I’m a huge fan of trying out Challenges. I think they are fun, motivating and well of course challenging at times. Whenever one pops up that interests me (mostly yoga, fitness and meditation) i’ll always sign up. I may or may not do the challenge, but I like to at least try and not miss out on something that could be beneficial.

This past week my husband and I have been doing a Yoga Pose Challenge that he found on Instagram from an amazing Yogi Woody Woodrow (highly recommend following him on Instagram or Twitter). It has been an awesome experience so far for the month of August, creating different scenery with the pose, photo editing to make it look even more amazing and just doing a challenge with someone else makes it more motivating. Even though it is a little time consuming and tough to take pictures of yourself and trying to make the pose look as good as you want it too 🙂

So I wanted to share with you the poses so far and their amazing benefits of doing them!! Give them a try and I’ve added links for extra information on how to do the poses if needed! Have fun and do some Yoga!

Warrior 1-

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Benefits

  • Strengthens your shoulders, arms, thighs, ankles and the muscles of your back.
  • Expands your chest, lungs and shoulders.
  • Stretches your hip flexors, abdomen, and ankles.
  • Develops stamina and endurance in your thighs and core muscles.
  • Stimulates abdominal organs and digestion.
  • Improves your balance, concentration, and core awareness.

http://www.myyogaonline.com/poses/standing/warrior-i-pose-virabhadrasana-i

 

Warrior II-

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Benefits

  • Strengthens your shoulders, arms, thighs, legs and ankles.
  • Stretches your groins, thighs, and ankles.
  • Expands your chest, lungs and shoulders.
  • Stimulates abdominal organs and digestion.
  • Increases stamina and endurance.
  • Rlieves backaches, especially through the second trimester of pregnancy.
  • Improves balance, concentration and core awareness.

http://www.myyogaonline.com/poses/standing/warrior-ii-pose-virabhadrasana-ii

Standing Side Stretch-

side stretch

 

Benefits

  • Improves posture
  • Strengthens thighs, knees, and ankles
  • Firms abdomen and buttocks
  • Relieves sciatica
  • Reduces flat feet

http://www.yogajournal.com/poses/492

Ragdoll Pose-

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Benefits

  • Calms the brain and helps relieve stress and mild depression
  • Stimulates the liver and kidneys
  • Stretches the hamstrings, calves, and hips
  • Strengthens the thighs and knees
  • Improves digestion
  • Helps relieve the symptoms of menopause
  • Reduces fatigue and anxiety
  • Relieves headache and insomnia
  • Therapeutic for asthma, high blood pressure, infertility, osteoporosis, and sinusitis

http://www.yogajournal.com/poses/478

High and Low Plank

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Benefits

  • Strengthens the arms, wrists, and spine
  • Tones the abdomen

http://www.yogajournal.com/poses/470

Upward Facing Dog

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Benefits

  • Expands your chest and shoulders.
  • Strengthens the muscles that control your shoulder blades.
  • Stretches your hip flexors and core musculature.
  • Strengthens your low back musculature.
  • Relieves some forms of low back pain.
  • Therapeutic for asthma sufferers as it opens your accessory muscles of breathing.

http://www.myyogaonline.com/poses/back-bends/upward-facing-dog-pose-urdhva-mukha-svanasana

Downward Facing Dog

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Benefits

  • Elongates and releases tension from your spine
  • Stretches your hamstrings, calves, arches, and hands
  • Strengthens your arms, shoulders, and back
  • Improves mobility of your digestive system
  • Relieves back pain, headaches, insomnia and fatique
  • Helps relieve the symptoms of menopause
  • Downward-Facing Dog is a mild inversion that calms the nervous system and helps relieve stress

http://www.myyogaonline.com/poses/forward-bends/downward-facing-dog-pose-adho-mukha-svanasana

Crescent Lunge

crescent lunge

 

Benefits:

  • Stretches the hip flexors and quadriceps

http://yoga.about.com/od/yogaposes/a/Crescent-Lunge-Pose-Anjaneyasana.htm