Reunite With Your Breath | Yoga With Adriene

– What’s up everyone?
Welcome to Yoga With Adriene. I’m Adriene and this is
Benji and today we have a sweet practice that’s gonna help
you reunite with your breath. So hop into something
comfy and let’s get started. (upbeat music) Alrighty my friends,
let’s begin today’s practice lying on our backs. You can lay a blanket
out if you want to today. Get nice and cozy ’cause we’re
gonna stay nice and low to the ground, focusing on
the power of thy breath. Come on down, when you get
there we’re gonna begin in this constructive resting
posture by bringing the feet as wide as your mat.
Nice and wide. And then allowing the knees to
fall in so they rest together. Get nice and comfy here. Snuggle the
shoulder blades together and bring your
hands to your belly. So you want to come into a
position where you can feel comfortable and relaxed. Once you get settled in here
tuck your chin slightly to create slight length
in the back of the neck and then close your eyes, baby. Thank you for selecting this
video and thank you for taking some time out of your day
to reunite with your breath. I believe in the power (laughs) of reuniting with the breath and I hope this little
ditty here today serves you. So with the hands on the belly, the eyelids closed and heavy, start to notice the
parts of your body that are touching the earth. And as you bring your attention
or your awareness to those parts, really
notice the pressure, the connection that
you feel in the feet, the elbows,
the muscles of the back, the skull. Kind of grounding
down in this moment. And then begin
to bring your attention to the rhythm of your breath. And as we secure
the body in stillness, let the gross body,
the big picture body remain heavy and still and see if you can allow
your breath to start to move your subtle body. And if you’re like,
“Cool, got it,” great. And if you’re like,
“What does that mean?” Just explore what
that could mean for you. You don’t always have to
know what exactly you’re doing. There’s a little bit of a
tendency on the mat with asana and with breath to
want to get it right. And so it’s my pleasure to
remind you that it’s not about getting it right,
it’s about exploring. Getting curious. Bringing more
consciousness to your breath. And to your life! Hopefully by now
you’ve started to take a couple deep inhalations. Catching the wave of the
breath even if it’s only once. Big full inhale in. Long exhale out. And then notice how a big full,
conscious breath makes you feel. And then with the eyes closed and
the body nice and heavy here, just start to lift the
corners of the mouth slightly and send some love out into the
world knowing and maybe just understanding, accepting, enjoying, celebrating that there are so many
people practicing this very practice with you right
now and I think that’s cool. So as you are uniting or reuniting with your
breath here today, wherever you are in the world, you’re also uniting or
reuniting with people who are reuniting with
their breath or their spirit. Alright, go ahead and
open the eyes nice and slow. Bat the eyelashes open. We’re gonna walk the feet all
the way together now and just take the knees in the opposite
direction so we’re gonna open the knees out wide. Reclined Cobbler’s Pose
as we start to open the hips. Let gravity do
a bit of the work. We’re changing the shape so
we’re gonna change the breath so interlace the fingertips,
bring them behind the head. You can extend your
thumbs to cradle the neck. You’ll start to feel a stretch
in the groin, the inner thigh. Stretch in the armpit chest,
in the shoulder. And then start to use your
breath to create more space. So breath a nice,
full lateral breath into the side body here, to the ribs. Here we go. Deepening the breath. You can use your
thumbs to gently massage the back of the
head if you like. And we’re just
slowing things down. So it doesn’t always
have to be about harder, faster, stronger. The breath is the base,
the baseline. Take one more
deep inhale in here. Breathe into all
four sides of the torso. Then as you exhale you’re
gonna slowly lift the head, lift the heart,
lift the shoulders, lift the elbows and just connect
to the muscles of the abdominal wall but see if you
can continue with deep conscious breath as you do so. Breathing deep here.
Keeping the gaze up. Lots of space between
the chin and the chest. We’re not doing
a full crunch here but keeping the
neck nice and long. Challenging ourselves
to breathe deep within this contraction of the core. Keeping the skin of the face
soft and easy, jaw relaxed. Good, then take one
more deep breath in here. And exhale to slowly release. You’ll bring the hands to
the outer edges of the legs. Close the knees together. Then scoop the knees
up towards the chest. Get your low back nice
and flush with the mat. Should feel really good. Give yourself a big hug and now breathe deep
into your belly here. Nice, full conscious breaths. So there’s not a lot going on
here on purpose so that you can reunite and focus on
those deep inhalations and those long exhalations. So basically you
have to bring the breath. Take one more cycle
of breath in and out. And I love this idea of
cycle of breath because that’s what’s going on, right? Constant cycle of breath, right? If you catch yourself
holding your breath, eventually you’re gonna breathe
again otherwise what happens? You die so keep your breath, that cycle of
breath or spirit going. And then let’s bring the hands
to the back of the thighs now for a little rock and roll move. You’re gonna rock up and
down the length of your spine. If this is difficult,
no worries. I love the humility that also comes with a yoga practice, especially an at-home practice
where you kind of let your guard down and really allow yourself to be yourself. And eventually we’ll
