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Gentle Yoga Practice

Mindful yoga. Energetic hygiene! Practice self care, self love and take some time for you. Connect to your breath and body and let go of your stress energy, worries and burdens. With a focus on action, alignment and breath, this practice features a nice tempo to find what feels good and listen to the body. This sequence is easy on the wrists and great for the spine. A good practice for those new to yoga - also great for fast paced yogis who want to keep a healthy and well balanced yoga practice. Enjoy!

21 comments on “Gentle Yoga Practice”

  1. Adriene I can't thank you enough for what you do! I stumbled onto your youtube video as I was getting started with Yoga and I can't stop sharing and talking about your channel & your website! I am asking for the Rise subscription for Christmas 🙂 Your knowledge and fun loving attitude has inspired me to want to LIVE my yoga lifestyle. I LOVE in one of your videos where you talk about breathing and moving and living with intention. That was such a powerful moment for me and I just had to thank you. My heart is full and I find myself doing Street yoga everywhere I go (sorry person standing behind me in the line at the grocery store....OR your welcome!) i'm always moving now and smiling and it feels GREAT! I was wondering if you would mind posting a vlog about how you live your practice on and off the mat. Or maybe you already have, and can direct me to the video.

    Anyway, thank you just doesn't seem like enough to show how grateful I am to have found your channel. Please keep up the amazing work! I hope you have a fantastic day!

    Namaste - Cole

  2. Dear Adriene,

    I cannot overstate how much you have changed my life. I'm 22 years old, just graduated college (with a degree in film production), and have lived an extremely high paced life. I also have fairly severe scoliosis- an S curve where my spine travels under my right shoulder blade inhibiting my mobility and twisting my rib cage. I had to wear a back brace in middle school and all that jazz but it doesn't cause me too much pain and I always thought if that's my one burden to bear I'll take it! Though it was a frustrating annoyance when I was walking down the street and became away that my left arm swayed normally while my right arm awkwardly stops when it hits my protruding shoulder blade/ribs. Or when I tried to do a push up with my wrists beneath my shoulders and simply couldn't put my right arm that close to my body. Anyways, it really wasn't a big deal, just one of those things that I wish you could just violently whack back into place and be done with it. I never thought it could change, but then I found you. *cue love at first sight slow-motion montage*

    Really though, I came across one of your videos this summer and was immediately hooked. The very next day I signed up for the 30 day challenge.
    Two significant things happened to me during the challenge that I wanted to share at the time but never did. On day 20 I was practicing at night, I remember that I almost skipped that day but the gentle encouragement you'd instilled in me to practice led me to my mat, and right there in a moan inducing forward fold I touched my toes for the first time in 10 years. It brought tears to my eyes (and not painful tears because I was pushing it and hurting my body), but the kind of tears that make you realize that maybe you were suppressing a lot of negative and discouraging feelings and you'd just broken free.

    The second thing happened just two days later when I found myself in a situation with no wifi, no more data on my phone plan, and no foresight to have previously downloaded a video of yoga. It sounds like the makings of a good horror film! Ahhhh! I was yogaless and alone in this dark and scary world. And then I realized something- I'd been doing yoga for 22 days straight and though I'd never consciously tried to memorize any sequences or poses perhaps I could just go with the flow and see what happens. And flow I did! For 30 beautiful minutes with only the desire to find what feels good consciously driving me.

    Adriene, you have empowered me.
    I am grateful to you from the core of my whole being. In life I tend to be the know it all leader, not a follower, but choosing to surrender and follow you while actively listening to my body has been one of the most nourishing things that I have ever done for myself. I can not overstate how much it has affected and taught me. I've learned to just let it all go.

    And the strength and mobility I have gained is amazing!! I rotate my right shoulder and feel a space and movement that I've never felt before! I have strength in my arms! I can do push-ups! (My 7 year old cousin legitimately beat me at arm wrestling earlier this year, wait until I get a hold of him next summer!) I stand up straight! These land marks I have hit are what continue to inspire me on what I still need to grow into- i.e. keeping my head an extension of my spine. I have no spinal curve in my neck, another side effect of my scoliosis. Before that was something I would just accept but now is something that I know I can and will change, with practice and love.
    That's another thing- I actually know my body now. I have become to understand my "mutation" (ew, what a stigmatized word!) of my back, and I don't secretly suppress any loathing anymore! (At least not that I know of, who knows, I may let something go one day in my practice that will release all kind of hidden emotions again).

    Okay I'm sorry, I am talking your ear off (or is it writing your eyes off?).

    Let me close by saying one more huge THANK YOU. And one more actually- a "thank you" not from me but from every other person who is secretly being positively changed and empowered by you and hasn't let you know yet. You need to hear this Adriene because you are making an incredible difference and leading a life that I along with millions of others admire, respect, and whole-heartedly APPRECIATE.

    Ah! And let us not forget those who are working behind the scenes! As a Director I know all too well the imbalance of credit often given to the members of a crew. So thank you team!! (Feel free to read this entire letter putting your name where Adriene's is. I am talking to you too).

    You have become bigger than yourself Adriene, and isn't that what all of us who have chosen this crazy entertainment industry want to achieve? Not for our own self gain but because we feel that we have something positive and important to share.

    So keep sharing (or don't. I mean you do you girl, no pressure) but please know that my life has been forever changed by your generosity.

    From my heart to yours, namaste.
    -Hannah

    P.S. I almost forgot! The one tiny thing that tipped me over into actually writing this message today is that the way this video is embedded in your website doesn't allow for me to make it full screen, unless I watch it on youtube which I try not to do because I want to avoid another video playing immediately afterwards while I'm in savasana (thank you website people who make it so just one video plays!)
    So I just wanted you to be aware of that if you weren't!

