If you follow me on Instagram (@vanessajunkin), you probably noticed a bunch of photos me doing — or at least trying to do — a different yoga pose each day during August.
This was for a challenge that Soul Yoga Studio hosted last month. I meant to recap this earlier, but I’ve been busy!
Soul Yoga Studio had a chosen pose for each day, and participants were also supposed to finish the phrase “Today I am …” and tag the studio (@soulyogasalisbury).
Completing the challenge, which I did, came with a $31 credit to Soul Yoga Studio — which is obviously awesome — but I also enjoyed trying various poses I had never heard of before and also seeing some improvement in myself.
To me, it’s a little tough to tell how much I am improving at yoga. I take a class at Soul Yoga Studio most Mondays, which I enjoy, but it’s not like running, where you can easily compare race times to see if you are getting faster or not. This challenge helped show me that I am improving.
I think my biggest improvement was in my chaturanga pose. I had a photo from last November when I attempted a chaturanga during 30 Days of Planksgiving, and now, I can actually do the pose. Even though I can’t do a full crow pose, I also noticed some improvement there.
I also had fun trying new poses, even if I was pretty far off from the pictures I looked up online. As I noted before in a previous yoga post, it’s a practice.
It was also nice to receive positive feedback from friends on Instagram, and I had fun checking out the hashtag #soulyogachallenge to see fellow participants’ photos.
I also went to a Pint & Pose yoga/beer event at Evolution Craft Brewing Company last month, and that was so fun! I’m heading to Evo again for Bend & Brew — another yoga/beer event — on Tuesday, and I also signed up for Pints & Poses at Dogfish Head on Oct. 14.
If you want to see my poses for each day of the challenge, I put them all together in a Storify. Click here to see that.
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