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A week of RISE!

We are kicking off a week of RISE on the Find What Feels Good Yoga Membership and everyone is invited! RISE is also available to purchase as a downloadable collection here.


Today the mantra is… YES.

Yes ma’am.

Yes sir.

Yes please.

Yes to Yoga - the union, the unknown - the reality of what is and what feels good.

Woah.

Just a little bit of awareness each day goes a long way.

So today’s simple reminder…

Say Yes.

What can you say yes to?

Yes to your yoga practice?

Yes to a water with lemon before your coffee?

Yes to saying “I love you” before “hurry up!”

Yes to forgiveness.

Yes to moving on.

Yes to new beginnings.

Say yes to your neighbor blasting opera at full volume.

Yes to this idea of rising up, rising above and yes to showing up for yourself each day.

Write it down - what are you going to say YES to today?

Now, I know that there is a time and a place where we need to be able to say NO. But when it comes to the RISE launch and this idea of mindful mornings and how that can bleed into our our everyday. I’m saying YES.

 Here are some YES vibes coming from the Kula:

“I just have to tell you, I caved. I'm a grad student on a budget, and I tried to tell myself Rise would have to wait. I just couldn’t. Did Rise Day 1 today. I was so invigorated and so inspired that I immediately cued the Foundations of Flow video and dove into more. Thank you, Adriene, for inspiring this community. Thank you community for being a safe place to learn and grow. Thank you yoga for helping me overcome migraines and computer postures, and encouraging me to eat better and find what feels good. I say yes to my adventures. I say yes to self care. I say yes to not letting setbacks overcome me. Namaste, my friends.”  - Shelly

“I just said YES to a morning with RISE. Yes to yummie, sleepy stretches. Yes to the drive across Europe today with pretty fall foliage all around me. Yes to my giant mug of coffee this morning. Yes to my workplace. Yes to a flat that begins to feel like home. Yes to both parents alive. Yes to internet and a way to find what feels good. Yes to discovering Adriene a year ago. Yes to my daily yoga fix. YES, I am so happy to be part of this kula! Wishing you all a happy day. YES, dare to be happy! smile emoticon I dare. Do you?”- Marta

And here is one of the greatest poems ever written, by the queen herself:

Still I Rise

BY MAYA ANGELOU
You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I'll rise.
Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
’Cause I walk like I've got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.
Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I'll rise.
Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops,
Weakened by my soulful cries?
Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don't you take it awful hard
’Cause I laugh like I've got gold mines
Diggin’ in my own backyard.
You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.
Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I've got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?
Out of the huts of history’s shame
I rise
Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
I rise
I'm a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise
Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise
I rise

I rise.

Yes, 

Adriene

24 comments on “A week of RISE!”

  1. I'm enjoying doing the Rise series and getting on my mat each day in the AM in my PJs! It's a wonderful way to start the day. Now that I'm reading this, I might even recite or play the song version of this while on my mat.

  2. How do you read my mind Adriene?! I have been in an end-of-winter depression funk for two months and I'm so done with that energy. I am saging out the house, banging pots, and now I'm the neighbor playing loud opera. Yes to good juju and renewal and morning yoga!

    1. That's amazing, Nikole! Thank you for sharing this with us! Everyone on the YWA team loved reading this story! Your sons' school is doing an amazing thing to share yoga with their students. 🙂

  3. Dear Adrean Namashivayah
    Thank you for being my friend and mentor and helping me experience the healing power of yoga.I have been bearing urticaria for past 2 years could you do a video on calming the immune system as well as a video on eye exercises.
    Sincerely
    Deepa

  4. I love your videos, Adriene, but I have a question - mountain post always makes me super dizzy, so I'm wondering if you have any tips on how to avoid that? I've heard that locking your knees can cut off blood flow and cause dizziness, so I keep them just a little bit bent, but it hasn't really helped. Any ideas?

    1. Sami, you are correct that locking your knees can cause dizziness. Be sure that you are not locking out any of your joints when you stand in mountain pose. Make sure you are breathing normally as well. It could be that if you are taking deeper breaths than you are used to when you stand in mountain pose that this might be contributing to the dizziness as well. Try to bend your knees just a little more too and see if these small changes help.

  5. Very refreshing to read. Doing yoga every morning is great. The good thing about it is you can do it on a small space in your room. I love the art of breathing, you never understand until you try it by your own. The effects to our overall health is incredibly awesome. It can balance your senses emotionally, that's the most important to find the inner peace.

  6. I had bilateral knee replacements two years ago. I still have "trouble" kneeling--not pain or even physical discomfort. I would name the feeling "distressing." I really want to start a yoga practice. Almost every video I have watched, involves kneeling. Do you have any suggestions?
    Thank you,
    Suzanne

  7. I have been doing your yoga daily for a few months now and today I did day 1 of TRUE. When you thanked us and said 'You are my hero' you actually brought me to tears. I felt a huge surge of emotion being released. I just wanted to share and say thank YOU for your videos and your support. It means so much.

  8. Hi Adriene,
    Your yoga is a special gift to me as I had a friend who left this side of the veil to join God due to cancer. Your geltle but extremely high vibration, loving, spitlritual, honoring, inviting all where they are to join you as friends, personality so your own, and even the way you beautifully look, all remind me so much of her. Thank you for giving the gift of yourself and for this healthiest body candy yoga. And for bringing my friend back to me in a sence, to stay close to my heart. (Kathy Taylor.)

  9. Hello!!
    I was looking to see if Adrienne had a direct contact but as I figured, I couldnt find that.
    So, this is to her and anyone who may know♡♡:
    I have a friend who is wheelchair bound due to tethered cord syndrome and a myriad of other medical issues. She is working on strengthening her upper body to counter act the increasing loss of leg movenent. I was hoping that somewhere out there someone created some sort if safe gentle soley upper bodyroutine, or even wheelchair specific yoga exercises....if anyone knows anything please reach out ♡♡♡♡
    Stay well

  10. Hi Adriene and thank you so much for your blog and videos!
    I have a real lack of flexibility (even when I practice almost every day) and I cannot bend and touch the floor at all. My downward dog is also quite bad because it feels so sore just behind my knees. Any idea how I can improve that / adapt the exercises? There is no medical problem, just a lack of flexibility.
    Thank you, Juliette

    1. Hi Lisa, the links in the post above are updated now and will direct you to RISE. Thank you for your question so we could fix these links. 🙂

  11. Thank you Adrien for your wonderful company right through the pandemic. I have been shielding due to medical conditions so your friendly company has lifted my spirits every day. I have worked through all you 30 day sessions and will appreciate any new morning videos of about 30 minutes, as I'm looking to extend my knowledge of yoga and the amazing effects it has had on my life. THank you, thank you

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