#justbepresent yoga challenge december 2014 beachyogagirl kinoyoga aloyoga instagram

I posted this graphic on my instagram the other day. I am planning on participating on this yoga challenge hosted by @beachyogagirl@kinoyoga. If you're on instagram and into yoga, I'm sure you know who they are already. They both post inspirational photos/videos (usually on the beach since they're both from Florida!) and have a bunch of followers. I try not to compare myself to others though. To me, yoga is a way for me to be more in touch with myself and what my body needs. It means that I might not be as flexible or as strong as others, but that's okay! I still like looking at photos and videos of people doing yoga because it's amazing to see what the human body is capable of doing.

Anyway, I'll be participating in the #justbepresent yoga challenge, which is both exciting and terrifying:
1) I am welcome to being motivated to practice yoga everyday. I haven't really been present on my mat lately and I know that I need it.
2) By looking at the scheduled poses, I can already tell that I won't be able to do some of them. I am not trying to be pessimistic; I just know what my body is capable of. I think pushing myself to do something that I'm not ready to do yet would invite injury. My hamstrings are tight tight tight, headstands scare me still, and I can't do a handstand yet despite practicing for it (sporadically!).
3) Posting pictures of myself in yoga poses online makes me nervous because it's putting myself out there, for all the world to see and judge.

It kind of sounds like I'm trying to psyche myself out, but I have already made peace with all my qualms. I'm just going to do it. I just have to figure out the self-timer on my camera (or ask my husband to kindly take photos of me after he comes home from school every night!). XD

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I am interested to see the beginner variations on the poses that I can't do. :) Thankfully there are a lot of do-able poses! Check out that child's pose (24)! My fave! ;) If you are interested, follow me on instagram!

Do you guys do yoga? Would you ever do an online challenge like this? Anyone have any handstand tips?! :)


  1. I work just got way more stressful and I definitely need to find some time for yoga again!
    I practice Bikram yoga and it truly has worked for me although it does have its downside. Those 24 postures look much more complicated than the ones I practice, though.
    Good luck with your yoga challenge! :)

    1. I feel the same way about work. It's not a high-paced job or anything, but there is a lot of stuff that I need to do that keeps piling up and it's stressing me out when I think about how I'm gonna do it all before my "deadlines." Ugh. Definitely need to dedicate some time to not think about that sort of stuff!

      I have never tried Bikram! I want to try it at least once though. I have done flow/vinyasa yoga in a heated room, which was super intense. So. Much. SWEAT! And yeah... I consider myself a beginner/intermediate, and some of those poses are very intimidating... eep!

  2. I do a bit of yoga three times a week. I love that it relaxes me, makes my muscles more supple and tones my body.

    1. Three times a week is pretty good! I also love that yoga relaxes me. I feel like my anxiety has lessened a lot. Also, it feels so great! Love what it does for my back. *melts*