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The 12 Articles You Couldn’t Get Enough Of In 2022

The expert advice, glimpses into others' lives, and everyday solutions that kept you clicking and talking throughout the year.

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You, dear readers, are a diverse crowd. And if the articles you decided to read and share during the last twelve months are any indication, you’re an achy, stressed-out, kind, and curious lot who love the Beatles.

You turn to yoga to strengthen and stretch, to challenge and calm, to remind yourself of your potential and your patience, to escape from your current situation and, conversely, find ease in it. You’re also into reformation, education, and meditation, and the answers you seek veer from the practical to the aspirational. We dare say some of you even aspire to enlightenment. (Uh, we’re still working on that last one).

The thread throughout these topics? Self-awareness in all its many shapes and forms, which reiterates what so many of us appreciate about the practice of yoga. It pretty much meets you wherever you are and whatever your situation. Without fail. And so we thought you’d like to voyeuristically glance at what other readers found most compelling this year. Chances are you’ll feel the same.

12 most-read articles on Yoga Journal in 2022

Man sitting and stretching tight hamstrings and low back
(Photo: Andrew Clark)

1. 6 Essential Stretches for Tight Hamstrings and Hip Flexors

Nothing happens in isolation. Quantum physics explains this. Yoga embodies this. This means that when you complain about those achingly tight hamstrings, you need to ask if you’re also stretching hip flexors. These stretches show you how.

A doctor checks a person's blood pressure
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2. 6 Yoga Poses for High Blood Pressure

The line from this article that surprised our editors most? “According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, nearly half of adults have hypertension, yet many people don’t even know they have it.” Yoga can help. Here’s how—and the science behind it.

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3. I Always Pause and Look at Students’ Feet Before I Teach Yoga. Here’s Why

The subtle and unexpected cues that one teacher reads as students settle onto their mats.

Boris Becker, who is teaching yoga in prison, appears at an award ceremony in Monaco before being convicted.
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4. Former Tennis Pro Boris Becker is Taking—and Teaching—Yoga in Prison

When a German tabloid reported that the three-time Wimbledon champion was leading others in “a special type of yoga and meditation” at Huntercombe Prison, we became curious about mental tenacity and how it’s demanded by the tennis circuit and offered by yoga.

(Photo: Ty Milford)

5. 6 Essential Stretches for (Intense) Lower Back Pain

Our instinct, when we experience breathtakingly intense lower back pain, is typically to remain completely still or pretend we can go about everyday life as usual. These are literally the worst things you can do. Here’s what to try instead.

Paul McCartney points to the crowd
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6. 80-Year-Old Paul McCartney’s Yoga Practice May Be The Most Inspiring Thing I’ve Seen

Rock stars love yoga, too. Including octogenarian ones who are former members of the Beatles.

A person demonstrates High Lunge in yoga
(Photo: Andrew Clark; Clothing: Calia)

7. 12 Yoga Poses for Strong Legs

If you care to walk, run, hike, bike, ski, practice yoga, or otherwise fully engage with life, you need strong legs. Here’s how to get them.

A person holds a notebook with their pen poised above the page. Light shines down on the black writing.
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8. “I Thought I Was Just Keeping a Journal. I Was Actually Tapping Into My Higher Consciousness.”

What happens when writing and meditation merge?

A person demonstrates a glute bridge
(Photo: Ty Milford)

9. The Best Stretches for When You’re Recovering From Low Back Pain

Able to move a little without grimacing? Good. These moves will escort you all the way back to your usual self.

Two people practice yoga with a YouTube video
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10. The 9 Best Yoga YouTube Channels

No more being frustrated by your studio’s limited class schedule or not knowing whose class to livestream.

Woman in Legs-Up-the-Wall Pose
(Photo: Andrew Clark; Clothing: Calia)

11. 24 Cues for Legs Up the Wall That You’ve Probably Never Heard

Sometimes all it takes is a single uncommon cue to help you (or your students) truly settle into the magic of this trending restorative pose.

(Photo: Renee Choi)

12. The Absolute Best Yoga Poses to Practice After Sitting All Day

Step away from your computer. And then turn to these stretches.