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Get In On This Challenge!

by Courtney on October 1, 2012

Hey, friends! How was your weekend? Fun-filled, I hope! Here’s what was happening around here…

But really, I’ve got other things to talk about this morning. Fun things.

So we did this back in June. But now, I’m bringin’ it back again…

october yoga challenge

It’s the return of the Yoga Challenge, baby!

Admittedly, I really fell off the yoga bandwagon last month; I think I was lucky if I got in maybe 4 sessions total? And I always kick myself for it because I really do feel so awesome when I do it consistently.

So now, with the start of a new month (and a recently purchased Groupon deal for 5 yoga classes at a local studio) I’m once again taking the challenge to, once again, incorporate more yoga into my life…and I hope that you’ll all join me!

If you do, I even made you this fun, festive button to add to your blog, too.

Grab button for Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life

Can you tell I love all things fall/Halloween/October? Winking smile

This time around, I’m keeping things the same as they were in June, so here’s what we’ve got on tap…

So…What’s the Challenge?

  • For me, I’m challenging myself to incorporate three sessions of a yoga a week into my workout routine. The length of sessions doesn’t matter – 45 minutes, 30 minutes, 10 minutes – as long as I do three sessions.
  • If you want to join in on the challenge but you think three sessions would be too much (or too little!) then you can create your own yoga challenge.
    • Maybe you want to master a new pose?
    • Maybe you want to finally try out that hot yoga studio down the street?
    • Maybe this is going to be your first-ever attempt at down dog?
    • It’s totally up to you!

What if I don’t have any yoga equipment/studios/DVD’s?

How will I check in? (dates have been edited*)

  • On Mondays, I’m going to do a recap post of how the week went for myself (did I get all 3 sessions in, how am I feeling, etc…) and I would encourage you to do the same. I will have a link-up (similar to WIAW) where you’ll be able to link your own recap post, so this way we can all help cheer each other on! Our first one will be Monday, October 8th.
  • If you don’t have a blog, but still want to include a recap, email me with a small snippet by Sunday at 5pm (sweettoothcourtney[@]gmail[.]com) and I’ll include it in my own post.
  • You can tweet and/or Instagram about the challenge using the hashtag #myyogachallenge. This way, we can all follow along throughout the month (and use it for encouragement when we may need it!)

I think I’m looking forward to this challenge even more than I was the first challenge, and I’m reeeeeally hoping that you guys will get psyched about it too. If there’s any other questions, or anything I missed, feel free to ask.

So now…who’s going to take the October Yoga Challenge?!?

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1 Erica { EricaDHouse.com } October 1, 2012 at 8:06 am

What a great challenge! I’m the same way with yoga – never get around to doing it but always feel fantastic when I do. It’s so strange that yoga is the one type of fitness activity that seems to be like that for most people!
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2 Melanie October 1, 2012 at 8:11 am

Yes I’m in! I’m so happy you decided to host the yoga challenge again and LOVE the sweet badge! Namaste…
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3 Brittany @ Protein And Pumps October 1, 2012 at 8:12 am

I recently set a goal to incorporate yoga at least once a week because I always put it off yet feel so good after I do it. So I’m down for the challenge : )
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4 Kristy @Kristy's Health Revolution October 1, 2012 at 8:14 am

My very favorite yoga DVD’s of all time are the MTV yoga series with Kristin McGee — I’ve tried a LOT of yoga DVD’s, but those two I could do again and again.

I’m so in on this! I’ve noticed some serious tightness in my back/legs this month from all the half-marathon training and not enough stretching. I could use this challenge before my race next month!
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5 Lauren October 1, 2012 at 8:17 am

Wow, this is one challenge I really should jump on. Sadly, I know I’ll fail at it this month with travel and a crazy teaching schedule. I WILL increase my yoga though! :)
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6 Lea @ Greens and Coffee Beans October 1, 2012 at 8:22 am

I’m definitely in! I loved the challenge back in June, and I’ve been neglecting my yoga practice lately. This challenge is just what I need!
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7 Danica @ It's Progression October 1, 2012 at 8:25 am

I did yoga yesterday and kept thinking to myself that I need to do this often! I too feel so good when I incorporate more yoga into my routine…I’m in! :)
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8 Megan@funsizedfitness October 1, 2012 at 8:25 am

