June Yoga Challenge Recap and Giveaway!!

It’s hard to believe June is almost over! Before I get to the giveaway, let’s talk about yoga. The June Yoga Challenge flew by!

Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life
Now that the challenge is over, I wanted to give a recap on how my experience with yoga has been in these past four weeks and my overall thoughts on doing yoga.

  1. Yoga as a beginner: Going into yoga as a true beginner (I had only done a class here and there a couple times in college), I was a little nervous. I didn’t know what any of the poses were etc. and was worried about following along. As a beginner, I felt I needed to do classes at a studio where I would get some one on one attention if I was doing the poses incorrectly. I’m really glad I decided to go the yoga studio route. It ended up not being too hard to follow along and my instuctors always gave modifications for the more advanced poses. I still felt like I was making a fool out of myself sometimes, but the instructors at my studio did a good job of reminding people that the practice is all about what your body needs and not what others are doing. I did lose balance a few times, but so did a lot of other people!
  2. Yoga attire: One thing I quickly noticed at my first class was that a long and tight top was necessary for me to be comfortable during my classes. When you’re always stretching and bending upside down, a top that stays in place is important. Being tall, it can be hard to find tops that are long enough for me. So far, the tops that work best for me are Lululemon Cool Racebacks and UnderArmour heat gear ribbed racerbacks. I’m hoping to invest in some new yoga tops in the near future! Completing the challenge calls for a reward, right? ;)
  3. Benefits of yoga: First, I always feel good after a yoga class. Even if I didn’t necessarily want to go to class because I was exhausted from work, I was always glad I went. The biggest benefit for me is that yoga ensures I get a good full body stretch because I don’t stretch enough on my own. Because I run, my leg muscles seem to get really tight and yoga helps keep them stretched out. I’ve also noticed that I’m getting a bit more toned from yoga. Planks will do that for ya! I know that many people praise yoga for its mental benefits too. I still don’t feel like I’m connecting in the whole, “Ohm” and “Namaste” sense, but maybe I will eventually. In the meantime, I try to chant “Ohm” and do my little bows without giggling :) .
  4. Overall thoughts: I really enjoy doing yoga and what it does for me. I have a long way to go before I’ll even be able to do my downward dog properly, but that’s one of the best things about yoga – just like running, you make the practice your own. It’s about going a little deeper into a pose than you did the last class, just like running a little faster or farther on a run. I’m going to continue going to classes at my studio at least twice a week and purchase another unlimited monthly pass when my current one expires. I’m really glad I started doing yoga and completed the challenge! Thanks for hosting it, Courtney!

SlimKicker Giveaway!

Speaking of challenges, the awesome people over at SlimKicker are looking for new diet and fitness challenges to add to their website and want to give away an Ozeri Digital Kitchen Scale to one of YOU lucky readers! SlimKicker is great healthy living website that motivates people to meet health and fitness goals by turning those goals into a game filled with points, rewards and challenges. You can track your healthy calories and exercises, complete challenges, and stay motivated by being entered to win prizes. Their website is a great resource for healthy recipes and they offer an iPhone app to help you keep track of everything and stay healthy on the go.

How can you enter this giveaway?

Leave a comment with a suggestion on a fun, creative fitness or diet challenge for Slimkicker. Maybe something like the yoga challenge where you vow to do yoga x times a week, or maybe a challenge to eat an extra serving of veggies each day. Be creative! In one week, they will pick their favorite challenge idea and that person will win the giveaway!

It’s as simple as that. Good luck!

*This giveaway is limited to US readers only.*

I was not compensated for this post.

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40 Responses to June Yoga Challenge Recap and Giveaway!!

  1. Man, I have been terrible this month. I think the June challenge will continue into July!
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  2. Jill says:

    I need help with goal-setting, so anything that gets me moving is what I need!

  3. Glad to hear the yoga-ing went well for you! It’s definitely something thats best in a studio – even if youve been practicing for a while! And of COURSE you deserve a few new yoga tops ;)

  4. Melissa says:

    Cut out all sugary drinks for a month!

