Heart Chakra Yoga For Beginners | Yoga With Adriene


– Hey, everyone, and
welcome to Yoga With Adriene. I’m Adriene, and today, we
have an awesome heart chakra for beginners practice. This is an amazing little
diddy for anyone who’s wanting to open up not so much
here or here, but right here. Hop into something
comfy, and let’s get started. (upbeat music) Alright, party people, let’s begin in a
nice comfortable seat. Sit up nice and tall, Sukhasana. So this practice is
gonna move a little swift, but that’s all the more
reason for you to really just drop the baggage, drop
whatever you’re arriving with, and let’s see if we
can kinda empty our cup so we could fill it up
with a little conscious love. Close your eyes, and
just use the sound of my voice to guide you here as
you sit up nice and tall. Trust me, trust yourself,
trust the video. And begin to lift your
heart space or your sternum, just to lift the
chest a little bit higher. And then notice
how the body reacts to that lift in the heart. Maybe you changed the
positioning of your arms. Maybe you deepened your breath. Maybe you notice you’re clenching your jaw
or your glutes. And then come to stillness here and take a deep breath in, head over heart,
heart over pelvis, spine nice and long. And then exhale out. And then inhale,
big sip of breath. And exhale to
relax the shoulders and arrive here in this moment. And your next inhale, slowly
draw the hands to the heart, Anjali Mudra, and then you
decide what feels more awesome, activated elbows
pressing left to right or just a soft prayer position. So you get to decide
based on how you feel today, so really present with
your current narrative, current sensation. Keep breathing and just keep
noticing where you’re at today. And then inhale lift
the heart a little higher and then keep it lifted. As you exhale, bow
the head toward the heart. So you start to get a nice
stretch in the back of the neck. See if you can activate
your shoulder blades, bring them together,
keep the, excuse me, I really zenned
out there, sorry, the upper body kind of
activated and the chest lifted. And again, getting
that nice big stretch through the back of the head,
the neck, the shoulders. And then just breathe here,
enjoying the stretch. Or if you’d like to
add a little extra love, set a little intention
here for yourself. What do you wanna
get out of this practice? Why are you here? What’s going on? ♪ What’s going on ♪ And then a lot of you
have heard me say this before, but what if your
breath were your spirit. So when we think of
the breath as spirit, Benji knows what’s up, it
kind of takes the hard task of breathing deep in
yoga out, and it just makes it a little nicer, I think,
a nicer way to think about moving with your breath,
tapping into your breath, move with your spirit,
tap into your spirit. This is your me time, right? Awesome. Then slowly lift the head,
head over heart, heart over pelvis. Open the eyes if
they are not open already, bat the eyelashes. And then we’re
gonna slowly come forward. Lead with your heart.
So send your fingertips forward, but let your heart lead the way. So heart’s gonna go forward. We’re gonna keep the heart open, chest open as we
come to all fours. You’re gonna back the truck
up a little, walk the wrists underneath the shoulders,
knees underneath the hip points, and then the whole while long. So big heart openers are great, but you can keep this
awareness of heart to space, heart chakra without
the big, big gestures and with these subtle
body gestures as well. So we’re gonna
start here on all fours. Draw the navel up to
lengthen through the lower back. And then if the upper
back body is collapsing, see if you can send the
shoulder blades left to right, press out of your yoga mat. And again, we open up
through the chest the heart. Send your gaze slightly forward. We’re gonna curl the toes under. Inhale, lift the knees,
exhale, lower the knees. See if you can keep the
heart lifted the whole time, chest open and wide. Inhale, lift the knees,
claw through the fingertips, exhale, lower. One more time. Inhale, lift, sliding a little
fire, and exhale, lower. Awesome. Pressing into the tops
of the feet, and here we go. Drop the belly down low,
open the chest, exhale round through,
navel draws up, big rainbow in the spine,
claw through the fingertips. And then heart chakra today,
so how you move is everything. It totally affects how you feel, the sensation,
the feedback you receive. So Cat-Cow is
what we’ve established. But see if you can do it from
your heart with your spirit. Move with your breath. And if you’re like, “I have
no idea what the hell “that means, Adriene,”
then think about what kind of
flavor feels good today. Oh, my God. Think about