I love the Jillian Michaels Yoga Meltdown video! Not sure if I’m going to commit to the yoga challenge, but I’m definitely going to try to incorporate more stretching into my daily workouts :)
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9 Coco October 1, 2012 at 8:33 am

I’m totally in! Adding the button to my blog now :)
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10 Coco October 1, 2012 at 9:16 am

I just wrote a post about the challenge on my blog and linked to your blog! Hope you don’t mind :-) I’m pumped!
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11 Bethany October 1, 2012 at 8:36 am

I’m TERRIBLE about following through with yoga. We’ve been doing yoga as part of (most of) our warm-up for modern class – does that count towards my sessions if I do the challenge?

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12 Courtney October 1, 2012 at 8:53 am

Sure!! The more people, the merrier :)

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13 Heather@YSP October 1, 2012 at 8:46 am

I’m in. I’m keeping it simple with 1-2 yoga sessions per week, at home, with my DVDs. :) I just want to slowly incorporate it.
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14 Kristin October 1, 2012 at 9:01 am

I’m definitely in! I did it with you a few months back and loved it. Lucky for me, my job offers yoga once a week during lunch :-) That means 2 other sessions on my own. I can do this!

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15 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More October 1, 2012 at 9:01 am

I’m definitely IN! I’ve been finding that I need more yoga in my life lately, for physical and mental strength, so I am in! 3 sessions per week seems like the perfect thing for me.
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16 Elaine October 1, 2012 at 9:02 am

What a great idea! I started taking yoga and pilates classes about a year ago. I honestly look forward to it each week. It’s a very different workout, but I leave feeling very calm and invigorated. October is a crazy busy month for me, but I will try to push myself to attend a few more classes if my schedule allows it :)
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17 Lindsey October 1, 2012 at 9:04 am

I need to do this! My goal is go to yoga twice a week, one harder class and one easy/light class. Thanks for doing this again!
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18 Karleen October 1, 2012 at 9:10 am

I want to do this so bad! I don’t have a blog but I will check in with you guys every Friday as well. It’s ridiculous how much I dislike stretching and yoga when it should be something that I should be taking seriously. My body is so tight and I workout and still play sports so I feel as though sometimes my hamstrings are so tight that they’re going to pop! Not a good feeling to be having at all. So I’m in:)

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19 Natalie @ Free Range Human October 1, 2012 at 9:12 am

Sounds fun! I’m in!
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20 Jana @ Newly Wife Healthy Life October 1, 2012 at 9:18 am

I am thinking this may be a great challenge for me.. :) I find that as much as I love yoga and how it makes my body feel, I struggle with fitting in the time for it during my day. I think sometimes I assume I can do cardio and strength training much faster than an hour of yoga could be. I need to remind myself a yoga session doesn’t have to be long! 10 or 20 minutes of yoga a week can definitely add up too!
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21 Laurie @ Love, Laugh, Laurie October 1, 2012 at 9:43 am

I need to do this because I failed HARDCORE with the June challenge! Hopefully I can make this one work!
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22 Yellow Haired Girl October 1, 2012 at 10:14 am

I think I should do this. I don’t do it NEAR enough … but always am reminded of how much I love it when I do!
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23 BakingSuit October 1, 2012 at 10:26 am

I didn’t do too well last time, but I’ll try again!
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24 Becky Przy October 1, 2012 at 10:26 am

I don’t have a blog, but I will be doing the yoga challenge! I am excited because I also get to hear Chris Freytag speak this weekend:-)

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25 Beks October 1, 2012 at 10:27 am

I’m game. I just restarted Jamie Eason’s LiveFit trainer, and the first month is all weight training. I know I’m going to need something to stretch out my body afterward. Also, my mom wants to start doing some yoga, so maybe I can get her to join me!
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26 Rachel October 1, 2012 at 10:38 am

I’ll try :) I’m more of a Pilates person though lol
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27 kristin October 1, 2012 at 10:40 am

I am going to try again hopefully I am more successful then the last time

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28 Maria October 1, 2012 at 11:05 am

Love this challenge! I am dealing with some knee pain and cannot run at the moment, so yoga is key for me right now. Excited to participate!
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29 Luvena October 1, 2012 at 11:06 am

Awesome challenge!! I have been toying with the idea of taking up yoga but I don’t my gym only has classed during the hours I am at work. So THANK YOU for the DVD recommendations.

