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We always have tons of yoga challenges on Insta where you can participate, connect, practice, get inspired… and maybe win something cool!

We always have tons of yoga challenges on Insta where you can participate, connect, practice, get inspired… and maybe win something cool!

THESE CHALLENGES ARE GOING ON RIGHT NOW! HERE’S HOW IT WORKS:

1. FOLLOW

Start by making sure you’re following @aloyoga, all hosts and all additional sponsors on Instagram.

2. post

Post a photo every day that the challenge runs (anywhere from 10 days to a month), include all the challenge hashtags and spread the love to your fellow participants! Bonus points if you hashtag #aloyoga, so we can follow along with you on your journey.

3. yay

Hosts will pick one winner per challenge… they’ll be featured on this page!

Questions? Shoot us an email at challenges@aloyoga.com

#ALOtoloveyoga
DETAILS:
All poses will be inspired by the loving Valentine’s Day season to include heart openers and self hugs (forward folds)

Day1: Standing Forward Fold

Day2: Standing Backbend

Day3: Seated Forward Fold

Day4: Seated Heart Opener

Day5: Hybrid Forward Fold

Day6: Hybrid Backbend

Day7: Reclined Forward Fold

Day8: Reclined Backbend

Day9: Choice Forward Fold

Day10: Choice Backbend

#AloAsanaExpressions

Details:

The idea is to present a traditional pose each day, but express your individuality by making it your own. Day 1 could be down dog, yet it’s personalized by adding a twist or doing turbo dog or three legged dog, for example.

Hosts will present a variant on the given pose and participants can copy or come up with their own fun and unique idea.

A variety of poses will be presented to create an inclusive and supportive challenge. Allowing participants to express themselves and show their individual styles and levels of practice. We want to appeal to all levels and make this challenge accessible to everyone.

POSES:
- Down dog
- Crow
- Plank
- Wheel
- Splits
- Camel
- Lizard
- Shoulder stand
- Pincha
- Yogi’s Choice

#ALOlovethyself

Details: 

The month of February is traditionally associated with romance and that's why people call it "the month of love".
While we constantly get reminded how important is to love others, to forgive them and accept them as they are, it can be easy to forget that we should practice the same with ourselves.
Can we really love others without loving ourselves first?
Only through a solid relationship with ourselves, we are going to be able to build relationships (romantic and non) with others.
We hope this challenge will inspire people to be loving, forgiving and caring with themselves.
Love thyself so that you can love others in a healthier way!

#aloboutpositivity
Our theme is #aloboutpositivity aka what you focus on will grow so you might as well make it something positive. The lineup of the poses are a combo of the hosts favorite poses that make us feel good. Everyday we intent to share why that particular pose makes us feel good. The last pose of the challenge is yogis choice where the participants can share their favorite poses that make them feel good and positive. We also came up with giving the participants options (eg pincha or dolphin) so that more people from all yoga backgrounds can easily participate. 
 
Here’s the lineup: 
 
(1) Dancer Pose 
(2) Pincha or Dolphin 
(3) Splits or Half Splits 
(4) Forward Fold 
(5) Variations of Crow 
(6) Boat Pose 
(7) Lunge 
(8) Pigeon 
(9) Headstand  
(10) Yogi’s Choice

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#Moveinto2020 💫
Details: "When it comes to the asana practice we mostly think about flexibility and strength. Both should and can help us to gain more freedom in our bodies.
But what about mobility? And where are the differences ?
There is this huge misunderstanding that if you stretch enough you will remain mobile and ready to move. But mobility is not simply stretching. Mobility refers to the capacity to move using active, stable and controlled motion. Mobility is body control. It should be part of your practice to maximize movement capacity, safely , efficiently and effectively. Maintaining joint mobility is key for preserving long term health and longevity. It helps injury prevention. And on top a wide range of motion will give you more freedom in your body and movement, more productivity and vitality.
So join us for a journey of asanas, trying to transform liability into controlled strength and strength to a wide range of motion."

#AloFlippingForWinter

Flipping poses by inverting them and/or working on both sides to bring strength and a sense of balance to the body.  

Hosts will present a variant on the given pose to challenge participants and help them grow in their practice.  

A variety of levels will be presented to create an inclusive and supportive challenge.  