what rasa feels good, hard edges, really structured movement. Or maybe for you today, it’d
be nice to break free of that a little bit and find soft
more sensual even movement. I’m going there. Or just, you know,
come of the railroad tracks, stretch muscles that are tight. So everyone speaks a
different language, right? And I’m obviously
not gonna speak everyone’s language
on the money every time. So I’m speaking to a
lot of different people, a wide audience. So I think it’s really important and a really good
opportunity for you to find the vocabulary
that works for you. So you have the
structure of cat-cow. See if you can make it your own. And really, this is what
heart chakra is all about too, creating an intimate experience. And that intimate
experience starts with the self. So a lot of
times, we look to others to have an intimate
experience, but really, the ultimate intimacy is the
one that you create right here. Alright, send it back now. We’re gonna curl the toes under, send the hips back, and
walk the fingertips forward. Then drop the elbows
first and then the chest. Feel this nice lengthening
through the side body. We start to open up
to the chest, the heart, just a little
Anahatasana variation here, heart to earth pose, but
we’re keeping the bone down, just getting a nice stretch
to the soles of the feet. Awesome. Take one more breath here. If you want, you
can lift the wrist, get a little deeper stretch
in the shoulders, the chest. And then here we go. Again, lead with your heart. So you’re gonna tug
the hands back slowly, press in to the elbows. You’re gonna lead with the
heart, lead with the heart, come all the way
forward onto your belly. So hips drop, we press in
to the tops of the feet. Then walk your elbows right
underneath your shoulders. Keep tugging a little
energy back with the hands. And then we start to open
up through the chest here, long puppy belly, long torso, mindfulness through
the toes, through the feet. Sphinx pose, inhale,
lift your heart, exhale, just hug the lower
ribs just a hair here. Let’s try that again. Inhale, open the chest, and exhale, hug the lower ribs. So the thing is when
we’re working with chakras or if you’re not
really into chakras and you’re just
thinking about energy, a healthy flow of energy,
you wanna think of the spine as this nice, clear pathway
for the energy to flow. So if you’re
clenching in the neck here, can that energy
flow to your crown. So tuck the chin
slightly and breathing deep, also getting a nice
little wake-up call, toning the biceps,
the shoulders, the upper back body. Beautiful. Then keep the hands where they
are, elbows where they are. Forms are parallel, okay, so
they’re not coming in or out. So check your hands first. Check your foundation,
then curl the toes under. Try to keep your heart and
chest open for all of this. Inhale, smile, and then exhale. Press into your,
claw through the fingertips, press with your hands,
press in your elbows, and lift the hips up high so you’re not really
digging in your knees. You’re moving from your center
of gravity, from your core. Then this time, we’re
gonna come to Anahatasana with the bum up, and
we’re gonna lift the hip creases and get a deeper
stretch as you lean back. So we also call
this Puppy posture. If the forehead can come to the
ground, go ahead and let it. Breathe deep,
big, heart opener here. So again, it doesn’t always
have to be Wheel Pose or Camel. And if you are
interested in Wheel or Camel, those poses you can find, a little deeper heart openers, in the seven-day chakra series. I think this is
important too, find it in the subtle
body movement as well. Breathe here, one more,
inhale and exhale, one more cycle of breath. Great. Then hug
the lower ribs in. From your center, from
your core, start to lift up, walk the hands
underneath the shoulders, and knees
underneath the hip points. Great. Now we’re gonna
bring the big toes together. We’re gonna take the right hand, actually, let’s bring
the knees as wide as the mat. We’re gonna take the right
hand and we’re gonna reach it all the way towards
the sky and then exhale. Find a little
vinyasa, a little flow as you send it under
the bridge of the left arm. Breathe out here, and
then inhale, reach for the sky, exhale, thread the needle. And then once you get
an idea of the structure, you can really make it your own. You can curl the toes under, maybe bring the knees back
underneath your hip points. Maybe you keep
them nice and wide, moving in a nice
slow and steady pace. And again, see
what flavor feels best, if we’re focusing on the
heart space today, a rigid, kinda structured, get ‘er
done movement, or can we find a little softness, dare I say a little femininity. And then we’ll
