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Who is the person behind Yoga with Adriene?

Who is the person behind Yoga with Adriene?

BIO

Name: Adriene Mishler

Residence: Texas– US

Yoga style: Vinyasa

Online: Yoga with Adriene on YouTube, Find what feels good yoga

‘It is my intention that being true to myself on the mat I am encouraging others to do the same’.

Some facts

We know that Adriene is a friendly online yoga teacher with a successful yoga YouTube channel with more than 3.7 million followers and over 60 million views online. She is from Texas. Has a dog named Benji, which also sometimes appears in her videos. She is half Mexican, half American. But she doesn’t speak Spanish (or Mexican). She jokes about knowing more Sanskrit (ancient India language) than Spanish. And she is also an actress. Absolutely one of the reasons why she moves so naturally in front of the camera.

Your personal friend

Adriene is very comfortable and she makes you feel like that as well. And she is very down to earth, personal and relaxed. With every now and then a funny (or goofy’) remark or ‘mistake’ that wasn’t edited. Like that one time she was sitting on the mat and noticed a toothpaste stain on her sleeve. The way she waved it aside in a really funny and nonchalant way. As if she is your personal friend, and the two of you are having a conversation. And that is probably where her strength lies. The accessibility with which she speaks to you into your life/living room/bedroom. And besides that, she is teaching you a yoga class. A friend who experiences the same things as you. Thereby she doesn’t act as if she’s superior to you. Sometimes she even makes a slip of the tongue. And like You, she also has a ‘bad hair day’.

Challenging yoga? No way.

For sure she does not always feel like doing the most challenging yoga postures. Therefore Adrienes yoga classes are accessible for everyone. From ultimate beginner to advanced. For that reason her personal mantra (like the name of the current Adriene Roadshow) is: Find what feels good. And that is exactly what it is. It has a different meaning for everyone. Adriene invites you to look for it. Be present on the mat and see what happens. Yoga is not about complicated postures or flexibility. It is about being aware and the connection and interaction between body and mind. Take some time for yourself in these hectic times. And don’t be so hard on yourself. Sometimes yoga is about being quiet and focussing on your breath. And another time it is about going through flowing and dynamic yoga postures, which require your full attention. The point is that you start feeling what you need at that exact moment. It also means being your authentic self.

Yoga with Adriene on YouTube is certainly worthwhile trying. We love her yoga classes and style! ♥

 

 

 

9 benefits of Yoga at home

9 benefits of Yoga at home

It’s great to go to a yoga class. The energy that comes from it, in a studio with like-minded people. Practicing yoga together is wonderful. And of course, learning from a good, experienced yoga teacher is fantastic and beneficial. To experience the progress that involves regular yoga practice. But also the overwhelming, positive influence yoga practice can have. It can positively change your life. The space in body and mind that is created by regular yoga practice is so powerful. But for most people joining a yoga class daily at a studio is an impossible task. Even getting to a yoga class in time can already bring a lot of stress. All sweaty and in a rush entering the studio to roll out your mat at the last available tiny spot –rush hour after work-. Unintentionally this can already take away the joy of the yoga class a little bit.

Home practice

A yoga home practice is not so bad after all. What is it that you need for a home practice? First of all: time, a mat, a room that is relatively quiet and preferably an online yoga class or program. There are a lot of high quality yoga classes and teachers on internet. The offer is broad! The beauty of a home yoga practice is that you can actually feel much better what yoga style fits best that day. And that you can wear those worn out jogging pants with the big tear in the middle. And it’s okay that you haven’t brushed your teeth yet. I also discovered some other benefits of a home practice:

  1. You do not have to be perfect. In a studio yoga class, you try to do your uttermost best – despite the yoga philosophy – ‘ trying to do it perfectly’. But there is so much we need to be “perfect in”. Our relationships, work, family, life – it can be exhausting!
  2. The practice of yoga at home gives a short break and takes a bit of the pressure away from our expectations.
  3. At home there is no teacher to please and no special clothing needs to be worn, you can just be yourself.
  4. You build up discipline. Try to find a moment in the day when it is natural to practice yoga. No laundry, dishes, dishwasher, no cleaning, vacuum cleaner. Just a laptop or Ipad to match an online yoga class of a teacher you love. A lot of high quality yoga classes on the internet. You will be amazed. Focus at home. The “yoga distraction” provides new opportunities for non-reaction.
  5. The daily temptations and distractions are big. You can try to find a way by maintaining a yoga home practice.
  6. It also offers the freedom to choose. I often found myself in a strong Vinyasa lesson. While my whole body was screaming for a soft Yin class. Or exactly the other way around. With a home practice you have the freedom to choose a yoga class that is based on what you need that day. We see and feel a lot more than we think we do. When you close your eyes and listen to your body, the movement you really need may arise. Home practice offers the opportunity to make a self-practice more instinctive, without the limitations of a particular agenda.
  7. From my own experience I can say that I have never managed challenging asanas in the studio. New advanced asanas I always performed for the first time at home.
  8. While practicing yoga at home (especially in the morning) there is no rush to be somewhere on time. You can step out of bed and exhale yourself in a foreward fold.
  9. It costs less. Self-practice with or without online yoga is cheaper. And yes, yoga studios make the difference in the experience of the yoga classes. Without a doubt: We need yoga studios. But if you want to do yoga daily, and –for what reason- you are not able to join a yoga class at a studio, home practice can certainly be a fantastic addition. And apart from that is effective with good online guidance. So why not a few lessons a week at home? Building a home self-practice.

Take the time! Be consistent and see what happens.