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Yoga Journal 21 Day Yoga Challenge

Has Yoga Lost Its Soul?: Capitalism & Opportunity

Justin Hakuta | Posted 04.04.2012 | Healthy Living
Justin Hakuta

Commercialization presents a mixed bag of opportunities and challenges to yoga as a discipline and cultural movement in the West. Although the benefits are substantial, the challenges present the risk of yoga becoming formulaic and commodified like so many other mature industries today.

WATCH: Yoga For Restful Sleep, Day 21

Posted 01.30.2012 | Healthy Living

Jason Crandell brings the 21-day challenge to a close with a nighttime series that will help you relax and prepare for the week ahead. Do you think yo...

WATCH: Sidebends, Day 20

Posted 01.28.2012 | Healthy Living

With the Yoga Challenge winding down, it's time to start thinking about how you'll bring the practice to your workouts off the mat. This series of sid...

WATCH: Gentle Flow, Day 19

Posted 01.27.2012 | Healthy Living

"It's time to take it down a notch. Wind down from the work week (and the Yoga Challenge, which ends Sunday!) with this calming series. When our pa...

WATCH: Yoga For Noon, Day 18

Posted 03.27.2012 | Healthy Living

If you find yourself staring at your computer screen in a post-breakfast slump, this is the series for you. And further proof that yoga is an anytime ...

WATCH: Hip Openers, Day 17

Posted 01.25.2012 | Healthy Living

We've cycled back to hip openers -- an important series that helps create space in the pelvis and hips, improving alignment. When our partner Yoga ...

WATCH: Backbends, Day 16

Posted 01.24.2012 | Healthy Living

Today's standing series gets advanced with a deepened backbend practice. Open that heart chakra and welcome Tuesday! When our partner Yoga Journal ...

WATCH: Morning Sequence, Day 15

Posted 01.23.2012 | Healthy Living

Say hello to the last week of your yoga challenge with this morning flow. The series should start to feel familiar, which is a good sign that your pra...

WATCH: Evening Sequence, Day 14

Posted 01.22.2012 | Healthy Living

Morning yoga sequences can be energizing and set the tone for the day, but this sequence is responsible for starting the work week with the right tone...

WATCH: Quieting Practice, Day 13

Posted 01.21.2012 | Healthy Living

Now that the weekend is upon us, it's time to wind down. This practice has a calming pace, but still works in a deep stretch to help your muscles rele...

WATCH: Yoga For Better Energy, Day 12

Posted 01.20.2012 | Healthy Living

Who couldn't use more energy? This series will get the blood flowing and the heart pumping -- readying you for a strong finish at week's end. When ...

WATCH: Forward Bends, Day 11

Posted 01.20.2012 | Healthy Living

Today's series focuses on restorative forward bends that can help create a moving meditation, shedding tensions from the week. When our partner Yog...

WATCH: Core Focus, Day 10

Posted 01.19.2012 | Healthy Living

Today's practice continues the core training first introduced on Day Five. When our partner Yoga Journal put out the call for their 21-Day Yoga Ch...

Yoga Journal 21-Day Challenge: Finding Wiggle Room In A Tight Spot

Meredith Melnick | Posted 03.18.2012 | Healthy Living
Meredith Melnick

Core training within the yoga tradition doesn't focus on the muscles contracting; the emphasis is on openness. Instead of putting your attention on what's being tightened or clamped down, consider the places on your body that are allowed to stretch in new ways.

WATCH: Standing Poses, Day 9

Posted 01.17.2012 | Healthy Living

Today's practice deepens the strength and stability found in a series of standing poses, first introduced on Day Four. When our partner Yoga Journ...

WATCH: Awakening Practice, Day 8

Posted 01.16.2012 | Healthy Living

The second week of our yoga challenge begins with a sequence meant to further loosen the neck and shoulders, releasing tension. It introduces utkatasa...

WATCH:Day 7, Hip Openers

Posted 01.15.2012 | Healthy Living

Hip opening asanas help make you feel limber and strong. This series works to get muscles pliant and blood flow moving at the center of the body. W...

WATCH: Shoulder Openers, Day 6

Posted 01.14.2012 | Healthy Living

Release the week's stress with this Saturday morning seated series that focuses on the neck and shoulders. When our partner Yoga Journal put out t...

WATCH: Core Focus, Day 5

Posted 01.13.2012 | Healthy Living

Today's video champions the core -- the muscles around your abdomen, back and rib cage that help support and improve posture and alignment. It might b...

Watch: Standing Poses, Day 4

Posted 01.12.2012 | Healthy Living

Today's series is all about lifting and lengthening. These standing poses express the full reach of our bodies, from toes to finger tips. That brings ...

Sun Salutations

Meredith Melnick | Posted 03.12.2012 | Healthy Living
Meredith Melnick

Over the past couple of days, the yoga poses from Yoga Journal's 21-Day Yoga Challenge have focused largely on standing poses and, in particular, the sun salutation series, Surya Namaskar.

Yoga For The Morning, Day 3

Posted 01.11.2012 | Healthy Living

For the second day in a row, the Yoga Journal 21-Day Yoga Challenge is focusing on energizing standing asanas (yoga poses). This morning, Jason Crande...

Yoga Journal 21-Day Yoga Challenge, Day 2: Happy Days practice With Lilias Folan (VIDEO)

Posted 01.10.2012 | Healthy Living

Yesterday, we ramped up our energy as part of the inaugural yoga flow. Today's sequence is all about "connecting with your inner joy" as part of a 30-...

Yoga Journal 21 Day Yoga Challenge, Day 1: Morning Sequence With Kate Holcombe (VIDEO)

Posted 01.09.2012 | Healthy Living

"Gently waken and energize the body by linking breath to movement." That's the directive from Kate Holcombe, a well-known San Francisco-based yoga ins...