Bend Into the New Year – Week 1 {Yoga Challenge}

Here is the first week of poses for the Bend Into the New Year yoga challenge, hosted by @karma_bhakti and @missbcross. I really like the poses in this challenge so far. I like back bends because they make me uncomfortable, but not in a painful way.

Cat Cow Pose
Day 1: Cat Cow Pose
Cobra pose, Bhujangasana
Day 2: Cobra pose, Bhujangasana
Wild Thing, Camatkarasana
Day 3: Wild Thing, Camatkarasana
Wheel Pose, Chakrasana
Day 4: Wheel Pose, Chakrasana
Camel Pose, Ustrasana
Day 5: Camel Pose, Ustrasana
King Pigeon Pose, Kapotasana)
Day 5: King Pigeon Pose, Kapotasana
Standing Backbend Anuvittasana
Day 6: Standing Backbend Anuvittasana

I used to do back bends all the time as a kid, and I was pretty proud to get this far without falling into wheel pose, but I wasn’t brave enough to let go of my supporting leg.

One Legged King Pigeon Pose, Eka Pada Rajakapotasana
Day 7: One Legged King Pigeon Pose, Eka Pada Rajakapotasana

For day 7 of the challenge, there is a prompt to reflect on gratitude. Today I’m grateful for so many things. I’m grateful for how bright and sunny it is outside (even if it’s only 5 degrees), and for the heat in our house. I’m also grateful for all the people that have to (or choose to) work out in the cold, like our mail lady and the trash guys. I’m grateful for hot showers and warm blankets!

Are you bending into the new year or doing any other yoga challenges?

Related Links:

January Yoga Challenge – Bend Into The New Year

January Yoga Challenge – Be Strong In 2015

December’s Yoga Challenge – Just Be Present

November Yoga Challenge – Healing Hearts

October Yoga Challenge – Let’s Get Flexy

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

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