The 21st Century Guide to Yoga Challenges
Posted on April 28 2018
Yoga challenges are all the rage on the internet. These challenges range from challenges meant to help people get more into yoga and get more benefits or develop their practice from challenges that are just meant to be funny and sometimes impressive.
You’ve probably seen a number of them while scrolling through YouTube. You may have even tried a few out!
A 30-day yoga challenge is what first got me into a practice, and it’s what I turn to when I need a kick start to my habit after I fall off the wagon.
So, if you’ve ever been curious about what yoga challenges are out there either for entertainment purposes or an interest in doing them for yourself, here are the six most popular challenges out there right now:
The Boyfriend Yoga ChallengeWhile yoga is not gender specific by any means, it’s still an activity that mostly appeals to women. As such, there have been a lot of videos on the internet of a couple trying out yoga for the first time. This has two different types:
- The first type is that of girls having boys try yoga out for the first time. As you can imagine, this is pretty hilarious. They often are given really easy poses at first, and then as they go on the poses get more and more difficult. There are some catastrophic fails and it’s a bit of a guilty pleasure to watch.
- The second type is still funny, but the catastrophic fails are a little more scary. These challenges are for poses that require two people, typically a couple, to complete. When they fall or fail the pose, it can have some pretty painful consequences. Are we bad people if we still want to watch them anyways? Sorry!
30-Day Yoga ChallengeThe 30-Day challenge is pretty self-explanatory. It’s where you do a yoga video every day for 30 days. There are some different versions of this. Some are less days, some are more, some use the same video every day, some have a different video every day. It’s really just there to help people that are new to yoga to develop a habit of it, as well as to help people who want to get back into a yoga habit. So, there’s definitely room for some personal preference here if you’re trying to take on a challenge that will actually have some great benefits to it!
Acro Yoga ChallengeAcro yoga is a combination of acrobatics and yoga. It’s about bending and holding your body in ways that look interesting, difficult, and often beautiful. The acro yoga challenge is about who can complete the most insane poses. This challenge is often done with photos, but there are videos online too. This challenge is also mostly done by advanced yogis, so I don’t recommend a newbie yogi tries it out unless they don’t mind falling on their faces a time or two!
I do recommend checking it out online though. The results of this challenge are amazing and are really a testament to the fact that anything is possible with yoga!
Mom & Daughter Yoga ChallengeThe mom and daughter yoga challenge is similar to the partner challenge. The only difference is that they’re poses done by only mothers and daughters. Part of the challenge often includes symbolism in the poses such as the mother empowering the daughter and raising her up. I recommend this challenge for yogis of any level because it’s not too difficult, it’s not particularly risky, and it’s a great way to bond with your mother or your daughter!
The Inversion Yoga ChallengeThe Inversion Challenge is more about the where than the what. It’s about doing inversions (handstands) in as cool of places as you can find and snapping a photo there. There are lots of photos on beaches, on cliffs, on bridges, and every else you can imagine. While this challenge is pretty straightforward and is easy for those who are skilled at inversions, it can be pretty risky. So, if you take this one on, be sure to use caution when doing inversions somewhere that you might hurt yourself!
There you have it!
You’re now completely up to speed on what yoga challenges are out there in the world and how you can take part.
Now, get your camera ready, your partner ready, and make sure the weather is photo-ready and get your yoga on!
Just… don’t forget to record it or take a photo. Becuase, well, you know. If you didn’t document it, it didn’t happen! Such is the way of our modern world…