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30 Sienna October 1, 2012 at 11:15 am

I’m in! I’m going to aim for at least one 30 minute session of yoga/week.

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31 Courtney October 1, 2012 at 11:19 am

YAY Sienna!
We’ll make sure to incorporate that into your weekly training plan then ;)

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32 Linda October 1, 2012 at 11:33 am

I am in! For my first contortion….. getting that button on the my blog!

Thanks Court!
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33 Erin October 1, 2012 at 11:51 am

Yes!! I need this!

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34 Tanya October 1, 2012 at 12:09 pm

I will, looking forward to it!

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35 Jessamy @ The Rambling Asian October 1, 2012 at 12:16 pm

Of course I am on the challenge!!! :)
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36 Lauren @The Homeostatic Mindset October 1, 2012 at 1:27 pm

Ooooh! I’ve really wanted to get back into yoga and this may be just to push I need!!! Thanks, Courtney! :)
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37 Kelsey@ kelseyruns October 1, 2012 at 2:07 pm

I’m so in! I love yoga but somehow I never find the time to get a class in. This is the motivation I’ve been looking for :)
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38 Beth M October 1, 2012 at 2:47 pm

I am so in. I have also slacked a bit in the past couple months on yoga, even though I know that when I do it I feel better! For yoga newbies, or anyone else really, I recommend doing some of Tara Stiles videos on youtube, or she has a couple of DVD’s out there too. Good luck everyone :)

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39 Julia October 1, 2012 at 4:00 pm

Definitely in! I’m going to try and do yoga on Sunday afternoons all month and also to incorporate at least one other session into my week!

I’d love to add the button to my blog, but I just launched mine so I don’t exactly know how! Can anyone help? I’m a newbie :)
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40 Courtney October 1, 2012 at 4:03 pm

Hey Julia! If you go into your Wordpress dashboard, you’ll probably see a tab along the left that says ‘appearance.’ When you scroll over that, you should see “widgets” as an option – click on that. Once you’re there, you should see various boxes to add to your sidebars. Choose a “text” box, copy and paste the code from my blog directly, and you should be all set!

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41 Sam @ Better With Sprinkles October 1, 2012 at 4:46 pm

Sounds like an awesome idea! I’m thinking that I need to add a bit more yoga in my life – I love it but I don’t do it nearly enough!
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42 Emma October 1, 2012 at 5:09 pm

I’m excited about this!! I’m already off to a good start since I did a mini session this AM =)
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43 Hannah October 1, 2012 at 5:47 pm

This will be a super-stressful month for me in the school department, so I already know I am definitely going to be needing some relaxation. I am going to take the challenge and challenge myself to incorporate yoga into my workout schedule at least 2 x per week!
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44 Hannah October 1, 2012 at 5:58 pm

This may sound silly, but I am new to the blogging world…can anyone tell me how I post the button to my blog? Thanks!
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45 Courtney October 1, 2012 at 6:24 pm

Check out my comment above to Julia! That should help :)

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46 Hannah October 1, 2012 at 8:57 pm

Thanks! I’ll give it a try :)
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47 Jillian October 1, 2012 at 8:01 pm

Im in! My challange is to try yoga for the first time. I need 10 hours of personal wellness for a class and this is going to be it. So I need 10 hours by the end of the month.

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48 Brooke Tewell October 1, 2012 at 8:16 pm

I will definitely be joining in, button is already on my blog :)
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49 Becki @Fight4Wellness October 1, 2012 at 9:04 pm

I’m all over this! I rarely do yoga and have been saying that I really need to do it more often. This is a perfect opportunity to start.
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50 Lindsey @ Pas de Deux October 1, 2012 at 9:04 pm

I’m in! Such a fun button, I can’t resist :-)
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51 Kymberly Swope October 1, 2012 at 11:15 pm

I am so in. I did yoga today too! I am actually trying to do it daily or most days of the week.
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52 Lynn October 1, 2012 at 11:17 pm

Other than 10 pound slim down any 20 minute DVD recommendations? I think I have to start shorter and work up to a longer workout, but I think incorporating yoga would do wonder for my hip flexors!