meet all the way up in a nice cross-legged seat. You can take a second to move the fleshy part of
the buttocks aside. Find length up
through the crown of the head. And then just
allow your hands to rest wherever they comfortably fall. So on the knees or the thighs. Maybe in the lap. Excellent. So we have many
pranayama videos on the channel. You can check them out. We have breath of fire,
skull shining breath. We have Ujjayi breath. We have alternate
nostril breathing. So if you want to go a little
bit deeper learning breath techniques I will
post links to those videos in the description down below. Belly breath, all of these
wonderful pranayama techniques. But today it’s about just
returning to that relationship, that connection with a
big inhale and a long exhale. So nice conscious breath. So just come into
a quiet seat here. As you feel comfortable
close your eyes again, tuck your chin to lengthen
through the back of the neck and try to find this lateral breath. And, in fact,
take your hands really fast to your rib cage here so we can
play with the lateral breath. And what you
want to is to find this expansion of the ribs
out as you breathe in. And then a gentle
softening as you breathe out. So let’s give it a
couple tries here on your own. Feeling the ribs expand and lift as you breathe in and soften and gently retract
as you breathe out. And then you can keep the hands
there if you really like it or allow the hands
to rest gently and just keep this nice full, expansive inhale going and this long, slow exhalation. And then notice where your
thoughts go and remember that’s all part of the game. Mind and body working together. So just acknowledge
the thoughts and remember to reunite with your breath. Return to the breath.
The breath always comes first. And then slowly bat the
eyelashes open once again. So we’re gonna end with a super
duper duper simple vinyasa and if this practice inspires you to
pick up a more physical practice after this, awesome, that’s what
we want but what I really want is to establish or re-establish,
reunite us with the importance of the value of having a strong
relationship with the breath. I mean honestly
it has saved my life. So I think it’s
worthy of our time. It’s not always
about chaturangas, right or… So ending with a
super simple vinyasa. We’re gonna bring the
fingertips to the sides. You’re gonna pull the pinkies
back so you can open up through the chest, the heart space and really un-crumple
through the torso. Right, finding that
length in the spine. On the inhale you’re
gonna dial the thumbs back, pinkies forward, and slowly
bring the palms all the way up. Wrists over the shoulders. On the exhale you’re
gonna take the palms, excuse me, thumbs forward,
pinkies back and press the palms down towards the earth, fingertips kiss the ground. So the thing is you
want your full inhale to fuel this gesture and you want your full
exhale to fuel this gesture. And the kind of
trick or challenge, loving challenge today is I only
want you to reach the fingertips up as high as your breath goes. So you really kind of wire or re-wire the brain to
unite with the breath. So for example just a
little demo in case you’re like, “Yeah, I got this dude.
It’s super easy.” Pay attention. For example the inhale down in
my belly initiates the thumbs going back and I’m
only going to inhale, or reach my fingertips
up as far as my inhale goes. So I inhale to my max
capacity and my hands are here, this is where I’m
stopping baby. ‘Kay? Same thing on the way down. Exhale, I’m gonna try to
use that breath out to empty, empty, empty, empty, empty,
empty all the way down and if this is where
I land and not here, I’m gonna stop here. So I’m going to try to be
really true to the breath. Marry the breath to the movement and marry the
movement to the breath. Virtual high five.
Okay, here we go. Pull the pinkies back.
Lift your heart. Let’s see what happens. Inhale, open the thumbs,
reach it up high. Only go as far as your inhale
and then when that breath stops you’ve hit the max capacity
turn the thumbs down and in, pinkies out, palms press down
and you use your exhale to float the fingertips down. Only go as far
as your breath goes. Empty, empty, empty. And then inhale. So keep it going. I’m not gonna cue you so you can really practice being
true to your breath. If you don’t make it that high
on the inhale or make it all the way down on
the exhale, that’s okay. That’s part of this experience. Part of this learning process
and it’s definitely something I want you to experience. So I’m gonna do my own practice
here and I’ll let you do yours and we’ll see what we discover. Wherever you are, keep it going. Don’t stop.
For these last couple rounds, the last couple cycles of breath you might, if
you’re in a good place, integrate the neck or the nose
and you can think about your nose traveling in
line with your fingertips. Inhaling, sending the gaze up and then exhaling gently
sending the gaze down. Don’t give up. Do one more
cycle wherever you are. Now wherever your are let’s all
together as one inhale reach the fingertips all the way up. This time let the palms
come all the way together. Namaste and then exhale hands slowly melt
down to your heart space. Take a second to
relax your shoulders. Relax your jaw and
just notice how you feel. And allow whatever you
discoveries you made to just settle in here. Reuniting with the breath. Gently close your eyes,
bow your head to your heart. Remember the breath
is always there for you. And so am I. Love you guys. Thanks for sharing your
time and energy with me and the
Yoga With Adriene community. Let us know how this
went for you down below. In particular this section and I hope you have an
amazing rest of the day. Namaste. (upbeat music)