 Poses:

 

Pigeon

Tree

Crow

Lotus

Splits

Dancer

Frog

Eagle

Chair

Yogi’s Choice

#AloGratefulSouls
Gratitude is one way to maintain happiness, and one of the things many people often forget. We would love to remind everyone how gratitude feels at no cost.

#YogisYamaNiyamas2

We’re back for round 2!

The yamas and the niyamas are the first two practices of yoga according to Patanjali, an ancient Indian thinker and sage. These principles could be considered the yogi’s handbook to a life well lived and are yogas ethical and moral codes. These codes may be the missing keys to finding true yogic strength, power, and transformation, on and off the mat.

The five yamas ask practitioners to avoid violence, lying, stealing, wasting energy, and possessiveness, while the five niyamas ask us to embrace cleanliness and contentment, to purify ourselves through heat, to continually study and observe our habits, and to surrender to something greater than ourselves. Practicing the ethical codes from every perspective helps fortify the concepts within the body and the mind. What you practice, you become and in turn, allows for less regret and a more peaceful mind.

This challenge is open to all levels and abilities!

#aloboutstrengthandlength

Yoga has the power to both strengthen and lengthen your muscles. So if your New Year’s resolution involves getting stronger or increasing your flexibility, yoga is the way! Join us in this challenge as we demonstrate how different poses and flows can help you achieve your goals.

#Aloupsidedown
As the New Year is here, we want to invite everyone to join us for a 10 day yoga challenge #ALOupsidedown.
In this challenge we will explore 10 different ways to invert. Each day we will pick out something to focus on which will enhance our personal practice and also make make us grow as a yogi and as a person.

List of Poses:
Day 1. Down Dog : Being humble.
Day 2. Forward fold : Letting go
Day 3. Super Solider: Be free
Day 4. Wheel : Be loving
Day 5. Crow/ Dolphin: Be strong
Day 6. Camel : Be open
Day 7. Headstand: Be fearless
Day 8. Handstand: Trust the journey
Day 9. Child pose: Relax
Day 10. Yogis choice

#aloboutOurGoals
Have you ever heard of “drills make your skills”? 😁 The start of the New Year is the perfect time to reflect on our resolutions and set intentions for our yoga practice. As we all know, things usually don’t just happen, but we need to work on the basics first. So we want to work on our foundations in order to get closer towards our goals. By sharing our practice with each other, we want to inspire and be inspired.

This is open to all levels. We all choose our basic pose for the category of the day and of course we’d love to know what your intentions are. Join us for some fun for 10 days!

Pose List:
Backbend
Forward fold
Hip opener
Twist
Inversion
Side body
Balance pose
Shoulder opener
Armbalance
Yogi’s choice

#Alovelyperspective
"The World changes when we change our perspective." 
Perspective is simply the way that someone looks at something and also, an art technique that changes the distance or depth of an object on paper.
Being limited by the dimensions of a tiny square, when we take pictures to post on Instagram, we are always drawn to use the same perspective!
Throughout this challenge, we will encourage people to be brave and take pictures using perspectives that they normally don't use.
As we are reminded that different perspectives can still be beautiful and inspiring, we will hopefully be reminded at the same time that there are often beauty and courage in viewing the World in a different way.

#AloNewYearResolutions
We believe every year, we make new resolutions and if we integrate body, mind and spiritual aspects to those intentions via yoga, we can manifest them with more ease and comfort.

So our pose list is:

1. Forward Fold
2. Hip Opener
3. Inversion
4. Heart Opener
5. Strengthening Pose
6. Arm Balance
7. Grounding Pose
8. Detox Pose
9. Breath work / Meditative mantra
10. Yogis Chice

WHY ALO: There is nothing like a company whose core principles are based on mindful movement and giving back to the society via Yoga. We want to merge our intentions with Alo and kick start New Year with some powerful mind work via physical practice.

#alonewbeginnings

 It’s time to change our mindsets and get refocused for the new year! Each day will be dedicated to a feeling for the new year.
Using each mantra for each day: 


I feel content
I feel joy
I feel new
I feel loved
I feel worth
I feel free from regret
I feel free from anger
I feel free from Anxiety
I feel free from Shame
I feel free from jealousy


At the end of the challenge we will be mentality and physically prepared for our New Years affirmations and goals. This challenge is set to be open for all levels so they can pick their on asanas mindfully.

