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What Truly Inspires Yoga Teacher DJ Townsel


The former NFL athlete has uplifted fans and students with his story. Now he shares what lights him up.

Former NFL athlete Derrick “DJ” Townsel has uplifted fans and students with his story. During a recent shoot, YJ asked the international yoga teacher and entrepreneur to share what inspires him. Here, watch his response.

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Fire Up Your Full Body with This Progressive 20-Minute Practice


Looking to build physical *and* mental resilience? Get on your mat…

Listen, this practice may be a shortie, but it won’t take long to fire up your muscles. Yoga teacher, personal trainer, and former NFL athlete Derrick “DJ” Townsel will lead you through 20 minutes of progressive movements—including explosive lunge jumps and pulsating Chaturangas—to hone power, balance, and control in your body and mind. Grab a towel, ‘cause you’re definitely going to sweat… 

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This Lunging Drill Will Power Up Your Practice


Build leg strength and mental resilience with this 7-minute exercise from yoga teacher Derrick “DJ” Townsel.

Get ready to generate some serious power! In this drill, Derrick “DJ” Townsel—yoga teacher, personal trainer, and former NFL athlete—will lead you through a 7-minute series of lunges that will build muscle in your legs and challenge your balance and control. (It’s a sneak peek from his six-week program with YJ, Yoga for Strength & Flexibility.) You’ll start slow with pulsating lunges, but don’t be fooled: By the time you get to the explosive lunge jumps, you’ll break a sweat. 

Ready to tap into your inner power? Join DJ Townsel 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!

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DJ Townsel: This Is What Surprises People Most About Me


The yoga teacher and former NFL athlete shares a not-so-secret secret, and it’s incredibly endearing.

With his background as a professional football player and Instagram posts showcasing wicked inversions that defy gravity, DJ Townsel says that most people assume he’s a jock. But if they do, he says, they’re (definitely) missing a big part of who he is.

While YJ filmed his upcoming program, Yoga for Strength & Flexibility, we sat down with him and asked him to share one thing most folks don’t know about him. Here, he shares a not-so-secret secret, and it’s incredibly endearing.

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!

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5 Poses to Survive Your Family This Holiday

Does your family of origin know exactly how to push your buttons? This sequence will help you react and communicate from your true self, not your childhood self.

It’s okay to take a little time for yourself in the midst of family “togetherness.”

It’s often called “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” but the Holidays are often the most challenging. Even those of us with dedicated practices can experience frustration and anger with our families. 

Renowned spiritual teacher Ram Dass famously said, “If you think you are enlightened, go spend a week with your family.” I personally cannot count the amount of holidays I was wrapping my legs behind my head doing Ashtanga in the hallway to stay sane, while my family members wrapped gifts in the other room.

Why do we get so triggered? 

Often, our mind is hijacked by old relationship dynamics and familiar scripts. We lose the clarity of the present moment and connection to our true Self. We start responding as if we were 10 years old again, instead of the more evolved adult we have become. 

See also 4-Step Meditation to Beat Holiday Stress

Luckily, we can call on yoga to help. Our practice is truly the gift that keeps on giving. As children and teens, managing our feelings and making sense of emotions might have been challenging. Now as adults, we have skills we can employ when frustrated or sad, such as language, self-compassion, and even specific poses. This can be incredibly healing!

Beneath even the most meaningful layers, like our identity and familial connection, there is a place inside of us that is eternal and invincible. This is a place of love, patience, connection, and generosity. This is our true nature. We glimpse this place every time we get on the mat, …

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!

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Wild Thing Pose Cues


Here are helpful cues to practice Wild Thing Pose correctly and safely

  1. Begin in Downward Facing Dog, then step the feet an inch closer together
  2. Root down through the whole of each hand, sending the shoulders back and up and lengthening the spine and waist
  3. Press down with the big toe mounds while lifting the inner arches
  4. Inhale rock forward to Plank; exhale come onto the outer left foot and left hand, stacking the ankles and taking the right arm towards the ceiling
  5. In Vashistasana, reach for the floor with the left big toe mound to engage the left outer hip, lifting it away from the floor
  6. Push the floor away with the left hand and reach vigorously through the right hand to broaden across the collarbones
  7. Inhale here, then exhale, step the right toes to the floor behind the left leg, with the right knee bent
  8. Continue to push the floor away with the left hand so that left shoulder stays back from the wrist, then sweep the right hand past the ear, palm down
  9. Recommit to plugging into the floor with the left big toe mound to lift the hips
  10. Move the shoulder blades in and up to open the chest from behind
  11. Lift the thoracic spine towards the sternum and then allow the head to drop back, making sure that the curve of the neck is a continuation of the curve of the upper back
  12. Hold for 5 breaths then return to Downward-facing and repeat on the other side

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