Our Top Sequences of the Past Decade

You made this list possible. Here are the top 10 most-viewed sequences from the past decade.

Yoga’s popularity continued to explode this past decade, and we’re grateful that you turned to Yoga Journal for advice on developing your own practice. We compiled a list of the top 10 most popular yoga sequences on our website from 2010 to today. From hip-stabilizers to practices for processing powerful emotions, we count down a diverse list of tried-and-true sequences that can take you into 2020 – and beyond!


SIBO Made Simple | EP 28 | Environmental Toxins 101: How to Avoid Everyday Chemicals, Heavy Metals, and other Harmful Ingredients to Improve your Gut Health with Lara Adler

Environmental toxins are the giant purple elephant in the room. They are often the last thing to be addressed on someone’s journey to healing a chronic condition, and yet, the inconvenient truth is that everyday exposures–in our homes, our drinking water, our personal care products, even out mattresses–are doing more harm than we often give them credit for.

Before you start to panic: know that today’s conversation is not meant to scare you. Rather, my guest Lara Adler, aka the Environmental Toxins Nerd, is here to help you detox the areas of your life that are within your control, and try to not stress about the many things we can’t.

Lara is not only an expert in the field, she also trains health practitioners on the unaddressed link between every day toxic chemicals like heavy metals, endocrine disruptors, and mold and chronic health problems so that their patients can get better without hours of researching on their own.

For everyone out there—not just SIBO patients—this episode should be required listening.

A quick taste of what we’ll cover:

  • The definition of a “toxin”
  • How toxic exposures can play a role in resistant weight loss
  • Why limiting your toxic burden is so important for hormonal health and gut health
  • Ways people can test to see what they’re up against or find their baseline toxic load?
  • How to play environmental toxins detective and everything you need to know about your food, water and home
  • Whether the Clean 15 and Dirty dozen lists actually matter
  • We also get into recommendations for air and water filters, cleaner beauty products, and food storage containers
  • And finally, we talk about how you can live in this toxic world of ours without going crazy

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Yoga Teacher DJ Townsel Doesn't Want to Be a Trailblazer

The former NFL athlete opens up on reinventing stereotypes and what he *does* wish for the yoga community.

Growing up in Opa-locka neighborhood of Miami, Derrick “DJ” Townsel had never even heard of yoga until high school. But it was after several years of playing professional football—and feeling physically, mentally, and emotionally drained—that led him to YouTube, where he typed in “beginners yoga class” and started stretching out his tight shoulder and hips in daily 20-minute sessions. From there, nothing could stop his evolution from NFL athlete to international yoga teacher. (Read his full story here.) 

While filming his upcoming online program, Yoga for Strength & Flexibility, Townsel sat down with YJ to talk about shattering stereotypes and what he wants for the yoga community. 

Read also Why DJ Townsel Left the Football Field for a Yoga Studio

Ready to tap into your inner power? Join Derrick “DJ” Townsel—international yoga teacher, former NFL athlete, and entrepreneur—for Yoga for Strength & Flexibility, a six-week online challenge that blends yoga poses and body-resistance training. You’ll take on drills and practices that’ll focus on balance, mobility, control, endurance, and integration—and discover about how these themes show up in your life. Sign up today!


Self-Celebration Challenge

Join our 21 day challenge to inspire self-love and appreciation

The Intention

The end of the year can often bring up anxious and regretful thoughts. Many of us have developed clever strategies for avoiding these feelings, by centering this season on the practice of sharing “light and love” with those around us. But, when we ignore our own needs, we’re not setting ourselves up for success, in the moment, and in the New Year.

This challenge incorporates three daily tasks to evoke a little more love and compassion for yourself as you wrap-up 2019 and head into 2020.

Unlock the Challenge Below to a Receive Calendar Tracker and More!

The Journey

1. Gratitude Practice:

Each day our gratitude practice is focused on a specific topic so that you can reflect on different aspects of your year and how deserving you are of love.  

