Why I joined my first Yoga challenge?
No matter if you are long time yoga practitioner, yoga lover or you are just starting your yoga journey, joining a yoga challenge can be fun. You will meet people with similar interests like yours, share your yoga practice and get inspiration. The awesomest thing is that sometimes you can win great yoga prizes.
Instagram Yoga challenges usually last for 5, 7 or 10 days. They are hosted by yogis and sponsored by of yoga apparel, accessories or wellness brands.
The rules of the Instagram Yoga challenges are always the same. Post the daily assignment photo/video, have your profile public, use the challenge hashtag for your post, follow all the hosts and sponsors and invite few of your friends to join you.
TOP 5 REASONS why you should join an Instagram Yoga challenge:
1. GET INSPIRATION FOR YOUR PRACTICE
I joined my first yoga challenge when I just moved to a new country. I didn’t speak the language, I had limited budget for going to yoga classes and I didn’t have any of my Yoga friends around.
The yoga challenges for me started as something very educational. They inspired me to look online, search for poses and watch videos how are they done. For a half Primary series of Ashtangi that was mind blowing.
Instagram Yoga challenges helped me memorize the Sanskrit names of the asanas which turned out to be a huge advantage for my Yoga Teacher Training.
Joining Yoga challenges opened the door for safe experimentation with yoga outside of a studio, trying out new variations and diving deeper into my practice.
2. CONNECT WITH YOGIS FROM EVERYWHERE
When I joined my first Instagram Yoga challenge I just moved to a country where I didn’t speak the language and I was starting from zero into making friends. After participating in a few challenges I finally didn’t feel so isolated and I started chatting and making friends with likeminded yogis from all around the world.
Now I am grateful and proud to have friends from all around the world (Spain, Brazil, Portugal, Ireland, Thailand, India, USA, Croatia and much more) and I was lucky enough to meet some of them in real life as well. Yoga is unity and it is all about connecting, supporting, sharing love and holding space for each other.
3. LEARN HOW TO START YOUR YOGA PRACTICE
Most of the yoga challenges have certified Yoga teachers or longtime yoga practitioners with lots practice as hosts. Everyone was once a beginner so all the yoga challenges offer lots of variations, modifications, drills and lots of creativity.
Tip: If you are new into yoga and not sure if is safe for you to join a yoga challenge you can always message the hosts and ask them for advice. Safety comes first.
4. PRACTICE YOGA FOR FREE FROM YOUR HOME
All Yoga challenges focus on a certain theme offering you a group of carefully selected yoga asanas. These postures can be practiced separately or together as a sequence.
If one week you join heartopening yoga challenge and practice backbends, next week you can choose to join a different theme like twists, inversions or Handstand drills. The combinations are countless offering you to build up a balanced personal practice depending on your current mood and what you want to work on.
5. WIN AWESOME YOGA ESSENTIALS
I think this is one of the most asked questions I get about the Yoga Challenges.Do people really win those high quality yoga mats, outfits, props, gemstones mala necklaces, vegan chocolates etc.
The answer is YES.
Yoga challenges are all about connection and sharing love and support. It is not only about posting the daily assignment photo but giving you the opportunity to a safe space to connect with the likeminded community.
Last tips: Always check the posts under the challenge hashtag, comment, like and share share love. Show overall presence and authenticity. Next time when you are thinking “Should I share the flyer poster and join this yoga challenge?” click the repost button and join the Instagram Yoga family.