Set Your New Year Intention With YJ’s Best Wisdom of 2016

We gave you a lot of wisdom to contemplate over the last 12 months. Here are our top 10 most popular pieces having to do with yogic principles and philosophy, from mantras to sutras to chakras. Catch up on the one you missed, or re-read your favorite here.

We gave you a lot of wisdom to contemplate over the last 12 months. From mantras to sutras to chakras, these were our top 10 most popular pieces on yogic principles, philosophy, and spirituality this year. Review them as you set your intentions for 2017.

13 Major Yoga Mantras to Memorize

Ever bumble your way through chants in yoga class? Here’s your chance to learn the words—and pick up a new practice. These Sanskrit and Gurmukhi mantras are classics you’ll likely encounter again and again.

Seeking Inspiration? Source It In These 30 Yoga Sutras

There’s so much more to yoga than what happens on the mat. When you need a little push in the right direction or a fresh perspective, the Yoga Sutra is your guidebook for living with intention. We handpicked 30 essential sutras to return to again and again.

30 Gratitude Quotes That Remind Us to Be More Thankful


The practice of mindfulness is powerful. Besides its stress-relieving benefits, research shows it can make us more productive, healthy, and compassionate. But when we focus on being mindful of our good fortune specifically, it can also boost relationships, optimism, and overall contentment. Here, 30 words of wisdom on the topic that inspire us to keep up our daily gratitude practice.

Quiz: Which of Your Chakras Is Out of Balance?


Do you feel like your to-do list is never-ending? Have you gained or lost a lot of weight? Take this quiz to find out which one of your chakras is out of balance.

12 Dharma Comics on the Truths of Life, Meditation, and Practice

Dharma Comics creator Leah Pearlman left a tech career to find herself in stick figures. Her series of truth-inspired comics helped her welcome the “goodness and fear, beauty and pain, yearning and humor” that are part of the human experience. Her new book, Drawn Together: Uplifting Comics on the Curious Journey Through Life and Love, is a collection of the most beloved of these illustrations. Here, she shares 12 of her poignant comics.

Yoga Etiquette + Philosophy: Do You Practice By the Rules?

Coral Brown

Coral Brown, teacher trainer, holistic psychotherapist, and longtime student of Shiva Rea, discusses 5 points of etiquette that come up in yoga classes (ahem, cell phones), and how they relate to yoga philosophy.

10 Yogis’ Election Reactions to Restore Our Faith in Love

As the world absorbs the shock of the 2016 presidential election results, we’re left wondering, what’s next? When faced with fear and division, we look to spiritual and inspirational leaders for guidance and unity. These 10 yogis logged on to Instagram to offer some comfort and wisdom about finding acceptance, seeking peace, working together, and always acting from love.

8 Ways to Weave Philosophy Into Your Classes

Giselle Mari teaching yoga.

Coral Brown and Giselle Mari explain how teachers can weave yogic principles into their classes without alienating or confusing their students. Here are their 8 best tips.

10 Myths About Yogis

Bad Yogi Erin Motz wants to set the record straight: Yoga really is for everyone. Here, she debunks 10 myths about yogis and their lifestyle.

10 Crystals to Tap for Creativity and Inspiration

the crystal wisdom

Before tea leaves, there were crystals, offering guidance and signs of possibility. Let these 10 stones open you up to a landscape of creativity and inspiration.