• A Beginner’s Guide to Yoga

    So, you want to try yoga? As a beginner, it can be both overwhelming and intimidating to start. You don’t know where to begin and all the people practicing seem to fit a particular mold. Well, this beginner’s guide to yoga is designed to help you get started safely and find the tools you need to begin your own journey.

    What Time You Practice.

    Some basic things to think about are what time you practice, how often you practice, and how to choose a teacher. Practice is best done as a daily ritual, much like brushing your teeth. The body also responds to consistency with training. Choose a time that works for your schedule and then commit to that practice time for at least one full week, or ideally, one full month. Tradition yoga texts recommend to practice first thing in the morning, before breakfast and before the mind gets too stimulated.  However, if your best chance at consistency is to practice after work, at the end of the day, do that. In order to increase your likelihood of maintaining your practice, schedule “yoga” in your calendar and set a reminder five minutes before. Put on your yoga clothes as soon as you wake up in the morning. Studies show that just wearing your work-out clothes increases the likelihood of actually working out significantly.

    How Often You Practice.

    A big part of getting started is about taking the “shoulds and shouldn’ts” out of practice and really connecting to what feels right for your body, what works for your schedule and making conscious decisions that nourish your personal journey. At a minimum, I’d suggest to practice twice a week. But ideally it is recommended to practice six days a week. Five minutes a day six days a week is better than an hour once a week. The daily disciple makes a difference in how the practice integrates with your life.

    How to Choose a Teacher.

    Choosing a teacher or a class can be a big question. If you’re searching for a local teacher, find the most qualified well-trained teacher in your city and see if they offer beginner programs. if you don’t like the style of yoga that they teach after the course is over, try another studio. Remember, yogis are human beings. Don’t expect your teacher to be an enlightened master or a copy of the Buddha. They are people, just like you, who have been practicing and studying yoga for awhile. They have taken a few steps further on the yoga path than you have, but on a human-to-human level you’re equals. That being said, be open and hear what the teacher has to offer and be respectful while maintaining your personal boundaries.

    Joining a Yoga Challenge is Another Way to Get Started.

    If you’re looking to start a beginner yoga program online, there are many offerings. A good way to start is with a program that takes you through a full 30 days of practice. It helps if the online system allows you to track your progress so that you can both hold yourself accountable and give yourself positive reinforcement for practice sessions completed. Just like searching for an in-person teacher, choosing the right online teacher requires a bit of research. Find the most qualified well-trained teacher whose style you connect with and see if they have a beginner yoga program. Joining a yoga challenge is another way to get started. When you’re practicing at home you’ll miss the feeling of community that you get at a yoga studio. But when you join a yoga challenge there is a virtual community of yoga that you connect with as you practice and share the experience together.

    You Don’t Need All the Gear to Start.

    You don’t need all the gear to start, especially if you’re practicing at home. If you have an area rug or carpeted floor you can just put on a pair of old sweatpants and a t-shirt and follow the videos. No one cares what you wear at most authentic yoga studios, but sometimes it just feels safer to start at home when you no know it’s just you and the practice. Try it out for a week or two and then if you fall in love with the practice, buy a mat.

    Allow Yourself to be Where You Are.

    Don’t expect to be good at yoga from your first class or even first 1,000 classes. If you think you need to be flexible and strong from the beginning then yoga will be utterly impossible. Instead, allow yourself to be where you are, which is at the beginning of your journey. In doing so you will learn your first lesson from the yoga practice—that is, how to be humble enough to admit the vulnerable truth that you’re a beginner. It doesn’t feel good to be the person in the room who seems not to know what pose to do, where to put your mat or have to modify all the poses. But, every single yoga practitioner has gone through just that. Even the master teachers whose practice seems to exist in an effortless gravity-free zone started off dazed and confused by even the most basic poses. When I first started the practice I couldn’t touch my toes in a forward bend, lift my body off the ground or say a single word in Sanskrit. Over twenty-years later and things look a lot different.

