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We thought we needed yoga before, but this year made it non-negotiable. 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
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.
2. Sadie Nardini’s Quick HIIT Home Practice
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!
3. Lara Catone’s Home Practice to Awaken Your Sexual Vitality
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.
4. Karena Virginia & Dharm Khalsa’s Detoxifying Kundalini Yoga Sequence
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.
5. Tiffany Russo’s Safe, Core-Supported Backbending Sequence
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.