It’s been an interesting year for the yoga community. We watched yoga teachers struggle with social media stardom and the business of yoga; our focus shifted from high intensity yoga asana to slower, more mindful sequences that nurture and prime our bodies for a life-long practice; and our meditations included mantras and essential oils to keep us zen during challenging times. Read our top articles of 2018 now. Then, let’s collectively keep the peace and tranquil vibes going through 2019.
Yoga Journal’s Top Articles in 2018
10 ‘Simple’ Yoga Poses That Help Everyone at Any Age
These 10 “simple” poses and practices might just be the best tools yoga has to offer, with huge benefits for your body and mind at any age or stage of life.
7 Best Yoga Mats, According to 7 Top Teachers Around the World
With countless options, it can be tough to choose a new yoga mat. To help you find the best yoga mat for you, we asked top teachers from around the world to share their favorites.
What You Need to Know About Fascia
Fascia is a buzzword in the yoga world right now. Here’s everything you need to know about this connective tissue—and how to use the knowledge to deepen your yoga practice.
The Science Behind Finding Your Mantra and How to Practice It Daily
Ever wonder what you’re chanting during yoga class that always seems to instill a profound sense of calm? Take a look at the neuroscience behind how mantras make potent additions to your yogic practices, and find one that works best for you.
6 Yoga Warm-Ups for Wrist Pain and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
In this excerpt from his new book Yoga Therapy: Foundations, Methods, and Practices for Common Ailments, Mark Stephens offers methods for warming up and massaging the wrists to reduce pain in yoga practice.
Anatomy 101: Get to Know Your Glute Muscles
Strong, supportive glutes are key to a safe, pain-free yoga practice. Here’s what you need to know about the glute muscles (the gluteus maximus, medius, and minimus), plus four poses that make them stronger.
Kathryn Budig Shares How She Finally Started Living the Life She Actually Wants
Taking us with her on a profoundly personal journey, Kathryn Budig reflects on everything that’s led her to now—the most authentic place she’s ever been.
WTF Just Happened with Alo, Cody App, Kino and the Instagram Yoga Community
In this Instagram blowout between Alo, Cody App, and teachers Dana Falsetti and Kino MacGregor, the yoga community revealed—in both supportive and damning comments—how complicated yoga business and social media can be.
5 Essential Oils Combos That Smell Better Than Your Favorite Candles
These DIY essential oil blends will help you finally break your scented candle habit.
12 Yin Yoga Poses to Awaken Dormant Energy and Recharge Your Practice
This sequence is full of hip-openers and spinal twists to help you balance energy and nourish your qi.