    You Don’t Need to be Particularly Good At Yoga To Experience the Deep Benefits of the Practice.

    It takes time. If you think yoga will be a panacea for all your life’s problems within your first class, you will be disillusioned. But if you commit to at least a month of consistent practice, somewhere between three to six days per week you will start to experience some small shifts that act like a beacon for the path ahead. You don’t need to be particularly good at yoga to experience the deep benefits of the practice. You just need to show up on your mat and try. It takes at least a year of practice before you will start to notice substantial life changes. Commit to the practice for the long haul and the practice will lead you down the rabbit hole of personal transformation, the end of which brings your life more peace, happiness and joy. That’s the promise that yoga makes to every single practitioner. All you have to do is keep practicing and put in the work.

    Expect to be Sore.

    Expect to be sore. I still remember the morning after my first yoga class. During and immediately after the session I felt amazing. My mind was calm in a way that I hadn’t known possible and my body felt light and free. The next morning, however, I could barely walk. My hamstring muscles were so sore and achy that I could hardly move at first. I started off practicing two days a week. That lasted for about four months before I jumped into a six day a week practice. Each time I increased the frequency, length or intensity of my practice I got sore in new places. A healthy dose of muscular soreness that leads to increased strength and flexibility is part of the practice of yoga. Twenty-years later and I’m still sore!

    There is No End to the Journey.

    Think about yoga as a slow steady progression towards a more mobile body, a happier and more peaceful life. The more you give to the practice, the more it gives back to you. There is no end to the journey, just more steps to lead deeper down to center of yourself. Much more than just a bunch of poses, stretches and power moves, yoga is a true spiritual path that opens the door to deep life learning. At first you may not make the connection between body, mind and soul, but that’s ok, that’s why you’re here on the mat and why you want to start yoga. Whether you’re interested in beginning yoga because you want to heal your body, relieve chronic pain, decrease anxiety, lift depression, manage your temper, or whether you’re on a spiritual quest from the beginning, the practice can be for you. All it takes is that you show up, unroll your mat and practice every day you can.

    Ready to get started with yoga?

    Start the Yoga Is Challenge Today!

    Explore what yoga is to you, and start the Yoga Is Challenge! Every day for 30 days, receive a new accessible practice designed to guide you on a process of inner awakening. Each class will be centered around a pose with modifications to make it truly accessible & offer key lessons about the meaning yoga can have in your life. This challenge is appropriate for all levels from beginner to the most advanced. Commit to the Yoga Is Challenge to experience more peace, happiness, & love in your life.

    By Kino MacGregor

    Why do you practice yoga? Kino Macgregor Ashtanga Yoga teacher, OMstars

    International yoga teacher, Kino MacGregor has over 20 years of experience in Ashtanga yoga & 18 years of experience in Vipassana Meditation. She is one of a select group of people to receive the certification to teach Ashtanga Yoga & practice into the Fifth Series of Ashtanga Yoga. With over 1 million followers on Instagram & over 500,000 subscribers on YouTube & Facebook, she spreads the message of yoga around the world. To Kino, yoga is more than making shapes. It is a daily ritual where people tune deeply into their spiritual center & experience the peace of the Eternal Divine. Her goal is to make the tools of traditional yoga accessible for all different sizes, shapes, ethnicities, & ages. She believes yoga is truly for everyone.

  • Be Strong Yoga Challenge with Kino MacGregor

    Increase your strength with Omstars Members Be Strong Yoga Challenge. In this 13-Day challenge, Kino MacGregor will share her personal experience from years of practice and exploration, passing on the the tools you need to safely progress to develop your strength.

    Strength doesn’t happen overnight, but as you complete these classes you’ll lay the foundation you need to have a safe home yoga practice. Use this challenge to take your strength to a whole new level and transform not only your practice but your life. The most important part: Remember to have fun, believe in yourself, and never give up!