  5. Cait's Plate says:

    Oooh I love this! For nutrition I’d say adding fruit and/or veggies into every meal and snack. And for fitness I would say to trying something new every week! Something active that you’ve never done before :)

    PS – Love your yoga challenge idea – I need to do that myself!
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    • Caroline says:

      Great ideas! I love the idea of trying a new fitness activity every week – that’s a great way to prevent the boredom that so many people use an excuse not to work out!

  6. So glad that you enjoyed yoga! And you are right about tighter fitting clothes.

    I would say that a goal I am working on is making sure to eat a fruit and vegetable along with a lean protein (nuts, beans, etc.) at all my meals. Breakfast was one where I was struggling.
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  7. corrie anne says:

    I always love a good burpee challenge!!!!!
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  8. I love this! My idea for a challenge would be to try to balance your meals and snacks with the three basic foundations…a complex carb, a lean protein, and a healthy fat. It’s amazing the difference you feel!
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  9. It would be cool to have a challenge where you try a new food each week.

  10. Have a mileage challenge…run X miles a week. That’s what got me in gear for training!
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  11. Kelly says:

    I think a good challenge would be is to eat a rainbow of produce though out the week. You would be surprised the colors you forget to include in your diet without even realizing it. Try eating dark leafy greens, a green , red, blue/purple vegetable or fruit every day and a yellow or orange one at least 3 times a week.

    P.S. I really want to try a yoga class again, I have in the past but never continued regularly. I think it would be good for me!
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  12. Liz Rice says:

    I’m challenging myself to do a longer plank each day than I did the day before!

    I’m glad you enjoyed yoga! It’s something I need to start doing again!

    • Caroline says:

      Great idea! I’ve done a plank challenge before but never tried to increase my time holding it – great way to add an extra oomph to a fitness challenge!

  13. Lacey says:

    Use ALL the veggies from my CSA before the next week’s comes!

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  15. Brandy says:

    My challenge for you is to create two new raw veggie dishes a week. I love the idea, personally and would love to read about what you create!

  16. jacqueline says:

    putting together a well balanced “breakfast for dinner” that includes something from each of the food groups!

  17. Cynthia says:

    My goal for the summer is to incorporate one or two new “HEALTHY” recipes (as my husband calls them) into our menu rotation. And I have to add that After Dinner Dance has been a go to blog/site for finding these recipes.

    I have also been adding lemon, mint, or some other fruit to my water. The added flavor entices me to drink more water.

  18. Natalie says:

    Something I try to do, and recommend, is eliminating all artificial sugar for a whole week and replacing it with a naturally sweet fruit instead. Then the following week I’ll give myself a break and allow myself a single serving of cake, cookie, etc. Then the next week, I’m back on!

    • Caroline says:

      Good idea! It can be hard to get around artificial sugar like Splenda. Fruit is a great way to knock out a sugar craving – though sometimes, you just need a cupcake!

  19. Claire says:

    How about cutting out sugary drinks like soda/juice?

    • Caroline says:

      Great idea! I gave up my beloved Diet Coke a while ago – it’s amazing how much more water you drink when you cut out soda!

  20. blessie says:

    Quit coffee and all caffeinated drinks for a week. Yeah, yeah I know some people say coffee is actually healthy and boosts your mood, but it’s a crutch. By quitting coffee, you’ll actually h!ve to rely on getting more sleep to feel awake, or getting some exercise.

  21. Lauren says:

    My diet idea is to NOT AVOID FAT. You need fat to live, it’s good for you, I promise ;) Not only do you need it for energy and for that extra padding around your organs and bones (try tripping at 93 lbs, OUCH) but you need it to absorb fat soluble vitamins (the DEKA vitamins, D, E, K & A) and they are structural components to many hormones! For this challenge you are to cut out all saturated & trans fat (the bad kinds of fat that can cause heart disease) and include Monounsaturated & polyunsaturated fats (the good kind!) incorporate avocado, olives, olive oil, peanut butter, fish (like salmon and trout that have tons of Omega 3′s!) and nuts in your diet. Your body will thank you! Let’s Take Back The Fat!

  22. Julie B. says:

    How about a challenge to try one vegetable recipe a day with a veggie you always thought you didn’t like (e.g. cauliflower) or never tried and make it edible in a fun and interesting way.

    • Caroline says:

      Love it! That’s kind of what I’ve been doing for the past year, just not daily. It’s easy when you used to not like any veggies at all :)

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