bring it back to center, and we’ll take it to the
other side and same thing, opening up through
the chest as you inhale, and then finding an
exhale as you thread the needle. Moving, letting your
heart lead the way, moving from a place of connect, so whatever that means to you. Yeah, noticing how
this side is different, whoo, right side, left side. And then just a
reminder that we all have masculine and
feminine in us, this movement. So in case anyone was like,
“Oh, I don’t know how to do “that type of movement,”
we all have that type of energy. And really, chakra work,
even if you don’t believe in chakras, any energy
work is about balancing those two energetic qualities,
masculine and feminine, the sun and the moon,
the light, the dark. Come back to center. Let’s bring the
knees underneath us. And we’re gonna
curl the toes under and just send it
up to a nice Down Dog. You’re doing great. Take a deep breath in here. And as you exhale,
bend your knees, bring your belly to
the top of your thighs, melt your heart back. Oh, yeah. And then let any sounds
that wanna come out here, if any, just in case,
let them come out. Maybe it’s a sigh. Maybe it’s a mmm. Maybe it’s a,
“Curse you, Adriene.” Just whatever comes out here, I want you to see
if you can let it. And if it is a little emotional,
I got your back. Breathe deep. You’ll be surprised. When we really move in
a way that is connected to the energetic body,
to the feelings we carry in our emotional body as well, you’d be surprised
what comes out. Alright, take one
more breath in here. You’re doing awesome. And then exhale, slowly
bring the knees together, and then send the
hips back, fingertips reach toward the toes for a
traditional Child’s Pose. Now if traditional Child’s Pose
is just not your jam, you can maybe do a meditation
sit or any other situation where you can
just rest your heart and your soul for a second. And then take a second to listen
to the sound of your breath and to really soften
the upper back body. So your heart space isn’t just
in the center of your chest but also, consider it in the
center of the back body, right behind, the figurative
heart space, I should say. Close your eyes, notice where you’re
gripping and you’re holding. Inhale lots of love in, and exhale lots of love out. Maybe you’re just now finally
dropping into the practice. That’s awesome.
Welcome to the club. It takes forever sometimes. Sometimes it takes years,
seven years, 10 years. You’re doing great. Inhale lots of love in,
close your eyes. Exhale, let everything go. Lovely, and reach
the fingertips forward, come back to all fours. You’re gonna bring the hips up
high to Downward Facing Dog. Take your time. Hips up high, heart melts back. Again, keep clawing
through the fingertips. And then when you’re
ready, you’re gonna inhale and lift the right leg up
high nice and slow. Exhale, squeeze, everything
in towards the center. So you’re gonna shift forward,
upper body’s in plank, knee towards the nose, rounding through figurative
heart space lifts up here. Breathe deep. Sweet, and then
step the right foot up and lower the left knee down,
front knee over front ankle. Take your time,
gather your bearings, squeeze inner
thighs to the midline. And then when you’re ready, reach the fingertips
forward, up, and back. So go ahead and really
press into that front foot. Come up out of the pose, and then you can sink
back in, find your Crescent. Yogi’s choice, back toes
can stay curled under, or I like to press
on the top of the foot. It really gives me a little
root foundation to lift up from. And then we’re here. Lift your heart,
lengthen tailbone down. And then take responsibility
for your vibe here. The pose is one thing, but how you exist in
the pose is everything. And so many of us have
come to this shape before, but see how can you support
your heart space, your spirit. Breathe deep, maybe wrap
the shoulder blades around. Lift up through the sternum,
core strengthening. So navel draws in and up. That’s that third chakra
supporting your heart space. And then maybe if
you’re feeling brave, you carve a line
with the nose and look up, sink a little deeper
into the hips, breathe in. Great, then exhale. Rain the fingertips
down nice and easy. Left hand comes to the earth,
and back knee can stay down or you can curl the
toes under and lift. We’re just gonna take a
nice easy twist to the right. Reach the right
fingertips up, one breath here. Inhale, lift the hips up high, and then exhale,
soften, release everything down. Beautiful. Check it out. Press into the palms. We’re gonna slowly go
back to that Three-Legged Dog. So lift the back knee, inhale. Right leg goes all the
way up, Three-Legged Dog, exhale and lower
it down, second side. Anchor the right heel, inhale, lift the left leg up high,