    In the Be Strong Challenge you will:

    • Learn the building blocks of strength.
    • Integrate body, mind, and soul as you train yourself to be strong both mentally and physically.
    • Find inspiration and support with daily emails, our online community & Kino’s expert guidance.

    Sign Up Today!

    The decision to be strong is a statement of self-worth. When you decide you’re worth it, you also decide that you’re willing to put in the work to be strong. It’s a shift in the heart that says, yes, I’m good enough.

    Join this challenge and expect to be, well, challenged. Strength is hard work and building strength takes time, patience and determination. The lesson of strength took me years to integrate in body, mind and soul. I designed this challenge so that you can learn all the tools I learned on my journey and safely progress deeper in your practice. It doesn’t matter if you get it right on the first try.

    In fact, you should expect to fail and then slowly build up from there. Learning how to be happy with failure is one of the lessons of strength. If you need to get it perfectly on the first try, then you’re in a competition. We are here to learn and grow, not to compete with ourselves or anyone else. It only matters that you try and learn from your experience.

    The 13 classes of this challenge build you up from the basics and take you all the way to the peaks of the strength. This journey has taken Kino over 20 years so be patient with yourself as you commit to the process.

    Daily Poses:

    1. Hands to a T-Shape
    2. Full Navasana
    3. Full Plank
    4. Chaturanga
    5. Pinchamayurasana
    6. Side Plank / Vashishtasana
    7. L-Sit
    8. Tittibhasana
    9. Handstand Tuck
    10. Crossed-Leg Lift Up
    11. Handstand Pike Position
    12. Parsva Bakasana (straight arms)
    13. Meditation Seated Pose

    Daily emails will include modifications to make the practice truly accessible! Remember to have fun, believe in yourself and never give up.

    Are you ready? Join Now! 

     

    By Kino MacGregor & Omstars

     

  • Ashtanga Home Practice Challenge

    New Yoga Challenge coming to Omstars September 1st!  With this challenge, you’ll get access to an amazing new course that’s designed to help you explore the Ashtanga Yoga practice from the comfort of your own home! There are 16 classes that serve to break the Ashtanga Yoga Primary and Second Series into more digestible segments so you can experience both practices in their entirety in a way that’s manageable and approachable. Join the Challenge

     

    The Ashtanga Yoga Home Practice challenge is hosted by Kino MacGregor features a special guest teacher, Shanna Small. Use these classes to work through your sticking points at your own pace and learn to honor your body’s abilities as you explore your practice each day of the challenge. Wait, that’s not all, Shanna Small (@wellness_yogini) will be teaching 5 live classes that breakdown a variety of postures and movements and she’ll be giving you tips on how to use props and variations to support you in your practice.

    Ready to Get Started?

    Sign up

    If you’re already a member click the link get yourself signed up today. Not an Omstars member? No problem! All you have to do is register as a participant and we’ll send you a special code prior to the challenge start date. Your special code will give you a one-month, all access pass to Omstars.com so you can join the challenge and explore our entire library of on-demand videos and live classes! Sound good? We’ll be kicking off our very first practice on Sunday, September 1st; here’s what you need to do to sign up:

    Follow

    Follow our hosts and sponsors on Instagram for your chance to win some incredible prizes including outfits from Omstars by Liquido and Kino’s new collection Off The Mat beach wear clothing, books and DVDs by Kino, and some beautiful gift sets of handmade, vegan friendly, soaps by Smithmade Essentials.

    @kinoyoga
    @wellness_yogini
    @omstarsofficial
    @liquidoactive
    @smithmade_essentials

    Share

    Repost the challenge graphic and help spread the word, and tag three friends to join you in this challenge! Practice with us every day, for 16 days, and share your journey and daily poses on Instagram! Be sure to use our challenge hashtag #ashtangahomepracticechallenge and tag us in your daily posts.

