Great Stress Relief Challenge

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You know the drill, right?

It’s 8:00 p.m. on Sunday night. You are tired from an extremely busy week and an even busier weekend and you realize that you have some important businessa post for the best website in the world  to take care of before getting ready for the next week and going to bed. It’s been looming on the horizon for the past week or longer but there always seems to be more important things to do! NOW there’s just no time to waste so you pull up the desk chair couch and ottoman and you start up the browser! BUT…Hold on…you are too stressed to really think clearly at this point and are only getting more stressed by the minute because now its bedtime for the kid and we all know how stressful that is! What are you going to do?

Might I make a suggestion?

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This summer has found me more stressed out than I have been in some time and I’m tired of feeling this way. What about you? Did you know that doing 30 minutes of yoga just three or four times a week will help relief stress and help you live a longer and healthier life.  If you go to this website you will see lots of proof of why yoga is important for our health. A quick google search can help you find even more documentation of how yoga is a great way to help reduce stress.

So….Here’s the challenge!! For the next 30 days (meaning from July 15 to August 15) we meaning you and you and you and ME are going to practice yoga for  a MINIMUM of 30 minutes a day for 3 days a week! (I know we are all busy and we are doing other types of exercise routines and training for this race or that race but seriously aren’t you supposed to do some cross training too)? Once you are finished with your day of yoga (any day of the week is fine) just do it and then get onto one of our many social media outlets and let us know. We are on Facebook and Twitter  or you could just come back to this site and leave me a comment! If you leave it on twitter please use the #hashtag #shrinkingjeansyoga so I can easily find you!

So you say you don’t know where to look for yoga poses to do? Heather just wrote a great post on some great poses! They are right here so take a few minutes and review them or you could look on google and find some great yoga videos to do. I even found several on my On Demand that are great for beginners or even more advanced yogi students! I have even done yoga with my Wii Fit! There is no excuse at least not one that I will accept except for if your doctor says NO!! Which of course is the first thing you should do before accepting this yoga challenge! Make sure your doctor says “yes, please take part in this great challenge” before you do so!

There are many poses that are great for helping you relax and breathe and even help us tone and strengthen our muscles. You can read more and see some poses here.

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I have posted some yoga poses here too that you can feel free to follow along with. They are great for reducing the stress in our life!

At the end of the 30 days (on or around August 16th) I will put all the names of everyone who has done yoga and reported in for at least 3 days a week (meaning a total of 12 times) and we will have ourselves a little drawing! What for you might ask? I have a couple of ideas and I KNOW you will love what I have picked out….but I love secrets and surprises so that is just a little extra incentive for you to check in with us! :-)

What are you waiting for? Go reduce some stress in your life and Just Breathe!

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  • Sarah

    I loved Heather’s post and I am excited to get started with you guys on this one! here’s to a life changing 30 days!

  • Nanci Cernak

    Perfect timing for this as just cashed in my 30 days of unlimited hot yoga and it is my goal to do at least 3 days a week. I started Friday. This week I’m aiming for tonight, Wednesday, and Friday. Yay!

    • AnnG

      Yay! Perfect timing is right!

  • http://christy.shrinkingjeans.net Christy_TheSistherhood

    I’M IN! Totally. I need this BAAAADDDDD!!!

    • AnnG

      Yay!!

  • Heather

    Well, obviously I’m in! HA. Love yoga and what it does for your body, mind & spirit!

    • AnnG

      Yay! Glad you are in with me!

  • Begonia

    I am in – lots of family stress right now and my practice seems to have been pushed to the side – thank you for initiating this

    • AnnG

      So glad you are in with us on this!

  • Nancy

    I am so in!! Sorry it took me so long to respond. We are on vacation. Great challenge, Ann. I love yoga!!

    • AnnG

      So glad you are in, Nancy!

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  • Adah1

    I’m in….I need a little “zen” in my life right now!

    • AnnG

      I think we all need a little “zen” in our life now!

  • Mel

    Felt great to get back to my yoga class this week ( http://myeverydaymansion.blogspot.com/2013/07/oooommm-my-gawd.html ). My goal is to add two more 30 minute home sessions to the week for the next thirty days.

    • AnnG

      So glad to have you with us!

  • Sarah

    Started a FB page for those that don’t follow my blog regularly or those that don’t even know about it. I’m not sure if you guys get the notifications when I tag you for my posts. Can someone let me know? I tagged the Sisterhood page in my Day 3 workout post. If you aren’t getting the notifications, I’ll find another way to let you know each day I do my yoga workouts. :) https://www.facebook.com/TheScaryJourney

    • AnnG

      I saw the post! Keep up the good work!

  • TammyC

    Got my yoga done for today. 3 days completed this week :)

    • AnnG

      Way to go, Tammy! Keep it up!

  • Kathryn Renz

    I just found this post, and I LOVE yoga!! It’s been a while, and I’d love a reason to get back into it…challenge accepted! :)
    I’m a little late, but better late than never, right?
    For anyone looking for some yoga poses or workouts, you can download some free audio workouts from http://www.yogadownload.com/ and then print the pose guide…I LOVE there beginner’s yoga workout! They do have some videos as well, but I haven’t used them.
    A friend of mine recommended http://www.doyogawithme.com/ which also has free videos you can do online, but I haven’t used them yet. Good luck everyone!! :)

    • AnnG

      Yay! I’m so glad you are going to join us!

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  • Tammy C

    I completed 30 minutes of yoga today. That’s 6 in 2 weeks! So glad I am sticking with this!

    • AnnG

      You are doing great, Tammy!

  • TammyC

    Completed my yoga and Fab Abstravaganza for today! Doing awesome with the yoga, I think that makes 10 or 11 times since 7/15!

    • AnnG

      Awesome job, Tammy!! Keep up the good work!

  • TammyC

    I started my day with 30 minutes of yoga today. Struggling more this week with it. I have been changing up my routines every day trying to find ones I really like and the last 2 days even the beginner stuff seemed way out of my league. Still looking for the right one.

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  • TammyC

    I started my day with some yoga today. I think that makes 13 or 14 over the last month. I have loved this challenge and yoga will definitely be something I try to incorporate regularly. I’d like to try going to an actual class with someone that can help me with my form on some poses.

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