breathe deep. Here we go,
exhale, knee to nose. Carve a line with the left knee. Look forward, got into it.
Knee to nose. Lift your heart
space up, up, up, up. Claw through the fingertips. Great, then step
it all the way up. Gently lower
the right knee down. You’re doing awesome.
Stick with me. Breathe deep,
front knee over front ankle. Then squeeze
everything to the midline, and when you’re
ready, here we go. Reaching fingertips
forward, up, and back. So again, a lot of times, we just kind of
come into the pose. We wanna nail the pose,
and I still do that sometimes. I still catch myself so, not trying to
call anyone out here, just like we have to
kind of ask ourselves, “Why am I doing this movement? “What am I figuring out? “What am I learning
in this shape?” So you don’t
have to hold the pose. Take your time getting there. And then within it, how can I support my
heart space even more here? And then you know
what the funny thing is when you start working that way, that’s when the pose
starts to really blossom. When you start to feel like,
“Oh, I’m not fitting myself “into this shape but rather, “letting it unfold and
really come out of me.” Breathe deep, lift the chest. Maybe you look up. Maybe you
discover something new. Maybe take WuTang, and
then release everything down. Back knee stays lowered
or lift it, yogi’s choice. Big twist to the left,
inhale, reach of the sky, open your chest, lift your hips, and then exhale,
bring it down. Awesome. Claw
through the fingertips. Here we go. Left leg up high,
Three-Legged Dog. Breathe in, take
pressure out of the wrists, and then exhale,
left foot to the ground. Awesome. Inhale, lift the hips up high.
Exhale, bend the knees, belly towards the
thighs, breathe out, maybe a
lion’s breath, tongue out. One more time,
big inhale, drop the heels, and then exhale,
belly toward the thighs, bend the knees,
let something go. Fabulous. Slowly lower to the knees. We’re gonna swing
the legs to one side. We’re gonna come all
the way on to our backs. Nice and slow, breathe
deep, in your transition. Walk the heels
up towards your bum. So feet flat on the ground, knees are in line
with the hip points. You’re gonna use the earth here. So press the palms into
the ground, and here we go. Big inhale to lift the
hips up high, nice and slow. Send your shins forward. You can walk the shoulder blades underneath your heart
space here, breathing deep. Again, shins forward. And then notice if you
kinda stop at where you think I’ve hit my
appropriate edge in the pose, and then that’s when
the pose really begins. So maybe you
interlace the fingertips. See if you can
find that support. So stay really active and
gracious within this shape. Engage the inner thighs, and
gracious for the experience as you lift the chest
or the heart to the chin, and then the chin to the sky. One more time with that action, chest to the chin,
and chin to the sky. It should feel awesome. Big breath. And on an exhale,
slowly release the hands, and then slowly, ooh, just saw a big
hawk fly, release the back. And then you’re gonna
take your feet together, soles of the feet
together and knees wide. Bring your left hand
to your heart and your right
hand to your belly. Close your eyes and listen
to the sound of your breath. Notice where your
thoughts have gone and return to the
sound of your breath. And then press into the feet. Bring your knees all the way up. Hug the knees into the chest. Inhale in, and exhale. Lift the nose up. Bring it toward the knees. It doesn’t have to come close,
just the intention of toward. You might grab the feet, you
might hold on to the knees, anything in between. And then when you’re
ready, slowly release. Extend one leg
out then the other and allow your arms to come
gently down at your sides. So in the new chakra
series on the membership, we end every practice
in the meditation pose so that you can
sit and meditate. So if that’s
something that interests you, you might check that out. Snuggle the shoulder blades
underneath your heart space. And we’re gonna bring the index
finger to the thumb today, a soft little connection
of index finger and thumb. Snuggle your shoulder blades
underneath your heart space one last time, and then
this is a heart opener here. Deep breath in, exhale to relax everything. Stay here for as
long as time allows. Slowly, you’ll
come to a fetal position and press your way up
to a nice meditation seat. Or if you have to boogie,
have an amazing day, see if you can keep your
heart lifted and supported with grace and ease
for the rest of your day. Thanks for sharing your
time and your energy with me and all the other people
practicing around the world. You guys are my heroes. Namaste. (upbeat music)