    Daily Poses:

    1. Chaturanga
    2. Trikonasana
    3. Prasarita C
    4. Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana
    5. Warrior One
    6. Janu A
    7. Mari  A & B (both)
    8. Mari C & D (both)
    9. Bujapidasana
    10. Pasasana
    11. Krounchasana
    12. Dhanurasana
    13. Ustrasana
    14. Eka Pada Sirsasana
    15. Pinchamayurasana
    16. Padmâsana

    Engage

    Have fun within the community by liking and commenting on each other’s posts!

     

    Get Started HERE!

     

  • Challenge Update: Supporting Young Families in India

    Last year, Omstars teamed up with Sahara Rose and Bhakti Chai for the #EatLikeAYogi challenge. Through this challenge, we had a goal to raise funds for the non-profit organization, OneProsper, in effort to help them support young girls living in the Thar Desert of India. We are pleased to announce that through this incredible challenge, we were able to raise a total of $5,000 for OneProsper, which enabled them to sponsor 10 girls living in the Thar Desert of India.

    By March 2019, these girls will start attending school rather than walking 5-7 hours per day to collect water. This is an amazing feat, and we couldn’t have done it without the support of our amazing community of yogis. Thank you so much for your helping us achieve this goal!

    One of the girls sponsored by OneProper is called Gita. At the beginning of the program, back in August of 2017, Gita would accompany her mother in walking hours each day in the searing desert heat to collect water.  Gita and her siblings frequently faced stomach pains as a result of drinking dirty water.  Together, this family lived in a basic shelter made from tree branches and four poles.  Most importantly, Gita was not able to attend school because she was busy helping her mother to collect water and complete chores.

    Thanks to your support, OneProsper has built a rainwater harvesting tank with a bio sand filter for Gita’s family.  Gita received a bicycle, school supplies and tuition to attend school. OneProsper provided Gita’s mother with seeds and training to grow crops for nutrition and income.

    Today, Gita’s life is filled with books.  She attends school on a daily basis thanks to a brand-new rainwater harvesting tank and bio sand filter. Free from walking hours to collect water, Gita’s mother has found work and is building a new home made of bricks. What a wonderful accomplishment for this beautiful family. We are so honored to have had the opportunity to support Gita and her family, plus the 9 others just like them.

    Unfortunately, this work is not over yet. There are countless other families out there, just like Gita’s, who need our support. Knowing this, Omstars has plans to team up with OneProsper for another challenge at some point this year. Stay tuned.

     

    By Alex Wilson &  Raju Agarwal

  • Once a Yogi, Always a Yogi

    Yoga is not jealous or unforgiving. In fact, quite the opposite is true. Yoga is loving, nurturing, and no matter how far you stray, it will always be there, waiting for you to once again return to the mat. More than likely, for many of us, there will be times in our lives when we fall away from our practice. One moment we are loving it – we notice ourselves getting stronger, more flexible, more peaceful and more conscious – and then the next thing we know, we haven’t practiced in weeks.

    It happens to the best of us. No matter how good our intentions are and no matter how much we love our practice, sometimes we just fall away. And that’s okay. In that case, starting again is just part of the journey. And each time you make the brave decision to return to your mat, there are new lessons to be learned.

    Coming back to the mat can be intimidating, though. The feeling that you may have lost progress is enough to discourage anyone. But the truth is, once a yogi, always a yogi. Although you may have left your practice behind for a time, your practice never once left you. Our practice is with us every time we observe our breath, stand steady on our feet, or connect to anything greater than us; and this will be clear to you the moment you step back onto the mat.

    When it comes to returning to your practice, or even stepping onto a mat for the first time in your life, having a community can be the ultimate key to success. That’s where Omstars comes in.

    If you let us, we will carry the torch of yoga and lead you to the true light. Let us be your community, your support system, and the gentle encouragement you need to find your way back to the mat.

