Fanfare for February Yogis!
Om Shanti and Congrats!
Last night at midnight, the February edition of Yoga Journal's 21 Day Challenge ended, and it was an impressive showing. Collectively, we logged nearly 23,895 minutes of meditation, and 2,053 yoga practices. Fifty of us made it to 50%, and thirteen got to 100% or beyond. Bravo!
This month we had five teams participate, including a team from Argentina. A special shout-out goes to Team "No challenge is too BIG for us newbies!!" This band of ladies met on the site, and pulled together to make sure each team member made it to 100% of the challenge or beyond — even though none had done much, if any, yoga before. We heart them!
SO, the challenge is over, and LONG LIVE THE CHALLENGE! Yes, we're making the 21-Day Challenge a regular monthly series. If you want to keep your daily yoga practice going, with support from your new best friends, stick around. We're also kicking off a few other challenges which you might enjoy.
On March 1st, the Digital Junkie Challenge begins, our first ever "digital detox." We also have a more moderate yoga challenge designed especially for one exercise-challenged NYC chef, but wide open to all. (Chefs need all the support around exercise they can get!) And, of course, you can always start your own challenge on Social Workout at any time. See the links below!
Thanks to everyone for your spirit and willingness to support each other in February. We are stronger when we stand together. Onward, yogis, to face new challenges together!
Social Workout & Yoga Journal
Yoga Journal 21-Day Challenge: March Edition
The Chef's Yoga Challenge
The Digital Junkie Challenge
Browse All Social Workout Challenges
Tuesday Finish Line!
Day. Twenty. One. Hooray! Just one beautiful Tuesday left in our challenge, i.e. TODAY, and it's all yours for a great practice, and healthy meals, and deep meditation. Make it count. Next stop, the big challenge wrap up, and virtual celebration....
NEWBIE: Yoga for Restful Sleep with Jason Crandell
Wind down with this sequence of shoulder and hip openers and forward folds to soothe your nervous system and mind.
NOT A NEWBIE: Side Bends with Jason Crandell
This sidebending practice will help your entire practice and your activities off the mat.
If you ever need an extra boost of inspiration to get on your mat, consider this: Just 20 minutes of yoga a day can actually change your genes. Scientists have found that stress-related genes change behavior in the face of the relaxation response, which is invoked during yoga and other meditative techniques.
TODAY'S RECIPE: Zucchini-Goat Cheese Pizza
Cheese pizza is a perennial veg favorite, but it often comes with a hefty calorie count. Here, goat cheese and thinly sliced veggies offer lighter alternatives to shredded mozzarella.