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Serena Williams

@serenawilliams - 4.8 million followers

This year, Williams won Wimbledon—matching Steffi Graf's record-tying 22 Grand Slam titles—and set a record of spending 186 weeks ranked at No. 1. And while her athletic dominance is praiseworthy on its own, one of our favorite moments of 2016 was the open letter she penned in Porter Magazine's Incredible Women of 2016 issue last week to "all incredible women who strive for excellence." The tennis superstar voiced her gripes with being defined as a great "female" athletes while LeBron James and Roger Federer are never touted among the greatest "male" athletes. She sent one of the greatest messages women everywhere should hear loud and clear: "We should never let this go unchallenged. We should always be judged by our achievements, not our gender."

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Nikki Bella

@thenikkibella - 5 million followers

The top-followed pro wrestler Nikki Bella was sidelined for the first half of the year after having surgery for a neck injury in January. But after 10 months of being out of the ring, the Total Divas star made a surprise appearance fighting at WWE's SummerSlam. On Instagram, she said of the moment, "7 months ago when I had surgery I hoped for that day to come but was told it wouldn't. I prayed and trained so hard that it would. I just knew that I couldn't have already had my ending in the ring. I just wouldn't accept it. The @wwe universe keeps me alive. You give me energy that no one else can give me. You challenge me. You make me want to be better." Her determination and comeback is proof of what hard work and the support of the #BellaArmy can give you.

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Ronda Rousey

@rondarousey - 8.8 million followers

When Rousey graced the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue, she proved once and for all that being strong and powerful is damn sexy—one of the most empowering highlights from her 2016, in our opinion. Don't get us wrong: Ronda Rousey should first and foremost be applauded for being the kickass fighter who stole all our hearts (and envy). But Rousey took all of 2016 off from fighting after losing her title at the end of last year. And while the badass fighter will be back in the Octagon on December 30, she's spent much of the year enjoying being such a powerful role model—including redefining the whole idea of "perfection" and was named one of TIME's 100 most influential people.

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Supine Spinal Twist with Eagle Legs

Your spine and entire body will thank you for closing out your yoga practice with a twist, especially after back bending. This eagle-legged variation of a supine spinal twist is perfect when you don't have space to stretch in both directions at once.

  • Lie on back. Bend both knees in toward chest and cross right leg over left once, and then twice if possible, crossing right foot behind left ankle for eagle legs.
  • Scoot hips to the right and allow knees to fall to the left.
  • Keeping both shoulders on the ground, take your left hand to the outer right thigh and reach the right arm out to the side. Look to the right.
  • Stay here for 5 to 10 deep breaths. Repeat on the other side.

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Drop Backs at the Wall

  • Begin in wheel pose. Lie on your back with your knees bent and feet on the ground hip-width apart.
  • Outer edges of your feet are parallel. Bend your elbows and place your hands on either side of your head, shoulder-width apart, with fingers pointing toward shoulders and your wrists lined up at the wall. Pressing into your feet and hands equally, lift your hips and lengthen your arms.
  • Keep pressing into your feet through the big toes and reach your chest toward the wall as you stay here for at least 3 deep breaths.
  • When you feel ready, transfer most of your weight into your feet, and one at a time walk your hands up the wall until you are standing.
  • Take a breath with your hands at your heart to steady yourself.
  • Then, making sure your feet are still parallel to one another, and not turning out, reach your prayer up and behind your head, reversing the crawl of your hands down the wall and into your wheel pose. Repeat this as many times as you like.

Photo: Cassandra Bianco