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YJ Tried It: Top Trends of the Past Decade

From the wacky to the wild, our editors and contributors tried a lot of strange trends this past decade so you don't have to.

Ask anybody at Yoga Journal and our YJ Tried It column stands out as a favorite. We encourage readers to get out of their comfort zones, and participating in new trends is one way to open your heart to curiosity. Some things we loved and continue to practice, like ecstatic dance and ASMR meditation. Others, we can live without (we’re looking at you, cold exposure). In the end, every new experience expanded our horizons, and we’re grateful to have had the opportunity to cover them. 

For this new decade, we challenge you to embrace the spirit of YJ Tried It in your own lives. Go to that new studio that opened up down the street; attend an event hosted by a community that you’ve never interacted with before; sit through a lecture on a topic that you haven’t heard of. Get excited by the unknown and continue to grow. 

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Ecstatic Dance

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When Yoga Journal Senior Editor Meghan Rabbitt found herself at an ecstatic dance class in Bali, she dropped all of her inhibitions—and it changed her yoga practice.

Read it here.

“I Tried the Wim Hof Method and My Yoga Practice Helped Me Through It”

Sky went to Poland to train with the Iceman Wim Hof as part of the making of a documentary for the YouTube channel Yes Theory.

Watch it here.

Crystal Light Bed Therapy

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As a yogi, you’ve likely picked up a crystal or a mala—and maybe hoped it could help you cultivate what you lack. But would you buy into crystal healing as an alternative therapy?

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Would You Vape Essential Oils?

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You may diffuse essential oils in your home or dab them on your body, but have you tried vaping them? YJ intern Jentry Womack tried it.

Read it here.

Inside the ASMR Meditation People Are Calling a Brain Orgasm

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One Yoga Journal editor replaced her daily meditation practice with ASMR YouTube videos for a week. Here’s what happened.

Read it here.

White Tantric Yoga

White Tantric Yoga

Writer Jennifer Davis-Flynn joins hundreds in white garb for a day of meditation in which you hold eye contact with a partner.

Read it here.

The Acupuncture Facelift

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Yoga Journal Senior Editor Meghan Rabbitt volunteered to play pincushion in the name of journalism—and beauty.

Read it here.

Silent Disco Yoga

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Wireless headphones meet asana. And it’s more than the next fad—it’s a pretty smart fix for a variety of teaching challenges.

Read it here.

I Survived a 10-Day Silent Vipassana Meditation Retreat

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Patricia Pena Photography

What happens when a seasoned yoga teacher and meditation practitioner goes on a 10-day silent vipassana meditation retreat? Lauren Eckstrom reports.

Read it here.

Salt Therapy Treatment

Salt Therapy Treatment Spa

Want to breathe a little bit easier? Some say the solution is sitting in a salt-filled room.

Read it here.