2. Body Love: 

Every day we challenge you to show your body tenderness and compassion!

3. “Self”-Loving Kindness Meditation: 

Take time each morning before you go out and join the world to set an intention for your day with this simple meditation challenges you to focus on showing yourself the love you readily show those around you during the holiday season. 


IKEA-Style Vegan Swedish Meatballs

These gluten-free vegan IKEA meatballs are brought to you in partnership with my friends Little Northern Bakehouse. As always opinions are 100 percent my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make this site and my Swedish meatball cravings possible!

When I think of IKEA, my most familiar association is not a trembling, near-collapse bureau drawer, nor the panic attack involved in building it. It’s not even the blue bags that were responsible for single handedly moving Charlie and I from our old apartment to our current home. Rather, when I think of Ikea, I think of Swedish meatballs. And then I think of my dad’s old assistant Darren.

Darren loved Ikea meatballs and used to brave the swollen throngs of college-bound cheap bookshelf seekers just to get his fix. This should not surprise me, since Darren also used to brave other horrors of dorm set-up without any promise of a creamy gravy sauce as compensation.

I used to call him “big brother Darren” because his responsibilities as my dad’s minion included moving me in and out of multiple dorm rooms, and chauffeuring me, my duffel bags, and mini fridge the 3-hour drive to and from. Needless to say, even though he never assembled furniture, Darren was an angel. And I only wish I had my cooking prowess back then to make him imitation Swedish IKEA meatballs as a thank you for all the schlepping.

My memories of what these meatballs actually taste like is a little fuzzy, but my hunch is that even if they weren’t packed with gluten, I wouldn’t be crazy about the mystery meat concoction today. For the die-hard fans amongst us though (and big brother Darren, I know you’re out there somewhere), I thought it would be fun to craft a plant-based, gluten-free version …

Engage and Energize Your Body (Even on Days You're Stuck at a Desk)

Don’t have time for a mat-based practice today? You can energize and strengthen your body anywhere with this simple chair yoga sequence. It’s perfect for deskbound days, or as a break when you’re feeling sluggish in your body or mind.

This sequence from Mindful Chair Yoga Deck by Jennifer Cohen Harper and Mayuri Gonzales can be done from almost anywhere and is appropriate for kids and adults. Get the book here. 

See also An Accessible Yoga Practice You Can Do In a Chair


Prosciutto Wrapped Figs with Grana Padano Red Onion Jam

This recipe was created in partnership with Icons of European Taste, a joint promotional program to promote Prosciutto di Parma–whose cured hams I dream about on a regular basis-Grana Padano and Prosciutto di San Daniele.

For whatever reason, I didn’t grow up eating cured ham in my house.

You could say things changed drastically when the Pancake Man came into my life in terms of the frequency and devotion level with which I now embrace weekend charcuterie and breakfast bacon.

But really, my tastes evolved about 10 years ago when I was studying abroad in Rome. There, you didn’t go to the deli counter and get a pound of turkey for sandwiches. Instead, you chose from an array of giant hanging ham legs from various regions, each with its own texture, saltiness and funk.prosciutto and gana padano on a cutting boardfresh cut figs on a plateonions and butter in a pot

Needless to say, I spent my semester falling out of love with a boy I left back home at college, and into the throes of a mad deep passion for prosciutto. I ate it in loose-leaf piles when I needed a lazy snack, wrapped it around figs for our collegiate version of a “fancy” dinner party with 5 euro jugs of wine, and papered ciabatta with thin slices for my lunches.

When I got back to the States, I realized how hard it was to find authentic prosciutto from the old country in most supermarkets, not that I could really afford it at the time. Now though, I know all the tricks for seeking it out. My usual go-to is to ask for Prosciutto di Parma, which is made with traditional methods using only two ingredients—pork and sea salt—and has a subtle salty, sweet flavor. At the deli counter, you can ask to see the Parma crown branded into the leg to ensure it’s …