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Our Favorite Features from the Past Decade

From a deep dive into psychedelics and spiritual enlightenment to the #metoo movement in the yoga world to the healing effects of yoga in our schools and military, we have rounded up some of our favorite features from the past decade.

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Pour a cup of tea, grab a blanket, and sink into the sofa to enjoy some of our most illuminating features of the past ten years. We look forward to bringing you continued coverage of the evolving, rapidly growing community and timeless practice of yoga in the years to come.  

#TimesUp: Ending Sexual Abuse in the Yoga Community

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Rocked by #metoo stories of sexual misconduct in the yoga community and beyond, students, teachers, and organizations alike are speaking out—and figuring out where we go from here. Whether you’ve been personally affected or simply want to do what you can to help, here’s a place to start.

Originally appeared in the March 2018 issue.

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Would You Consider Trying Psychedelics to Take Your Practice to Another Level?

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ANDREW BANNECKER

Psychedlics are having a moment. Psychiatrists are administering magic mushrooms in medical centers while yogis host ceremonies with psychoactive tea. This resurgence in research and recreational use may have something to teach us about spiritual enlightenment. Here, we explore the potential role of psychedelics within a yoga practice or as therapeutic treatment.

Originally appeared in the March/April 2019 issue.

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The Good Fight: How Yoga Is Being Used in the Military

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JEFF WOJTASZEK

Spurred in part by the crushing opioid epidemic, the Department of Defense and other federal agencies have been spearheading efforts to manage and mitigate pain and mental health problems among active service members. Yoga, as it turns out, is one of the rising stars. While those in the trenches say there is a long way to go before yoga can be broadly and systemically deployed within the military, the foundation is being laid for using asana, meditation, and other holistic therapies to make military personnel more resilient.

Originally appeared in the November 2018 issue.

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Is 200 Hours Enough to Teach Yoga?

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The proliferation of 200-hour yoga teacher trainings may be good for business, but is it keeping the practice safe and true to tradition?

Originally appeared in the November 2016 issue.

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Yoga for Every Body: 4 Yogis Re-Defining the Practice in America

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Paul Miller

Part of our mission at Yoga Journal is to expand the conversation and include a more diverse group of yogis in print and on the web.

Originally appeared in the June 2017 issue.

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How to Honor the Roots of Yoga as a Western Student

How to Honor the Roots of Yoga as a Western Yogi
Christopher Dougherty

Teachers, researchers, scholars, and activists weigh in on modern yoga and how we might practice with more integrity and respect.

Originally appeared in the May/June 2019 issue.

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The A-to-Z Guide to Yoga Cues

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With so many teaching styles—not to mention so many variations on the same cues and ever-changing thinking on what’s safe and not—it can be tough to know which cues to listen to and which ones to ignore. Enter this guide: an incomplete roundup of the good, the bad, and the just plain funny.

Originally appeared in the August 2017 issue.

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How Yoga in Schools Helps Kids De-Stress

Yoga helps kids manage pressure and cultivate strength, ultimately setting the stage for happiness and success.

Originally appeared in the October 2012 issue.

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How Yoga Calms Anxiety Holistically

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For those suffering from anxiety, yoga can be a lifeline. Here’s why doctors are increasingly recommending it as a complementary therapy.

Originally appeared in the September 2015 issue.

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18 Reasons to Practice Self-Care

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Asana, pranayama, and meditation are key tools for combatting everyday stressors. Learn how taking care of yourself can create a ripple effect of positivity in your mind and body.

Originally appeared in the June 2018 issue.

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