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Take the leap Yoga challenge: day 13

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So today may be Valentine’s Day, but more important it is the 13th day in my yoga challenge. I haven’t been posting photos of poses anymore for this challenge. I am still very new to yoga, and I found that doing the poses, practicing, and more every day is challenge enough without trying to take photos of yourself!

So until I get better at it I am just holding off. I still continue to enjoy this challenge, though. I really like the practice program I have, and I have also met some really awesome people from this challenge! It didn’t occur to be that might be a side effect, but it feels really refreshing and good. Everyone who I have talked to who also does the challenge is very nice, encouraging, and inspiring!

 

30 days of yoga via Sweat Pink and Prana: day #1

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Oww. Yea, you heard (read?) that right. Owwwwwwww.

So this may seem like a funny sound. Hell, I do jiu jitsu. I have spent quite a few times rolling around a mat with (mostly) guys, learning about muscles I never realized existed. I have come to appreciate the finer things in life, like Tiger Balm.

Yet for some crazy reason, a week or so of simple yoga poses and my hip is killing me. So I can do Triangle Chokes, but Triangle Pose is my downfall?

Well, such is the joys of fitness I suppose. It really gives you a nice kick in the ass, to let you know how much work you have yet to do. But that’s OK!

When I did jitz, one of the best and worst feeling in the world was the next morning when you were so sore. There is something about feeling all your hard work that makes you really appreciate it. Of course, I’m not sure I expected to feel it quite so soon in yoga, but there you have it.

So it is with this that my first day of this challenge is simply doing one pose, because I think I’d rather not be down and out before I’ve even started. I’m taking it easy the next day or two and being conservative.

My Dirty Yoga Co. Prep has 5 videos you learn poses in. I’ve done 101 and 102 so far (multiple times). It takes a lot for me to memorize something properly, so I’m trying to make sure to learn these well enough that when I hear the name, I can take the pose (even if it’s not perfect).

Since I’m hurting, I plan on this week just watching the videos and lightly learning some new poses, without stretching all the way into them correctly. Sometimes it can be hard to tell your limits, and I guess in my case I tried a little too much at once.

I’m not adding an official pose pic to this post, because I ran out of time trying to take one that came out with enough light. Next time!

Take the Leap: 30 day of yoga challenge with Sweat Pink and prAna!

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Come on y’all, Take the Leap with me!

Join prAna’s & Sweat Pink’s #TakeTheLeap 30 Days of Yoga Challenge and be eligible for a chance to win $500 worth of new prAna gear from their latest collection as well as gift an additional $500 worth of prAna gear to the person of their choice… because isn’t giving as important as receiving? They just launched their new Spring Collection so you best get on it!

When I think about yoga, the first thought that comes to mind is strength. Yoga motivates me and makes me feel energetic.

That’s why I am SO excited to participate in prAna’s Take The Leap 30 days of Yoga Challenge with Sweat Pink. I plan to Up Dog my way to more challenges and adventures in 2015!

For me, the biggest challenge when it comes to yoga is learning. Taking the Leap with prAna and Sweat Pink is a great way for me to find commitment.

My favorite place to yoga is my bedroom because it is so convenient.

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Here’s a photo of me doing my best to try to snap a plank. I’m using my Macbook’s photobooth to do this, since I couldn’t find my camera currently. Unfortunately, it gives you 3 seconds for the shot, and considering how new I am, that was not enough time to get in any pose! I barely even could get one of a plank (which is so simple). I will make sure to find my camera before the start of the challenge, however!

I’m tagging Kyle from Fatlas Shrugged. You can read his about page, here.

I want this fabulous blogger to share their very best yoga pose photos, this fun madlib and of course, I challenge them to join me on this fun 30 day yoga journey.

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If I win I would gift the $500 to Kelly (the one in PINK), because she is only 4’9″, 95 pounds, and a ninja (does jiu jitsu, gym, gym classes including yoga)! 

Kelly and I met each other in jiu jitsu years ago, and she has become one of my best friends. It just goes to show the people you can meet by going out and doing things.

Join the Take the Leap with prAna and Sweat Pink Facebook group / event which we’ll use for updates, sharing,and inspiration:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1525412337742204/
and event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/423377431152799

And join the challenge on Instagram, Twitter, and your blog using the hashtags: #TakeTheLeap  #prana #sweatpink

And of course, tag:  @prana @FitApproach

YOGA ON!

Want to play? Just copy/paste the above and fill in the blanks where I have bolded & italicized and make it your own. Or use this link for the template! If you can link this post as where you learned about this challenge in your post, I’d appreciate it!