100 Comments

  1. Adriene, I did this practice with my family and I tried to instruct them the feeling and the movements of this practice as I learned from you. In that moment I just loved yoga again and again because I was trying to know my soul, love and help myself, now I am sharing it with my family and helping them. THIS IS SOMETHING INCREDIBLE.

  2. All I have to say is oh wow and amazing. I’m recently came into the journey of being more spiritual and I’ve been reading and researching on the different chakra energy’s. In this I found my heart chakra is lacking energy. Per some of the healing techniques I tried your yoga heart chakra today. I can not put into words the wave of emotion that came over me and tears that fell. After the video I feel more lifted and light. Thank you so much for helping me on my journey!!

  3. Adriene 🗻 you are absolute
    Be your best benevolent being
    Cause you’re completely calm

  4. #will and grace <3

  5. I don't know if yoga entails this like regular exercise is meant to (I'm new to this, hi.) but, I'm really self-conscious about my body weight. (I'm very thin, so I have a small "chest" so I'm wondering if you have any yoga catered towards that sort of growth, if it's applicable to yoga? Or, is it possible through other types of yoga? I've seen a few of your videos and I like your content! I also much prefer yoga over general exercise.

  6. This is by far my favorite yoga video on youtube. Thank you for sharing it with us!

  7. Hi Adriene, Thanks for sharing! I needed inspiration for my Valentine's day yoga class. I appreciate you sharing this heart-felt practice!

  8. When you said to let go of any sounds, I actually farted and it felt amazing.

  9. I love the heart opening chakra because I have anxiety. Thank you Adriene I really enjoyed this❤❤❤

  10. I started practicing Yoga 20 years ago. I soon learned how to tune in with my heart, and it changed my life so beautifully.

    I began with videos, and I love seeing Yoga so popular on Youtube. I have to say, I tuned out of the mainstream pretty deeply, and have been skeptical of pretty much everything that gets a lot of attention. But the more I watch some of Adriene's videos the better I like them. She is a good teacher. Simple clear, funny, and easy to appreciate.

    I'd love to share this meditation for your Heart! It is three minutes and helps you re-tune your Brain with your Heart.

    Good to memorize and use when your thoughts race

    Love be with you and your family!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MtcS4UWAsUg

  11. Many thanks! Very understandable instructios and a lot of love from the trainer and from inside while going through the set!
    All the best to everyone in a group and out perfect trainer! Tatiana, Russia

  12. Loved this beautiful heart-warming flow. It really helped me connect o my spirit and was a lovely stretch at the same time. I did this with my friend skyping her in Australia! We often do this – catch up by doing one of your lovely yoga practices and then having a chat 🙂 Namaste xo

  13. I've suffered from a Thyroid Storm and my overactive gland gives me anxiety, depression and irregular heart rate. My endocrinologist suggested that I'll do yoga and this is the first routine I did. The warm flow of energy was very relaxing. I will do this daily on my road to full recovery. Thank you for sharing your knowledge. Namaste.