    The new year is just around the corner, and we can’t think of a better time to reconnect with yourself and your practice. Join us for our new 30-day beginner challenge, this January. With this challenge, we’re making it easier than ever to dive into a routine that you can stick to. With practices that are 20 minutes or less, plus a variety of teachers and styles of yoga, finding a system that works for you has never been simpler.

    Join the challenge, and we’ll send a new practice right to your inbox each and every day with words of encouragement to keep you inspired and motivated. Plus, our community is full of seasoned, new, and born-again yogis, just like you.

    We invite you to take this opportunity to humbly begin again, to explore yoga for the first time, or to transform your practice from hopeful and inconsistent to dedicated and daily. Wherever you are, we’ll be with you every step of the way.

    By Alex Wilson

     

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  • 30 Days to Create a Healthy New Habit with Omstars – Join the Challenge

    Get ready to kickstart the New Year with a healthy new habit that’s both lifechanging and sustainable – a daily yoga practice that fits seamlessly into your schedule! The all-new Omstars 30-Day Beginner Challenge is coming to town and it begins on January 1st!

    This challenge is designed to help you embark on the path of yoga as a new practitioner – no experience necessary! Showcasing a variety of classes, teachers, styles of practice and more, this challenge will help you learn what works for you and what doesn’t. Plus, every class offered through this challenge can be completed in just 20 minutes or less, so finding time to practice everyday will be simple!

    When you commit to 30-days of yoga with this new challenge, we’ll send you one of our beginner-focused, 15 to 20-minute class every day for 30 days. You’ll practice with a variety of existing Omstars teachers, plus several new teachers, and create a manageable routine that fits easily into your everyday life. You’ll have the opportunity to practice different styles of yoga from Ashtanga to Vinyasa, Yin and more!

    Plus, for every person who joins this challenge, our sponsors, OHMME and Liforme, will be donating $1 to Yoga Gives Back, up to $15,000! Yoga Gives back is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to raising awareness and funds in order to alleviate poverty in India.

    This is a wonderful opportunity to give back to those in need, plus jump into your own yoga practice with a set of amazing teachers, expert guidance, and a supportive community of new and established yogis just like you! Don’t miss this exciting new challenge and your chance to give yoga a try with Omstars – The Yoga Network!

    When you’re ready to join, here’s what you’ll need to do:

    Use the button bellow to sign up. Then log into Instagram and follow each of our sponsors and hosts: @kinoyoga @omstarsofficial @liforme @yogagivesback @ohmmeapparel

    Be sure to practice with us every day for the duration of the challenge, and share your journey with us on IG using our challenge hashtag #30dayyogajourney. Finally, be active in our community. Like and comment on posts from your fellow challenge participants to show your support and let them you know you’re right there with them.

    Remember, the challenge begins January 1st, 2019. We’ll be ready. Will you?

    By Alex Wilson

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  • Providing Clean Water To Children Around The World

    You may have noticed that so far, throughout 2018, OMstars has been supporting several causes that we believe will help make our world a better place. When Kino first dreamed OMstars up, she wanted it to be so much more than just an online yoga channel with videos we could all enjoy. Kino’s vision for OMStars was to create a platform that would give students the opportunity to practice yoga and do more good for the world. That’s why each of the challenges we host are associated with carefully chosen causes that are all focused on making the world a better place. We recently partnered with MiiR in an effort to support an organization called Splash and their mission to bring clean water to children around the world. Get to know a little more about these two organizations, their relationship, and how they work to make a difference in the world every day.

    MiiR was founded in 2010 with the idea that philanthropy could be integrated into the daily course of business, a concept novel for its time. Founder and CEO Bryan Papé sought to innovate a drinkware line that would contribute to solving the clean water crisis in addition to providing a sustainable alternative to bottled water consumption.

    Today, MiiR gives 3% of revenue to established, best in class nonprofits with an aim to empower people with access to a better future. Our partner organizations create sustainable giving projects in the clean water, health and food sectors that address both domestic and international issues. In total we have granted close to $650,000 and empowered the lives of 100,000+ people worldwide, and invite our customers to follow along in our journey of generosity by registering the Give Code™ associated with their MiiR product.

