Have you ever thought of the idea of doing a yoga challenge? Whether you’re curious about how to start your own home practice, or you’d like to rededicate yourself to a daily yoga routine, an Offline/online 21-day yoga challenge is a great way to receive inspiration and guidance from the comfort of your home. And what better than New Year 2020 to start with the new fitness regime #NewYearResolution
2020 Goals for A 21-DAY YOGA CHALLENGE
Participating in a 21-day yoga challenge means committing to practicing yoga every day for 21 days straight But it’s about more than just doing asana (yoga poses) each day. A 21-day yoga challenge represents a personal commitment you make to yourself for a better physical and mental health. It can often be easier to find time for work, family, and friends than to make time for ourselves. A 21-day yoga challenge offers you a structure for creating time each day to nurture yourself.
If you find it challenging to make it to class at a local gym or studio, practicing along with a dedicated yoga challenge video at whatever time of day works for you could be just the thing to jumpstart your yoga practice.
In addition to allowing you to create your own practice schedule, an online yoga challenge gives you the opportunity to revisit your favourite classes, move at your own pace, and choose a teacher who inspires you. There are opportunities for connecting with fellow participants via comment sections, forums, Facebook groups, and challenge-specific hashtags( #KhushiSeYoga , #21DayYogaChallenge , #2020LifeGoals). And if you enjoy practicing with others, you can invite a friend to join you for added encouragement and accountability.
In addition to online offerings, We will offer yoga challenges in which you attend in-studio classes, each day, for 21 days. An at-home challenge can also be a great preparation for, or complement to, a studio challenge.
WHY HAVE A DAILY PRACTICE?
A yoga challenge can seem intimidating if you’re not accustomed to doing yoga every day—so start out small! Commit to practice for as little as 10 or 15 minutes a day, and a little yoga every day can be a lot more beneficial than practicing for longer periods of time only occasionally.
Because it gets you practicing regularly, a 21-day yoga challenge can help you build confidence in your practice. Much like learning the positions of your fingers on a piano or guitar, new yoga postures will often be unfamiliar at first; but as your daily practice continues, your body remembers! The more poses you commit to muscle memory, the easier it will be to dedicate yourself to a daily practice—and the stronger your body will become. The benefits of yoga will typically be experienced any time you practice, but establishing a daily routine helps you to reap those benefits on a regular basis.
Yoga challenges undeniably help you to improve your asana practice. More importantly, however, they allow you to begin to experience the effects of a consistent yoga practice on your day-to-day life. While you may notice improvements in your strength and flexibility, you may also notice more subtle benefits such as improved mood and attitude and better sleep patterns. According to a recent Harvard Medical School study, yoga can even help with anxiety and depression. Dedicating yourself to your practice—making time for even a quick sequence every day—may have lasting effects on your overall physical health.
Prep TO SUCCEED WITH A 21-DAY YOGA CHALLENGE
If the thought of beginning a 21-day yoga challenge is overwhelming—don’t worry. There are many ways to set yourself up for success! Here are some tips for overcoming a few of the obstacles that many of us face when beginning a yoga challenge.
Many people find it easy to start a new challenge and commit to it if it is performed in a group. We will be daily live streaming our yoga practice and uploading the videos on YouTube channel. We will be forming groups to encourage you everyday to practice and not miss the practice.
Many people find new activities more bearable when they embark upon them with a friend. Find a friend who is willing to join you for a 21- or 30-day yoga challenge! You and your practice buddy can either meet up in person, or practice on your own and simply encourage each other with daily texts and check-ins. Inspire each other and hold each other accountable, and you may discover that getting on your mat each day is much easier than you thought. Plus, having a friend along for the ride can make the challenge a lot more fun.
Don’t begin with unrealistic expectations! If you’ve never practiced yoga before, don’t expect to command advanced poses after just 21 of yoga. Or if you’re strapped for time, don’t set an unrealistic goal of a 90-minute practice every day. It may be more reasonable to shoot for a shorter practice—60, 30, or 15 minutes a day, for example. Once you feel more comfortable in your practice and have an idea of what to expect, you can then commit yourself to more challenging goals. When you set achievable goals, you get to celebrate their completion! Which brings us to the next point…
Throughout your 21 days you’re sure to make some noticeable strides. Give yourself credit along the way! Pat yourself on the back for getting on the mat each day, knowing that that in itself is a huge achievement. Acknowledge when you keep your daily practice promise, even when you didn’t want to or when your schedule seemed overwhelming. Celebrating victories—whether small or large—will help make your 21-day yoga challenge fulfilling.
CHOOSE SOMETHING, AND STICK WITH IT
Establishing a daily practice will be hard if you’re not enjoying what you are doing. Take a few days to experiment with different teachers and different styles of yoga in order to see what works for you—from vinyasa flow, to yin yoga, to Ashtanga yoga, there are many types of practice to explore. Begin by watching different videos to see what style of yoga resonates with you. And while it’s okay if one day you really feel like a power yoga practice and another day you prefer moving slowly and meditating more, do your best to stick with your selected practice for the entire time. Most teachers will be progressively adding on to their program each day, so unless you absolutely hate it, it will be worth seeing the challenge through to the end. The deeper you dive into a practice, the more likely you are to stick with it.
TRACK YOUR PRACTICE
One of the best ways to keep yourself motivated throughout a yoga challenge is to track your progress. Join Our KhushiSeYoga whatsapp group or Start a journal or find a mobile app that can help you do this as it will make the challenge more manageable and fun. Plus, you’ll see in one place all the progress you’ve made. If you choose to write in your journal, don’t include just your feelings, struggles, and wins, but consider also keeping a literal log of the amount of time spent in each of your chosen practices. By the end of the challenge, you may notice tangible improvements in the amount of time you’ve committed to your practice each day. And throughout the process, you’ll be given real metrics that will help you measure your progress, as well as tangible tools to help you understand yourself better by the time you’re done.
Sign up for a 21-day yoga challenge, and discover the difference that daily practice can make.
TRY OUR ONLINE YOGA CHALLENGES
Now you know more about embarking on a 21-day yoga challenge. Are you ready to get started? We can help you with that. At KhushiSeYoga, we provide a Family that offers you access to carefully curated challenges—from beginner to advanced—each designed with a specific focus in mind, allowing you to choose one that aligns with your practice needs and goals. You can stream yoga classes wherever and whenever you want to practice. Videos are available anytime, anywhere.
Best Yogis who complete the challenge win amazing goodies from KhushiSeYoga.
We invite you to join us. Come learn with us at KhushiSeYoga—today!