  14. My heart ❤ chakra loved this practice!

  15. 1st of May 2019 <3

  16. Happy May 1, 2019. Thank you Adriene for being with me every morning. Guiding me to a happy life. Namaste.

  17. Yay for may! This months calendar is totally what I need, thank you adriene 😘

  18. Starting the May 1 Practice Open #ywaOpen 2019! Thanks!

  19. Happy first day of May everyone! 🙂 What a great beginning of OPEN calendar, I loved this practice so, so much! I felt absolutely amazing and with the sunny weather outside – perfect! NAMASTE <3

  20. May first.. What an amazing practice.. Love you Adriene and my mood now ❤️

  21. First day of OPEN ! Yey ! When you say ‘swift’ Adriene I always prepare myself for some vinyasa or flow, but I was surprised how slow and kind and purposeful this practice is. And slow can be even more challenging and I enjoyed refining each move with you to get full benefit … awesome 🧘🏼‍♀️🧘🏻‍♀️🙏💞

  22. Day 1 of May 2019 <3

  23. yaaaaaaaaaaay:)

  24. day 1 of may 2019! ❤️

  25. May OPEN day 1 – I had never focused on my heart chakra that much and I have to say it feels good ! thanks Adriene.

  26. Happy May 1 to all of you! Beautiful practice!

  27. I am here and so ready for may! Lets do this 🙂

  28. Happy May 2019 x

  29. Oh what a juicy practice! That twist-to-thread-the-needle repetition was just the ticket….SOOO NICE!

  30. OPEN Day 1 in the books! 🙂 Happy Love Day everyone 🙂 <3

  31. "A little diddy"!

  32. “Take a sip of breath” love it! Thanks Adriene 💙

  33. Feeling very happy after finished this video! Thank you! You are the best! 🙂

  34. This video gave me such a feeling a relief. I felt like I could breathe easily for the first time today and put aside my worries. Thankyou Adriene 💕

  35. May, day 1. Here.

  36. Thanks Adriene! Happy May Day 2019!

  37. My apartment is my YOGA. CAMP
    having started with yoga is my REVOLUTION
    I DEDICATE to my daily practice
    it changed my life and that is TRUE
    and from today on I will be even more OPEN

  38. Haven't practice in april because I was traveling, it was a bit difficult to come back to yoga but today felt so goooood !!!! Thank you for this practice, I'm ready for this month of opening ❤️

  39. Wonderful!

  40. Starting today. Adriene, thank you for your company 😊

  41. YOU are my hero.
    Thank you for everything.

  42. I’m happy to be starting May 2019’s Open with all of you! I have practiced yoga with Adriene every day this year since January 2. What a difference it makes to get on my mat every day! Thank you for sharing your heart and gift of teaching with us, Adriene! ❤️

  43. Starting May with an open and grateful heart,
    I'm so thankful to experience this beautiful journey with you all!
    Thank you, Adriene for being you and lighting the way for us all!
    Much Love, namaste!
    #ywaOPEN

  44. Beginning the may 2019 session. Thanks for all Adriene <3

  45. May 2019.. The year of inner peace for me.. I started regular yoga this year. Thank you so much adriene ❤️. #ywaOPEN

  46. Thank you as always.

  47. Came here for day 1 of May 2019 Open and realized I'm actually doing the day 1 practice on day 1!!!! I'm not doing this months later like usual!

  48. Started out the New Year with 30 Days of Yoga and here we are “Day 120” 🧘‍♂️❤️❤️

  49. Its the first of May and i am so here for this after a long day at a desk! I am always present in yoga (and attempt to the rest of the time) but i was just really into this today. Lion's breath was like a sweet kiss. We're awesome everyone! Namaste 😁❤

  50. Felt an interesting energy coursing through me after this practice that I've never felt before. I think it was my heart chakra waking up for the first time 🙂

  51. Thank You for speaking a language that my soul can reconize and love. That makes all the difference. I'm forever grateful, Love Always ♡ Tauney

  52. Great way to greet the evening too. Namaste <3

  53. OPEN day 1

    New month, new chapter, new beginning.

    I like how it started with a lovely heart chakra opener, for month’s theme OPEN. Looking forward for tomorrow.

    Namaste.