    P.P.S. I'm going to stop talking now, I promise.

    1. Same here: LOVE this response! Thank you for putting your (and mine, in many ways) experience into these beautiful words, Hannah, they are so true. Hope you are a writer?! 🙂
      And of course: thank you Adriene, for another great video. Brilliant timing, so loving and pure.

      Namaste.

    2. Hannah,

      On your PS: when I open Youtube, there is a little capsule-shaped box on the right upper side of the screen. It is labeled 'autoplay' and engaged every time I open Youtube. However, I can move the dot to the left, and then no other video will start playing once the one I selected is finished.

      I have no idea whether there is a way to keep it on 'no' permanently, but the little switch is worth it.

  3. You are amazing! Thanks for your yoga.

    I would love to know about the music that plays at the end.

    Thanks.

    Annette x

  4. Dearest Hannah ,
    Your letter brought tears to my eyes ! Why because I work with patients with spinal injuries and have had scoliosis patients. I too came upon Adrienne on you tube and was hooked. I now teach and direct all my patients to yoga with Adrienne . The biggest lesson I've learned is to be gentle with your body, listen, feel, and grow! Your story compels me to do more ! Thank you for sharing.
    Abundant Blessings, Shirleyann

  5. Thank you Adriene for such wonderful video. I love it, specially now that I am having a little pain on my left knee. Aim 76 years old an it is the first time it bother me, so I have to keep practicing safely. Thanks again.
    Namaste

  6. Beautifully written, Hannah. And you are totally right, there are a lot of people, who love the videos and get such a wonderful impact on there lives and somehow don't manage to say thank you, like me...up till now: Thank you so much, Adriene. You are doing a really great job at making the world a better place.

    Also, to you Hannah, just in case you want to get rid of the autoplay so you can relax in Savasana although being on youtube...here you go: http://www.cnet.com/how-to/how-to-turn-off-youtubes-new-autoplay-feature/

    Hugs n Love from Germany,
    L

  7. Merci beaucoup pour ce moment de paix, de beauté et d'amour! From a french Québéçoise gril up north in Canada 😛 2 years from now i discover your web site and since then i cant not pass a week without practicing yoga with you. You have been a inspiration for me and a guide for my mind and my body to my self awareness. Tank you! Sorry for my bad writing in English! Merci

  8. Thank you so much for providing free yoga online. I am currently a stay at home mum with a baby and a toddler and really appreciate a little relaxation yoga. It really keeps my anxiety and stress levels in check. your videos are great for so many reasons. I love the fact that I can access them at any time, pause them, there guided, you seem genuine and they are free so anyone with internet can access them. Once again Thank you, thank you thank you 🙂

  9. Adriene - I needed this video SO MUCH today. It's been a frustrating and difficult day, in a time where I'm already pretty tapped out for energy, and after having a few of those final straw moments tonight I was feeling annoyed and disheartened and just really full of bad energy that I didn't want to take into the rest of my evening. I thought, you know, a little yoga - which I haven't made time for in months and am still a beginner at - would probably help my wound up mind AND the aches and pains of the first snow shoveling of the year the other day, let's hop on Yoga With Adriene, maybe do the freedom flow or a few sun salutations, and here is this, not even a month old. I needed a gentle voice today particularly, and a foundations-focused, slow-paced routine is just the thing to help me get more comfortable with the practice on days when I'm feeling not so adventurous on the mat. Thank you so so much. You've really made a difference to me today!

  10. Starting back with the practice after a double hernia. This was great video to start back with,

  11. Heh Adriene, love your style. Just right for beginners like me, although I know you also do the tuff stuff. You are very funny too, which makes it all the more effective. 'My dogs are barking' most of the time, so I wish you could time travel back to 1985 and start on me then, somehow. All the best for you from Oz.

  12. Adriene...For all the Grandmas out there who, like me, thought they were not capable of finding renewed mobility, strength, and lifted spirit, I send gratitude and deep appreciation to you. What a gift you have shared.

  13. As I was enjoying how good this video made my body feel a few minutes ago, I thought I must write this woman Adriene. She must be helping so many people in the world, and I want her to know! And now I read all these comments and yes, indeed, you are. You are a bright light in the lives of so many of us who are, for one reason or another, unable to make it to a yoga studio/class (well, surely some can, but they want a yoga supplement at home, as well). You are so knowledgable, personable, kind-hearted, funny and generous, and you explain things so clearly (!), even if I do recover from my illness, I'm not sure I'll feel the need to go back to a yoga class. From the bottom of my heart, thank you!

  14. Thank you for this video. Today I was feeling sore and low in energy (thanks hormones) but knew I needed to move. I feel so much better now.

    I am another one who rediscovered yoga through you. Your 30 days of yoga was recommended online and I started a year ago with a maybe I'll do this a few times a week. Now I do some yoga every morning. Thank you so much. Reading the other comments, I can see I am not alone!

  15. Great video. I have been working with you for a while. 6 weeks ago I had my right knee replaced. 5 years ago my left. I am a tap dance instructor and teach and run 2 companies.
    Can you do a class for knee replacement? You can knee on them if you have a triathlon knee, which I do!
    Thank you
    Pam

  16. Pandemic gratitude. Finally getting a practice started with you again, as my gym yoga doesn’t feel safe. You are the BEST RESOURCE, and I am so very grateful. I google your name with whatever ‘issue of the day’ is, and oilla! There is not one, but several to choose from. Love your time options too.
    Stay safe in Austin, Namasté.

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