    MiiR and Splash first partnered in November 2016 with a $40,000 grant to benefit 1,200 students (and thousands more in future years) across nine schools in Kathmandu, Nepal. Splash achieved full WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) intervention at all nine schools with water filtration systems and increased water access points, sanitation improvements and hygiene education for lasting behavioral change. So quickly and efficiently was Splash able to accomplish this work that we issued a second grant for $15,000 in February 2017 to benefit another 350 students in four schools.

    MiiR’s clean water footprint with Splash has since expanded beyond Nepal to Ethiopia, China and India. After a year and a half of working together, we consider Splash to be one of our core partners, sharing in a symbiotic relationship with deep organizational alignment around integrity, transparency and innovation. In an ongoing collaborative capacity, both companies do what we do best, spanning the for-profit and non-profit sectors, to achieve a greater social and environmental impact.

    Splash is in the “business” of clean water, clean hands and clean toilets for kids living in urban poverty. With a greater than 99% success rate and a commitment to transparency by making their project results available to the public, Splash’s story is one MiiR easily and readily shares, and with good reason. Today, Splash serves those most vulnerable to death by water-borne illness to the tune of more than 400,000 children in eight countries, and is on track to reach one million by 2023!

    Splash doesn’t shy away from setting lofty goals, one of them being to reach every public school in Kolkata, India with the trifecta of clean water, clean hands and clean toilets. With the urban density of the city having exceeded more than three times that of New York City, this is by no means easy work. Yet progress is being made, with Splash serving 40,113 children in India daily.  

    MiiR and Splash were so excited to be part of the OMstars Challenge and to partner with Kino.  It will take all of us working together to move the needle on clean water.

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  • Join this June Challenge, become the force of One Million Yogis!

    What if one million of us came together to empower others? I believe we can definitely make this happen. And it will truly enrich our yoga practice, too. It will become a two-way practice. It is estimated that 300 million people enjoy yoga worldwide today, generating 80 billion U.S. dollars. If we are part of this huge global trend, why don’t we take our own initiative and redirect a portion of this huge resource to give back to Mother India?

    This is why we are reaching out to you to be the force of One Million Yogis to make a massive positive impact in many more lives in India who desperately need our support for survival.  While we enjoy our blissful yoga practice on the mat, many mothers struggle to prepare the next meal for their children, young girls are forced into early arranged marriages, and orphans wander as HIV infected parents die in the towns and villages of India, the birthplace of yoga. I even met a teen girl in West Bengal who has been tortured by her father and brothers simply because she does not quit school. Today, with YGB’s scholarship and social program, she is earning good money and her family stopped beating her…the stories go on and on. Just as we want to make progress with our yoga, everyone  wants to make progress in life to reach one’s dream with joy and light. Why can’t we provide them with life changing opportunities?

    Most of us probably started yoga asana practice for physical exercise.

    Eleven years ago, I walked into an Ashtanga yoga class in Los Angeles looking for a fun and rigorous fitness class. I got hooked. I loved learning new poses and sweating a lot, while also slowing down and deepening my breathing. I was also introduced to Yoga’s spiritual tradition and started learning Sanskrit. One day, I read a line that hit me to my core, “First part of your life is to experience and learn. Second part of your life is to serve others.” I was 47. I did not know much about Seva or Karma of the yoga tradition. But this message truly resonated in me. With all I got from my daily yoga practice and my life, I needed to give back. To my surprise, I soon learned that many people actually share the exact same feeling!

    This was how Yoga Gives Back (YGB) was born and continues to grow. In its eleventh year, we now fund more than 1200 impoverished mothers, youths, and children in India with microloans and education funds with a minimum of five-year commitment to each person. Today, yoga communities in nearly 20 countries support our mission.