    #ywaOPEN #FWFG

  54. Awwww yoga💓💓💓 I did not even realize I was holding on to tension in my heart! When we transitioned into Down dog I became aware of tears forming in my eyes and that divine tremble all around my chest and heart. Thank you

  55. Happy May Day and happy yoga everyone! Today I leaned into a few niggles and came out stronger, mentally!

  56. Decided to commit to OPEN this month. My postpartum body needs some extra love as I’ve been carrying around my very heavy 11 month old 😊 Adriene, your guidance through these movements is beautiful and relaxing. This homeschooling mama of 3 has discovered some much needed centering peace amidst today. Thank you ❤️

  57. First day of OPEN !!
    thank you so much Adriene ❤️❤️❤️❤️

  58. Going through some huge life changes this week and this was so beneficial. Thanks Adriene!

  59. I feel great today after this wonderful heart chakra practice, thank you for this one Adriene I feel wonderful, hope everyone had a great practice today and love u guys Namaste Everyone 💕💞💗💓❤🙏

  60. I’ve been having some tightness in the middle of my back, for no reason I could figure out. Now I feel it’s my heart chakra speaking to me. I look forward to opening that up this month. Happy May!

  61. Happy May!

  62. 0:10 great reference! 😀 your videos are the thing that got me to make yoga a daily practice. I love your monthly yoga calendars! thank you for everything that you do <3

  63. Beautiful ❤️

  64. Hey guys! Started this challenge yesterday (01MAY19) I will be posting updates here everyday!

    So background: Newish to yoga. I found YWA about 3 months ago – she changed my life. (Thank you Adriene). What I mean is this – she has a way of making me feel like she is talking directly to me – while also appealing to a wide variety of people. Originally, I googled "yoga for back pain", and I just so happened to stumble across Adriene's page. After the first video I was hooked. I went to her page, subscribed and then started watching her videos like crazy. After I had a basic understanding of what she wanted to do with her channel, when she was first starting out, I decided I wanted to start from the very beginning. Journey with the channel if you will. So I started "30 days of Yoga". That 30 day challenge has turned into an 80 day challenge – I kept returning to videos from previous days. I got to day 12, and then I started all over again with a friend. Again – she was hooked from the beginning.

    The last two weeks I have strayed from the videos – my life has had this pattern for the last few years where every few months it gets flipped upside down. So finally I said to myself, okay May 1st – time to start a new challenge, get my mind right so I can climb the mountain standing in front of me. So my friend and I agreed, Wednesday would be the day! Wednesday morning I come across OPEN. Wednesday morning I decided this will be my 30 day challenge.

    I will be posting daily updates, this one is late because I decided to blog about it today. I wish everybody the happiest of days, and good luck on the challenge yourself!

    Day 1: Okay, okay. So this video threw me for a loop y'all! Let me tell you why; it threw me for a loop because I was PUMPED about a new challenge. I was ready to sweat, I was ready to burn, I was ready to down dog for an hour if that was in the cards.. And then I started this video. If you're familiar with YWA though, you know to trust her. Which is what I kept saying over and over in my head. "Okay Keri, she has a way of bringing it full circle, trust the process". After about 15 minutes I zoned in to my body, and zoned out the video. Yes, I followed along sort of, but I also came off the tracks. And by that I mean I hoped in a completely different train. I found what felt good.

    Often when I'm doing these videos I stray, usually not as far, but I always stray. Why? Because she literally tells you to. So how do I keep myself on track with the videos? I always down dog it up. Adriene is busy forward folding, I'm in childs pose half asleep, she says down dog and I comply.

    Last night when I finished the video I felt confused. Remember, I was ready to climb mountains and instead I was supposed to be connecting to my heart. Something I wasn't willing to do last night because of my life circumstances. I didn't have much time to ponder over the confusion because I almost immediately went to sleep. This morning I woke up to a text from my friend saying basically the same thing, she was a bit thrown off. Instead of letting it throw me off anymore, I just decided to start day 2. And without spoiling day 2, I will tell you that it cleared things up for me. No matter what you believe in, you must believe that there is a purpose. And that rarely will you understand that purpose in the moment. But that doesn't mean you shouldn't give 100 percent anyways. Do it for yourself. And if you can't do it for your kids, or spouse, or mom, or dad, or cat or dog, or your turtle. Find the things that push you forward. For me, it's my wife. I made her promise to force me to do the video last night. While I normally rush to yoga the second I have spare time, yesterday I delayed until the last possible moment. But its okay. You know why? Because I completed it in spite of everything telling me to just do it tomorrow. And that matters.