#Alogoesgreen
Details: Our planet Earth is currently the only place in the universe to harbour and encourage life. As far as we know, there is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which we could migrate, live, and flourish. Perhaps we can visit more planets in the future, but we cannot yet settle anywhere else. Knowing that Earth is our one and only home in this grand universe, we must commit to taking care of our planet.

Join us over the next 10 days as we spread awareness and share various eco-friendly habits. Each day we will share an eco-friendly habit that you can either start doing or continue on doing to make our planet a better and safer environment to live in. We will also be exploring different yoga poses each day as well. All levels are welcomed - we encourage you to choose the variation that is most safe and fun for you!

#AloNewYearBoost
DETAILS: We propose this challenge to kickstart the new year energetically. We would like to start new year with new intentions and each day of our challenge with a new intention and a complementing asana which is open to choice to encourage more participation.

So our intentions for each day are:
1. Physical Health
2. Mental Health
3. Diet Goals
4. Flexibility
5. Strength(physical/emotional)
6. Personal/Career
7. Family
8. Relationships
9. Hobbies
10.Letting go

#AloSelfReflection
Details:
We wanted to host a yoga challenge in the new year that focuses on reflecting on 2019! With all the newness to follow the ringing in of a new year, we think it’s important to reflect on some moments from the previous year and really dive in to help see how it shaped you that year! Each day will be a reflective prompt that yogis will answer paired with a pose theme:

Day 1: Heart Opener
- What was the most challenging part of this year for you?

Day 2: hip opener
- What was your favorite part of 2019?

Day 3: twist
- What was the most important lesson you learned in 2019?

Day 4: Fold
- What, if anything, would you do differently in 2020 than in 2019?

Day 5: Back Bend
- What 3 words best describe 2019?

Day 6: Inversion
- What was your favorite memory of 2019?

Day 7: Standing pose
- What is something you accomplished in 2019 that you are proud of?

Day 8: reclined pose
- How did you grow in 2019?

Day 9: arm balance
- How did you become more authentically you in 2019?

Day 10: Yogis choice
- What were your go to 2019 mantras or positive affirmations?

#Resolutionhandstand2020
Dates: January 1-10 Hosts names in order of the pics: @beahappyamy...

#ALOboutGrowth
The end of December and beginning of January are incredibly powerful times to reflect on the past 365 days and set new intentions for the new year! This challenge is designed to get you thinking about your own journey and to celebrate your personal growth. What have you learned and how have you grown in 2019? What intentions can you set to grow through 2020?

For the first 5 days of the challenge (December 27th - 31st), you’ll reflect on what you’ve learned and how you’ve grown in 2019. For the second 5 days of the challenge (January 1st - 5th), you’ll set intentions and make tangible yet realistic plans to keep growing into your best, highest, most aligned self.

Challenge hosts will provide daily prompts & daily video/photo categories and suggestions. Each host and participant will post yoga postures or sequences that resonate with them for each day of the challenge… the real “meat” of the challenge will be in responding to the daily reflections!

#ResolutionHandstand2019

The way the Giveaway works is each host will take turns posting a handstand beginning on the 17th and last until December 31st. The participants are encouraged to share their personal story of their handstand journey. We will award those who post the most handstands and who are the biggest standouts.

#AloBoutTheHolidays

Come join us for 10 days fun filled #AloBoutTheHolidays yoga challenge!! As the holiday season is here, there is no better way to get into holiday spirit than to spin it into Christmas cheer while keeping everything dear in your yoga practice!! How cool would it be if everyday you can play your favorite poses and have fun altogether! 

Here is the lineup of your favorite pose in each posture:
Heart opener
Forward fold
Side bends
Core strengthener
Relaxation posture
Hip opener
Arm balance
Inversion
Balancing posture
Yogis choice

#FestiveCozySeason
🎄Challenge Announcement! 🎄

The festive season can leave us all a little stressed. We’re all trying to get in our last minute shopping, tidying our houses, baking, decorating etc... before Christmas day. We can end up getting caught up in all the madness and before we know it, our stress levels go out of sync and our sleep patterns are all over the place.

So, join us for 10 days of cozy yin asanas to help us to relax and celebrate the coziness of the season - embracing relaxation to enjoy this time of year a little more. We will encourage you to stay home (or wherever is most cozy) - making sure the body and mind get the rest it deserves during the cold and darker winter time, in order to sleep a little better.