    I have never imagined that YGB could grow this much. But now, as YGB goes into its second decade of operation, I am convinced that we can do so much more. We can reach out to One Million Yogis globally!

    Here is another example how your support change lives:

    This year, we are adding new 25 teen “Devadasi” (servant to God) girls to our program, just north of Mysore. These girls  were born to Devadasi families in central Karnataka state. Once they reach to puberty, they are given to God in a marriage ceremony and labeled as “Devadasi, ” which is the beginning of their life long career as prostitutes as their mothers and grandmothers were.  Our NGO partner is working hard to rescue these girls, to provide them with good education and secure life so they can build their life with independence, sustainability and self-esteem. Your participation in this June Challenge will support these girls’ future!

    This is why I believe we can engage one million yogis:  We are not asking anybody to run a 5K to raise funds or to donate 1 million dollars. With your daily dedication, Kino’s continued support to our mission, and amazingly generous sponsors backing our effort, we get closer to One Million Yogis every day.

    If One Million Yogis get involved in this revolutionary movement, whether volunteering, hosting a class, doing Challenge, donating whatever you can, we can definitely uplift millions of lives in India. So why don’t we make this happen?!

    Running YGB for the last 11 years while enjoying the benefit and abundance of yoga practice, I am more convinced that yoga practice is enriched when it becomes a two-way practice. When you direct your energy gained from this practice not only to yourself but also to others, yoga truly starts to mean more. Yoga’s ripple effect truly starts to explode beyond our imagination. Maybe this is why Yoga means “Union.” Together we can effect change, by honoring our practice, and activating our gratitude.  Join us this June for Kino and Ahmed’s 10 Day Challenge, and stay involved in Yoga Gives Back’s #One MillionYogis Campaign. Namaste.

    By Kayoko Mitsumatsu

    Kayoko Mitsumatsu is the Founder and Executive Director of Yoga Gives Back

  • 30 Day Yoga Living Challenge: Sponsors & Prizes

    We’ve made it through the first week of the new year and our #30DayYogaLiving challenge and so far, we have nearly 11,000 participants, but there’s still room for more – it’s never too late to join! Besides giving each participant the opportunity to start 2018 by immersing themselves in the tradition of yoga, this challenge also comes with over $3,000 in prizes from our group of amazing sponsors. We are so honored and thankful to have so many amazing companies participating in this challenge with us, so we wanted to take this opportunity to thank and share a little about our sponsors.

    Run & Relax – A Scandinavian company that makes yoga and sportswear for women. Plus, they ship internationally! Throughout the challenge, they will be giving out several yoga tops, tights, and full outfits!

    Sankalpa – Sankalpa creates beautiful artist designed yoga products like yoga mats and yoga pants.  A different artist creates each design and every purchase made directly supports an independent artist.  You can visit them online, here: www.livesankalpa.com

    TruSelf Organics – This company was founded on a mission to help the people of the world love themselves through health, beauty and self-love. They create a line of all natural organic and cruelty-free skincare products that are easy to add into your own self-care routines. If you happen to be one of our lucky winners you might receive one of their travel size nourishing creams, detox masks, or bamboo utensils.

    Jala – Yoga inspired apparel made in LA. Every Jala piece is designed with beauty, meaning, comfort and function in mind, so that you can take your yoga style with you for yoga practice, and through each part of your life. Jala will be giving out gift cards to a few lucky winners.

    Liquido – Bold yoga and active wear to support your everyday life. Liquido clothing is mindfully made in Brazil with SPF protective fabric, limited edition styles, and they offer global shipping. They will be giving out a pair of leggings and a sports bra.

    Ohmme – Consciously developed men’s apparel that is made with movement in mind. Every piece of clothing is produced with the most innovative, ethical and honest means possible. Ohmme will be giving out a gift card to one lucky winner during the final week of the challenge.

    A special shout out and thank you to each of our sponsors – we are beyond excited to be working with you.

    By Alex Wilson