    I'm posting for me. I'm posting for accountability. If you want to read my ramblings about more than just YWA follow me on IG. @rainbow_picket_fence

    Stay positive my dudes! Good luck!

  65. Thank you Adriene💜

  66. Day 120 done!

  67. Thank you so very much😊wow took the funk away again

  68. Just what I needed! <3

  69. A little late but started with the Open May series now. Loved the experience today ❤

  70. Great way to start the day! By the end of my work week, i start to feel a lot of tightness in my chest, so this is q great way to stay more open. Thank you!

  71. Thank you, Adriene <3

  72. I came to this practice today feeling stressed and unconnected to my body. And then when the practice was over I just felt the need to spred love to everyone and I felt so much gratitude over everything, I wondered for like 1 second why I felt that way when I was so stressed before. But of course, It’s my heart and body talking ❤️ thank you for this practice Adriene, I’m so thankful for all of these yoga practices you do, it truly makes a difference for my well being ❤️

  73. i love this practice so much thanks for spreading yoga and love!

  74. at one point, Adriene said “heart chakra” and i thought i heard “hot chocolate”😂

  75. Thank you Adriene for inspiring me one more time 🦋🙏❣

  76. Couldn’t do it all but I felt a magical tingle in my body. Thank you ❤️

  77. What's going on?… is I leave my job today, with an open heart for what comes next x

  78. Wow, a really beautiful practice ♥️

  79. This beautifully compliments the rose yoga practice I did yesterday, loved it, smooth and soft but also strengthening and opening, feels wonderful! Have an awesome day! Thanks. Xx

  80. Hello Adriene! I am new in your channel and I just did this yoga practice for May. I stopped doing yoga for about 6 months. So I would like to know if you have any suggestions for me. Where to start? what play list is good for me? BTW I love this practice about open your heart it is something I am working on. Thank you for sharing! loved it!

  81. “I have no idea what the hell is going on” did you just read my mind?!

  82. I would love more chakra yoga!!

  83. Thank you for this practice💗

  84. شكرا درس رائع
    thanks

  85. Added this one to my "Best Yoga" playlist. Nice. 35 Days straight of yoga for me today!

  86. I love this video.

  87. Nice practice, just a bit too much talking for my taste…thank you!

  88. Day 120🙏🏾✨🙏🏾

  89. 👍

  90. Kindly look for #sadhguru video he the guru for yoga there is something different You could learn.

  91. I've had a heavy heart for the past few days because of my academics and just did this routine 'cause I decided to do something different for today. Good call 'cause I loved this routine (literally typing away while I'm on the mat) and it just felt so timely. Thank you so much! ❤

  92. I'm feeling so good. A wide open my mind and heart right now. I feel like a large wellness space to infinity. It puts mind at rest, clear up the energy. It also helps to create balance. I feel myself floating again. That's magic the way it feels. Thank you Adriene.

  93. Day 4!

  94. Adrine 😊 .. I’m enjy Egyptian yoga instructor .. I really thank you for every single video..for sharing your positive energy..for spreading yoga spirit in your amazing vibes..for sharing your knowledge..I deeply thank you 🙏🏻 💙

  95. This was unreal. it was as if you were really with me speaking directly to my heart. thank you so much. the final poses had me in tears.

  96. Thank you for inhale exhale breath movement AdrieneMy buddy Benji

  97. Thank you so much Adriene. This is helpful as I use today (and the likely coming days) to find my way back to reuniting my mind, body, and soul. 💖

  98. i liked it .. its was easy and felt good

  99. I love this video!!! 💕❤️ thank you

  100. I couldn't get into it Because you talk to much tbh. Let us concentrate. Just name the pose and let us think in peace

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