Insomnia is a very common symptom of imbalance between the Yin Qi and Yang Qi. So Together we will get cozy and work on balancing our Yin and Yang.
All abilities and props are welcome!

Poses Lineup:
Forward fold - Caterpillar or Dangling pose
Camel
Cobra/Upward dog - Seal pose
Lizard - Dragon pose
Legs Up The Wall Pose or plow pose - Snail pose
Half lords of the fish -Ardha matsyenadrasana
Reclined twist - Twisted Roots or Cat pulling its tail
Puppy pose - Melting heart
Pigeon - Swan pose
Cow face - Shoelace pose

#HolidayHeartsOverHeads
Holiday seasons can be stressful! Traveling, holiday parties, certain family gatherings, present shopping... so let’s all destress and have some fun while we’re at it! Join us for 10 days with #HolidayHeartsOverHeads - let’s all get upside down and flip that perspective 🙃🙌🙌

This challenge is designed to help yogis of all levels get upside down. Over this 10 day challenge we will explore headstand, pincha, and handstand shapes while sharing tips that help in inverting.

#Holidayasanas2
Come play with us as we practice yoga and celebrate love during the holiday season! ❤️ We want to take time during a busy time to show gratitude for the blessings in our lives during this season of love.

#SAYYESTOTHEPUPPYPRESS
Join us for 10 days of strength & flexibility drills to work towards a Puppy Press Handstand! Puppy Press is often the first milestone in the Quest For The Press because it requires the same full body activation needed for a full handstand press but it’s just a bit easier because you’ve already got one leg up. Handstand pressing takes strength & flexibility, body awareness, skills and technique. It’s not easy but letting go of expectations, focusing on the building blocks, and having a consistent practice does make it easier! Hosts are all at different levels within their own practice, so we plan to show various modifications so that our drills work for everyone.

#ALOboutshapes
We put together our #Aloboutshapes challenge to inspire participants to get creative and inventive with their yoga practice. Each day, we will be giving different variations of our listed poses for participants to draw inspiration from or be original with their own postures.

#AloBoutGratitud

Since the year is coming to an end we want to offer our yoga practice as a prayer of gratitude for all the blessings in our life.
Bring awareness in our capability to create joy and peace around us.
Grateful for this cycle and preparing ourselves to entering in high vibration to the next one.
Join us for 10 days of reflection with #AloBoutGratitud! We will have 9 beautiful and meaningful prompts with related asanas taking into account all the blessings we’ve received this year, and all we have learned through our yoga journey, and share important resolutions for the next year.

#DontHurryDontWorry
DETAILS:
"It’s December and we are approaching the holiday season! It’s a joyous time to gather around with our loved ones. However, we all know it can also mean lots of stress as we scramble to organize all of the festivities.
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Instead of stressing, hurrying and worrying, let’s come together to find ways to slow down and find peace and calm during this time. Join us over the next 10 days as we explore different yoga poses to help us wind down. The poses in this challenge will help to release tension we have been storing both mentally and physically. All levels are welcome. We encourage the use of props and support to really let go - but most importantly we encourage you to choose the variation that is the safest and most fun for you; Be safe and enjoy!"

POSE LINEUP:
1 Easy pose
2 Standing forward fold
3 Rabbit pose
4 Side stretch
5 Extended triangle pose
6 Puppy pose
7 Garland pose
8 Fish pose
9 Cobra pose
10 Yogis choice - any pose that makes you feel great

We are hoping to build awareness for the benefits of yoga, the Alo brand, create community with fellow Yogis and Yoginis, and inspire non-Yogis to give the poses a try.

#Aloboutselfcare

Our intention of this challenge is to bring about self care around the crazy holiday time!


The pose line up will be a mix of yin yoga poses as well as poses that engage the core. Holidays can be stressful and often times we put everyone else above ourselves, which is great, but also burns us out in the end. We want to take this challenge time to remind each other of simple activities you can do to keep your emotions and life in balance.

