Yogi Badge, Step 2
Because Elizabeth and I have taken many different yoga classes over the years, we decided to do an at-home 30 day yoga challenge for our Step 2 of the Yogi Badge. YouTuber Adriene Mishler offers a free 30 Day Yoga program every January to her viewers. Because we strategically planned this badge to coincide with the new year this was the perfect option for our Step 2 of the Yogi Badge.
In Step 1 of the Yogi Badge we researched the ancient history, types, and terminology of yoga. Read all about it here. We also dove into the benefits of yoga and basic poses. We were ready to move past the research and focus fully on the practice of yoga. As we entered 2020, you could say that we were ready for a challenge. One that would benefit our mind, body, and spirit.
Earn the Yogi Badge
If you are interested in earning the Yogi Badge yourself, you can see the Yogi Badge Guide, or “recipe” for the badge here. Each Badge Guide contains three steps to be completed in order to earn the badge. These steps can be done on your own, but we encourage you to grab a few friends and learn together!
Step 2 of any badge is to learn from others. Taking an organized class is a great way to do this step if you can find one!
Yoga with Adriene
The Yoga with Adriene YouTube channel is a huge gift to home yogis. The online community has over 6 million viewers. It is high quality at home yoga for all levels at no cost to the viewer. Learn more about the Yoga with Adriene 30 day program in the video below.
Elizabeth and I have been fans of Yoga with Adriene for a very long time. We love her relatable, quirky, down to earth style and sometimes awkward sense of humor. Her ability to break down the poses, language, and philosophy of yoga is appropriate for and appreciated by all ages and abilities. We cannot fail to mention her secret weapon…Benji, her trusted Blue Heeler dog who makes an appearance in almost all of her videos these days! Who doesn’t love a furry friend appearance?
Yoga with Adriene has a vast library of yoga videos available on YouTube. There is truly a video yoga practice for everyone on many different subjects. Not only have I accessed her videos for personal use I have used them for various Girl Scout gatherings (Rainbow Yoga for All Ages) and even as part of our Moon Ceremony (Moon Practice) for our Moon Explorer Badge. My personal favorites include: Yoga for Chefs, Yoga for Runners, and her many Yoga for Bedtime videos.
30 Days of Yoga
Adriene’s 30 Days of Yoga program offered us the perfect opportunity to learn, challenge ourselves, and complete Step 2 of the Yogi Badge. We also incorporated it into our yearly challenge of the month (January). You can read more about our goal setting and how we track progress here.
For 30 days Elizabeth and I practiced at home, (sometimes lugging our yoga mats along with us as we traveled) and tuned in to the Yoga with Adriene new 30 Day Yoga Challenge “Home” practice. You can see a recap of our experience in the video below.
Here is how the 30 day yoga program works: Adriene releases a new yoga video daily during the month of January. This year’s particular collection was titled “Home”. The yoga practice has a daily theme, for example: Heal, Ground, Awaken, Recognize, and varies in length from 15-40 minutes. These videos are relatively short compared to a typical yoga class (usually one hour) so they are easy to squeeze into your day. I often would plan ahead and plug the yoga practice into my schedule for the following day. If I knew I had a busy day ahead I would wake up 30 minutes early to accommodate the yoga sessions. It was also not unusual to end the day with a “yoga before bed” stretch.
Elizabeth and I were lucky enough to get to practice together several times during the 30 day challenge. I also persuaded my teenage daughter to hit the mat with me several times. Stretching is contagious and just plain feels good! I was also often joined by my own furry friends Cleo and Finn who, true to their cat nature, are always curious about the yoga process!
Completing the 30 Days of Yoga Challenge has been very rewarding. The progress I made is measurable in both my yoga confidence level and my increased flexibility and decreased stress levels. I truly looked forward to each session. Doing an at home practice allowed me to fit it into my busy schedule and was completely free!
I plan to continue my yoga practice at least three days per week. Hopefully Elizabeth and I will find another structured weekly yoga class to attend in our community soon. I plan to work yoga sessions in to my current running and walking fitness regime. I highly recommend practicing yoga at home or at a studio. Yoga with Adriene is a great place to start your yoga journey, complete a 30 day challenge, or continue an established practice.
Find out how NBC’s Today Show’s Harry Smith felt after completing the 30 Days Of Yoga Challenge here.
For Step 3 of the Yogi Badge we made our own yoga mat bags and created dedicated yoga spaces in our homes! Check back next week for those posts.