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#22aDayChallenge | A How To Guide

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#22aDayChallenge | A How To Guide

Chris Eder

We firmly believe that SUPPORT MUST PRECEDE ACTION…and that is why we not only picked accessible poses from Mindful Yoga Therapy, but we also have Veterans that represent just about every body type and yoga capability as hosts. Our hosts are broken down into three different groups: Modification, In-The-Pose, and To The Limits!

The #22aDayChallenge doesn’t officially kick-off until November 1st, but I would highly recommend you start following the hosts and the hashtag NOW…as we have already began highlighting the amazing Veteran Owned businesses that are sponsoring this challenge. Here is our list of hosts:

Modification Group:

1.     Chris E. | Retired Air Force | @afnbroadcaster

2.     Ali W. | Navy Spouse | @yoga_w_ali

3.     Emily H. | Army Spouse | @joyfulemily

4.     Vito V. | Air Force Veteran | @mad.pupil

In-The-Pose Group:

5.     Kimi P. | Active Duty Air Force | @ki.mi.p

6.     Vince G. | Active Duty Air Force | @af_yogi

7.     Juan M. | Air Force Veteran | @squealingdog

To The Limits Group:

8.     Liz C. | Navy Pilot | @lizcorwin

9.     Justin B. | Marine Veteran | @polockblaze

10. Ryan M. | Retired Army | @the_rionmac

The first pose of the challenge will go live October 31st, and each night our hosts will post a picture and description of each pose.

HERE IS AN EXAMPLE FROM THE LAST #22ADAYCHALLENGE Day 5 | Side Plank | I love to fly...maybe that is why I joined the Air Force! I feel so light and open when I am in this pose. If you're not too sure what PTSD really is and the challenges associated...PLEASE carve out some time to watch this. Here is a link to a talk I gave about De-Stigmatizing PTSD https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CrYZFXTELPM&feature=youtu.be THANK you to everyone who is helping to elevate this social conversation about#VeteranSuicide. I have tried real hard to like and comment on all of your posts. HOWEVER, it is finals week for me at school, so I am not sure how much 'instagram' time I will have. _()_Namaste, Chris Be sure to tag all sponsors & hosts and use our hashtag(s) so we can see your entry! *Your profile needs to be public!  @yoga_w_ali @malaforvets @mindfulyogatherapy @saveawarrior @givebackyogafoundation @fractal.9 @worldofjackiedesigns #yoga_w_ali #malaforvets #mindfulyogatherapy #saveawarrior #givebackyogafoundation #gratitude

HERE IS AN EXAMPLE FROM THE LAST #22ADAYCHALLENGE

Day 5 | Side Plank |
I love to fly...maybe that is why I joined the Air Force! I feel so light and open when I am in this pose.
If you're not too sure what PTSD really is and the challenges associated...PLEASE carve out some time to watch this. Here is a link to a talk I gave about De-Stigmatizing PTSD
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CrYZFXTELPM&feature=youtu.be

THANK you to everyone who is helping to elevate this social conversation about#VeteranSuicide. I have tried real hard to like and comment on all of your posts. HOWEVER, it is finals week for me at school, so I am not sure how much 'instagram' time I will have. _()_Namaste, Chris
Be sure to tag all sponsors & hosts and use our hashtag(s) so we can see your entry! *Your profile needs to be public! 
@yoga_w_ali @malaforvets @mindfulyogatherapy @saveawarrior
@givebackyogafoundation @fractal.9 @worldofjackiedesigns
#yoga_w_ali #malaforvets #mindfulyogatherapy #saveawarrior
#givebackyogafoundation #gratitude

HERE ARE SOME TIPS!

1.     Use the Challenge Hashtags and engage with the community: Not only is it important so we can track who is participating…and who we can pick as our winner(s)…but it is a great way to engage with and meet a new Kula (community) ofyogis. Check in with other yogis who are doing the challenge, leave comments of encouragement for them. Follow new yogis who you find inspiring. A full list of hashtags, hosts and sponsors will be included in every post.

2.     Post Daily: I know…like you don’t have anything better to do! Trust me…it is so much easier to stay up to date…rather than playing catch-up. PLUS…every day we will be picking a winner…so if you don’t post a pic…then you can’t win the prize(s) for that day.

3.     You Are You: Yoga is a very personal practice and if you’re not used to posting pictures of yourself, or looking at other people’s yoga pictures…it might be a little hard. Don’t compare yourself to anyone. Everybody has a different body…and everybody has a different practice.

4.     Like Other Yogi’s Pics: Support most definitely precedes action…liking a pic and leaving comments is a very thoughtful and compassionate practice.

5.     Practice Taking Pictures: This might be the most difficult part…especially if you have no help. My phone actually has a voice command that triggers the camera, so I can get into a pose and say either “cheese” or “capture” and the phone will take a picture. If your phone doesn’t have this…consider downloading a camera timer app.

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS…send me an email: malaforvets@gmail.com