#alourfavoritethings
DETAILS: For December, we wanted to end the year with all of our favorite things! Our favorite yoga poses, to restore, stretch and strengthen to end the year on a positive note!
So our pose list is:
1. Crow
2. pigeon
3. Downdog
4. camel
5. triangle
6. wheel
7. Inversion
8. Puppy pose
9. Goddess
10. Yogis favorite

#AloWantForChristmas
What do Christmas and this online community have in common? Well, it‘s all about support, love, fun and a little bit of magic, isn’t it? 🔮🎄🌟Guess what? We are bringing you all this with this cute challenge celebrating this lovely pre-Christmas time together and having some fun! Are you in? ❤

#AloMerryInversions

DETAILS: Join us for this Christmas themed concept merged with inversions. Let us get all geared up for Holiday Season with some creative upside down shapes with cool Christmas inspired names.

Our pose list:
1. Any Upside Down
2. Mistletoe Eagle
3. Diamond Lights
4. Stag Legs
5. Bow and Arrow Sleigh
6. Straddle Star
7. Hollow back Holly
8. Fold Pretzel
9. Wheel of Mistletoe
10. Splitsey Candy Cane

ALOhayogabuddies

This November we are hoping to help yogis become more flexible in their body, mind and soul. Flexibility allows us to become more open, open in our minds and helps us to become more cheerful.

#aloholidayrefocus
The holiday season can bring so many wonderful times, memories, and events. It can also be a stressful time for many, and schedules are often very busy. Each day participants will be guided to choose a pose that helps them feel grounded, centered, focused, etc. This 10 day challenge encourages each one of us to take time daily to get on our mats to refocus and refresh.

#ALOboutopeninghearts

Join us for a journey of love while opening our hearts together.


We all know that backbends have some great psychological and energetic benefits. While we generally tend to protect the most vulnerable part of us- our heart, both the physical heart and the energetic heart space - we want to do opposite action: opening us up to the world the next ten days. We allow ourselves to open more fully in our lives: to our emotions, experiences and in our relationships, releasing stored emotions: frustration, fear, anger, sadness as well as joy and love.
However safety comes first in backbends since lots of us are habitually rounding shoulders and backs with things like computer work, driving, texting, playing with kids etc.


Together we will prepare our bodies in order to open our hearts day by day, getting to know the right alignment while discovering also the differences between the types of front body stretches.

#AloGratefulHearts

As the holidays are quickly approaching, it is important to set aside time each day for gratitude. Taking time to think about what we are thankful for is a key to this busy time of year! Whether it be our practice, health, families, successes or anything else this year has carried with it!


During this challenge we will share ten days together to open our hearts, both physically and mentally, allowing gratitude to grow and be expressed. This challenge is accesible to all levels, as we start with gentle heart openers and work our way into deeper expressions, sharing modifications and tips throughout. During this challenge we will share ten days together to open our hearts, both physically and mentally, allowing gratitude to grow and be expressed. This challenge is accesible to all levels, as we start with gentle heart openers and work our way into deeper expressions, sharing modifications and tips throughout.

#aloboutgratitude
Gratitude is more than simply saying “thank you.” Gratitude’s amazing powers have the ability to shift us from focusing on the negative to appreciating what is positive in our lives. Practicing daily gratitude gives us a deeper connection to ourselves, the world around us and to our Creator. Everything in our lives has the ability to improve when we are grateful.

If everyone practiced daily gratitude, we could change ourselves and the planet for the better. Everyone would be much happier. Love would grow and hate would decrease. And the world would know true peace.

What are you waiting for? Give gratitude a try! You’ll be happier you did. Join this challenge and be inspired.

#SideBendsAndSitUps
Can the holiday season leave you feeling a little sluggish and lazy? Well, if it does and if you’re like us, we really don’t like this feeling 😑. So join us during these next 10 days while we get our bodies feeling strong and flexible in preparation for the holiday season. We will be exploring the abs from ALL directions and stretching them out the day after. Each day of this challenge, we will share some of our favorite ab drills followed by our favorite ways to stretch it out! We hope you join us 💗

#Balancethatasana3
Dates: November 11-20 Hosts: @bluesuntara @bethanysmithyoga @livinleggings @seacoralyoga @yogaandchaigirl Sponsors:...

#AloBoutSelfLove
When we think of November, we think of giving thanks and gratitude... but let's dig a little deeper this year and reflect on what we're grateful for within ourselves. Join us for 10 days of Self Love and Self Reflection with #AloBoutSelfLove Some may find it easy, while others may struggle -- but this is all about YOU and feeling connected to yourself, while gaining an overwhelming sense of gratitude and love for everything you continue to do for yourself.