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Yoga Journal’s 10 Most Practiced Sequences of 2017

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We thought we needed yoga before, but this year made it nonnegotiable. Your clicks tell us you feel the same. They also say that along with the all of the hip-opening, sweat-stoking, detoxifying release, you want a practice that better equips you to take on everything the real world throws your way—ever faster and more furiously. The following collection speaks for itself: our 10 most popular practices of the year all in one place. 

1. Vinnie Marino’s Home Practice for Happy, Open Hips

Vinnie Marino horse stance

Hip openers are a perennial yoga favorite, and arm balances a close second. Combining the two is a powerful formula for rising above whatever is dragging you down. So it comes as no surprise that Vinnie Marino’s stabilizing sequence, preparing the body to open up into Eka Pada Galavasana, was our most popular practice of the year. 

See also The 10 Yoga Sequences That Won 2016

2. Sadie Nardini’s Quick HIIT Home Practice

Fists-of-Fire Flying Lunge sadie nardini

This sequence’s one-and-done approach is likely what won it enough clicks to command second place in this roundup. In 15–20 minutes, this empowering practice set to a high-intensity interval training (HIIT) tempo burns calories and builds strength. Thanks, Sadie!

See also 10 Poses to Steal from Yoga Hybrids

3. Lara Catone’s Home Practice to Awaken Your Sexual Vitality

Shake It Out

The more divided we become, the more connection we crave. Perhaps that’s why this powerful, prana-stirring sequence, drawing from ancient Taoist and Tantric energy practices as well as modern science, made 2017’s top three. 

See also Quiz: Your Perfect Yoga Style Decoded—By Your Bedroom Preferences

4. Karena Virginia & Dharm Khalsa’s Detoxifying Kundalini Yoga Sequence

Reclining Leg Lifts kundalini

This Kundalini set excerpted from ESSENTIAL KUNDALINI YOGA: An Invitation to Radiant Health, Unconditional Love, and the Awakening of Your Energetic Potential was our fourth most popular sequence of 2017 likely for its enticing promises. Raise your hand if you DON’T want six moves that can clear your complexion, prevent depression, eliminate toxins, boost weight loss, and enhance overall radiance by way of digestion. 

See also A Kundalini Yoga Sequence to Find Your Courage

5. Tiffany Russo’s Safe, Core-Supported Backbending Sequence

Tiffany Russo camel pose

Love ’em or hate ’em, backbends are safest when practiced with support from the core. That’s likely why SmartFlow teacher trainer Tiffany Russo’s sequence to consciously engage the muscles needed to protect the lumbar spine made this year’s top five. 

See also 8 Innovative Ways to Use a Bolster to Explore Backbends in Your Body

6. Carrie Owerko’s Balance- and Stability-Building Sequence for Handstand

Handstand, carrie owerko

This sequence’s popularity is proof that the Handstand balance trend is still going strong. Try Senior Intermediate Iyengar teacher Carrie Owerko’s creative approach to find the necessary core and leg stability you need to catch that air, even momentarily. 

Want more? Sign up now for Carrie Owerko’s Iyengar 101 course with Yoga Journal.  

7. Deepak Chopra’s Yoga Sequence to Reach Higher Consciousness

meditation, Sarah Platt-Finger, Deepak Chopra, breathing

If ever there was a time to foster deeper connection, it is now. This heart- and mind-opening practice from Deepak Chopra’s yoga teacher, Sarah Platt-Finger, connects you to your higher consciousness. Discover how finding this mind-body connection allows you to feel open, expansive, and at one with everything around you. 

Want more? Sign up now for our online course Finding Connection Through Yoga with Deepak Chopra, MD

8. Nicole Sciacca’s Daily Core Practice

forearm-plank-core

One thing we know about our readers: You love to hate core work and always want more. Slip these poses from LA-based teacher Nicole Sciacca into your daily routine (if you haven’t already) to strengthen your core muscles and maintain a strong and flexible spine.

See also 12-Minute Core Strength Sequence (for Real People)

9. Yoga for Bad People’s Travel-Balancing Sequence

Dancer’s Pose

Yoga for Bad People founders Heather Lilleston and Katelin Sisson shared their answer to jet lag and a travel-tense body. Next time you get off a plane, train, or automobile, refresh your psoas, lower back, shoulders, chest, hamstrings, and joints with this quick sequence.

See also Heather Lilleston’s 10 Must-Know Tricks to Getting the Best Rest Possible on a Red-Eye

10. Chelsea Jackson Roberts’s Chest-Opening Sequence to Align Your Heart Chakra

Chelsea Jackson Chair Pose

Despite all the exclusion and alienation in the U.S. this year, we’re heartened to see that YJ readers are cultivating the opposite. This sequence opening the heart chakra to be more receptive and compassionate to all was one of our 10 most popular of the year.

Want more? Sign up now for Yoga Journal’s online course Inclusivity Training for Yoga: Building Community with Compassion