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53 Min October 2, 2012 at 5:48 am

Yay! I love you for starting this! Count me In!!! I can’t wait to try those DVDs and of course the free downloads! It may be a challenge as I ended my gym membership, meaning no more instructors to push me. But this is good…I also like this particular one http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gw51-WHaD_A&feature=related. Very similar to my classes.
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54 Leanne October 2, 2012 at 7:23 am

Hey Min! I just happened to see your comment here :D! I’m joining too ;) I love watching YouTube for yoga practice ideas! This particular one I hadn’t seen before :) Happy Yoga this month! Love, Leanne
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55 Libby October 2, 2012 at 5:58 am

Fun! I run alot and do pilates 3-4 times a week. I have always wanted to give yoga a try. I think I will start off with doing a session on Friday evenings, kick off the weekend right and might help my long runs on Saturday mornings! I might need some new yoga pants though;)

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56 Courtney October 2, 2012 at 10:29 am

Hahaha, yes you do!! ;)

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57 Leanne October 2, 2012 at 6:50 am

Oh my… I really don’t have time for this but I’m SO IN! I wanna do more yoga and my challenge will be to incorporate yoga into my daily routine so it will cost me the least amount of time for optimal benefits :D I want to stretch my muscles more, I’m working out 4 or 5 times a week but I don’t stretch enough.. yoga could really help me with this! Happy October! Love, Leanne
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58 Bek @ Crave October 2, 2012 at 6:59 am

Awesome! I’m not much of a yoga fanatic but really should partake for the stretching and mental benefits- however I feel if I did I just wouldn’t commit to it enough. Maybe when I’m on uni break and if you have another :) I’ll definitely be here encouraging haha
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59 Leanne October 2, 2012 at 7:21 am

http://eatandgetmoving.wordpress.com/2012/10/02/october-yoga-challenge-2012-jump-on-board-now/

Yeah! just uploaded my vow to join the challenge ;-) Thanks for hosting Courtney!
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60 Courtney October 2, 2012 at 10:28 am

WOO HOO!! :)

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61 Mollie @Sprinkles of Life October 2, 2012 at 10:12 am

Wow! I feel like your June yoga challenge was just a few weeks ago!! HOW is it October already?!?! Oh well, I’m not complaining, it’s my favorite time of year!
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62 Courtney October 2, 2012 at 10:22 am

I agree! :)

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63 Genevieve Cadorette October 2, 2012 at 2:27 pm

Hi! I love this – I’d like to try this! I do yoga almost everyday but I’d like to challenge myself to master some moves: king pigeon (both legs), and maybe another move or two! Can’t wait to get started.

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64 Courtney October 2, 2012 at 3:05 pm

Sounds great!

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65 Brittany @ Delights and Delectables October 2, 2012 at 4:09 pm

How fun!! I need to do more yoga!! My goal is twice a week! Gotta start small…
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66 Joy October 3, 2012 at 5:55 am

I am in! Did my first class last night :-) my goal is two studio classes and one home one

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67 Michelle @ EFTB October 4, 2012 at 2:09 am

Love this! I have such an on-again off-again relationship with yoga, but when I’m in a yoga rhythm I feel invincible. I was just mentioning how I would like to incorporate more yoga into my routine again and Julie at http://abetterlifewithburgers.blogspot.com/ recommended I check this out. I’m in!
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68 Courtney October 4, 2012 at 6:58 am

YAY! That’s great news, Michelle. Welcome to the challenge!

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69 Maria @ Little Miss Cornucopia October 4, 2012 at 11:47 pm

I’d love to sign up for this too! I’m having a problem adding the button to my blog though. Usually, it’s a simple copy/paste, right? not sure why it doesn’t like me today :] Has anyone else has issues with this? Loooove this idea btw :] X
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70 Courtney October 5, 2012 at 9:43 am

Hmmmm, yes it usually is copy and paste, but you would have to add it as a text widget. Did you try it that way?

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71 Sarah October 9, 2012 at 7:21 pm

Just came across this challenge!!!! SOOOO excited :) Thank you Courtney for coming up with this idea, purely brilliant. Can’t wait to get my yoga on and start releasing the tightness!
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72 Adaline February 24, 2013 at 2:47 am

I missed the opportunity!! When you will go to next challenge?? I love to join the booty challenge.

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