’s the whole point! I can honestly say I’ve improved so much in this area since starting these challenges.

Resolutions

I don’t usually do New Years Resolutions, but sometimes I make up a list just for fun. This year, I plan on continuing to practice yoga daily, and I want to be more punctual on blogging about it!! I was doing good in the beginning but as of now, I only have the first week of December up. =/

I’ve created a page where all the yoga challenges can be found (all hosted and sponsored by other people, I just participate) and it’s currently a work in progress. When I have it finished, I’ll post a link on the main page. If you take a peek at it, I’d love any input!

Blue Sky/Sugar Paper Organizers
Blue Sky/Sugar Paper Organizers

I’d also like to get back into the monthly personal challenges/goals. I think at the beginning of last year, either for the year or for January, I wanted to be more organized, especially with to-do lists and I’m proud to say I’ve accomplished that. I bought a BlueSky day planner from Target last year and it helped immensely. I know there are a million different planners out there, some with recipes or inspirational quotes, but my $12.99 one from Target is all I really need. This year it’s basically the same thing, but they rebranded it as Sugar Paper.

Did you make any New Years Resolutions this year?

Related Links:

January Yoga Challenge – Bend Into the New Year

December’s Yoga Challenge – Just Be Present

November Yoga Challenge – Healing Hearts

October Yoga Challenge – Let’s Get Flexy

September Yoga Challenge – Balance Basics

 

Leave me a comment on Instagram if you’re doing the challenge too!

January Challenge – Bend Into The New Year and Thoughts on Yoga Teacher Training

Bend Into the New Year Yoga Challenge
Bend Into the New Year Yoga Challenge

For January, I’m going to do two yoga challenges, one hosted by Kino MacGregor and Kerri Verna (BeStrongIn2015), and Bend Into the New Year, pictured above, hosted by MissBCross and Karma_Bhakti.

The last time I did two challenges in the same month, they had a lot of overlapping poses, but I’m really excited to do this one because it’s hosted by a yogi that I’ve been following for a while. I’ve always admired Brandy (MissBCross) for her incredible bendy-ness. She’s really inspirational and great to interact with.

I’d been thinking about possibly hosting a yoga challenge myself (maybe with others), but have been kind of on the fence about it. I’m not a certified yoga instructor, and I know I don’t have perfect form for a lot of poses. I could possibly do a beginners or intro type challenge.

Yoga Teacher Training

This leads me to the fact that I’ve been thinking about yoga teacher training seriously for a while, but there are a few (self imposed) road blocks. One, it’s expensive, and I don’t plan on teaching afterwards to even justify possibly earning the money back. I usually think money is a silly reason not to do something (where there’s a will, there’s a way), but it would take me a while to save up the money, and I feel like there are other more important priorities at the moment.

Two, traveling to a studio to learn. I think the closest studio (not necessarily the best or most cost effective one) is just over 30 minutes away, and then there are other studios a bit further. That’s a huge time commitment and I feel like I’m already struggling to find time to do everything that needs to be done.

Three, the main reason I would like to do it is because I really enjoy yoga and I really enjoy learning. It would be awesome to study something I’m interested in and then end up with some kind of qualification. Does the fact that I enjoy doing something, but don’t really *need* a formal education to practice at home justify the cost (money + time)?

An option I’ve found is cheaper online courses that have certifications, but are not accepted by Yoga Alliance (because they’re strictly online without in-person training). I could take a course and earn a cert without spending $3500+, but if I did choose to ever go for formal training, the cert wouldn’t count for anything and I’d have to start all over again.

So that’s what’s been running through my head for a while, what do you guys think?

Related Links:

December’s Yoga Challenge – Just Be Present

November Yoga Challenge – Healing Hearts

October Yoga Challenge – Let’s Get Flexy

September Yoga Challenge – Balance Basics

August Yoga Challenge – She’s Got Legs

Leave me a comment on Instagram if you’re doing any yoga challenges too!

December’s Yoga Challenge – Just Be Present – Week 1

Decemeber’s challenge is all about poses that require you to be present.  These are some of my favorite poses because they aren’t necessarily difficult, but require concentration. One of my main reasons for practicing yoga is to take my mind off of every day things and practice being more “in the moment”.

The first few poses are pretty easy…literally starting off with “Easy Pose”. For this one, I focused on breathing deeply.

Easy Pose. Sukhasana.
Day 1: Easy Pose. Sukhasana.
Chaturanga
Day 2: Chaturanga
Half Lord of the Fishes, Ardha Matsyendrāsana
Day 3: Half Lord of the Fishes, Ardha Matsyendrāsana
Both Big Toe Pose, Ubhaya Padangusthasana
Day 4: Both Big Toe Pose, Ubhaya Padangusthasana
Bound angle pose, Baddha Konasana
Day 5: Bound angle pose, Baddha Konasana
Tree Pose, Vrksasana
Day 6: Tree Pose, Vrksasana
Low Lunge, Anjaneyasna
Day 7: Low Lunge, Anjaneyasna

Related Links:

December’s Yoga Challenge – Just Be Present

November Yoga Challenge – Healing Hearts

October Yoga Challenge – Let’s Get Flexy

September Yoga Challenge – Balance Basics

August Yoga Challenge – She’s Got Legs

Leave me a comment on Instagram if you’re doing the challenge too!