  1. Hello my friends. I hope you can take time to reunite not only with your breath, but with your story, your sense of self, and remember – in order to love and serve – you have to start with your relationship to you. x

  2. <3

  3. I feel so relaxed after doing this practice. The arm and breath movement helped me to realize how often I am holding my breath uncomfortably to finish a pose or movement of some sort. Going forward, I intend to honor my breath and make adjustments as needed. Thank you thank you thank you for all that you do!

  4. Thanks, Adriene. Needed that! 💖

  5. LOVE! I will use this with the music classes I teach!

  6. wow!! This was unexpectedly amazing! Thank you!!! That vinyasa movement…. perfect!!!

  7. Awesome!

  8. After taking a break from yoga for a week of going to the gym, this was the perfect reminder that whether I’m meditating, lifting, or running, breath fuels movement—my spirit fuels my life. So good.💛

  9. Okay, I just have to say because I've thought it during a few vids – I thought I was like the only one to randomly use old English in normal conversation, and I love hearing that you do it too!! 😀 "thy breath"

  10. I absolutely love this. I’ve already done it twice in one week. Feels so nice. Thank you Adriene!

  11. I love this so much!

  12. We love your videos! So calming and peaceful. I would love to buy this blanket. What is the brand? 🦋

  13. I really enjoyed this one! I like when yoga forces me to slow all the way down. The slower I am the more present I can be. The last section especially helped me to become more aware of my center. Thank you Adriene! You are loved 🙂

  14. Virtual high five!! 😁🙌

  15. Love it! Since experiencing a "breathing circle" – a yoga class that was ALL pranayama, I've been imagining that every pose is only about the breath. Well not only, but really trying to let the breath be the focus of every pose and movement. Love this experimental challenge of stopping the movement when the breath ends.

  16. I can breath again ! Thank you so much !

  17. Hey it was great. I always like to bring in images of the lungs expanding like a balloon bringing in oxygen, nutrients, and life into the body, and exhaling squeezing out old air and all that which no longer serves. Thanks.

  18. I'm recovering from a concussion and find the breathing to be super helpful. There is so much tensing from the ache all day, and this is a nice way to get some air back in my lungs. Thank you so much.

  19. Restarted YWA with this pratice after a month away – sooo good to be connecting to my body again. Breathing helps me to feel whole. Surprising how your arms start to feel it too!

  20. I loved it! The last part really helped me breathe more deeply. Thank you!!!

  21. I've always struggled with getting my breathing right while doing yoga, this video really helped! The breathing with the arms rising and lowering was delightful (:

  22. I love yoga with Adriene! Thanks so much for your gift of yoga today.

  23. dear Adriene, thank for being so authentic! I love doing yoga with you. Reunite with our body is something so importante and beautiful

  24. Thank you so much for your videos, Adrienne. It’s taken me a while to get back into yoga and this video resonated with me. Trying to become pregnant for 3 years has brought on many stressors and through it all I’ve forgotten to BREATHE! Thank you. Thank you for this video and your guidance to self love and care. ♥️

  25. 4:49 Benji is licking her foot. Too cute.

  26. Thank you for that grounding practice today. Being away from yoga for the last month and a half, finding my breath was what i needed to get back on track. I cant say that i am a yoga adept yet, but i found that regular practice 3 to 4 times a week, following your lovely programs, since february has led me to be active more consinstentently than ever before. Thank you Adrienne for making me discover that doing yoga is something i actually enjoy and look forward to.

  27. Super helpful for an anxious mind to control and focus my thoughts, as well as relax my muscles. Thank you Adriene!

  28. I LOVEEEEE your videos!!!!!!! Yoga in a classroom can be so intimidating and scary, because you feel a level of pressure to be as good as everyone else. 
    Watching and participating in your videos from home is so much fun and allows me to do yoga. 
    I also like the commentary during the videos; telling us to listen to our body and how its ok if you can't fully do the pose or that its ok if you can't do the more advance stuff!! Thank you so much for bringing such amazing yoga videos to youtube. You ROCK! 🙂

  29. I watched your most recent “Classroom Meditation” and practiced that while sitting on the couch with my dog. I came to this when I realized Just how Hard it was for me to catch my breath and take at least one full breath. Even while initially laying down during this my body was so tense! From the muscles in my face all the way down.

    I’ll have to start my day with this breathing and remind myself to breathe when I’m feeling tense. Thank you Adriene!

  30. ❤️ this!

  31. Thank you! First time on the mat in what feels like forever 💜 any inhales are very short…something to work on. X

  32. A happy poem for happy people and dogs!

  33. Day 215💚 The last part was hard My hand reached to like the half while inhaling but exhaling was alright 🙏🏾

  34. Thank you <3

  35. I needed this sooo much today 💗 Many Thanks 💗

  36. Adding the part of only raising/lowering your arms as far as your breath goes made me realise a) how hard it is to really synchronise breath and movement, b) how all this time I've been trying to sync up with your movement instead of mine, resulting in holding my breath and thinking that was deep breathing, and c) just how mechanical I've been taking my practice. For the past year or so its felt more like something I have to do rather than something I chose to do. So it's always been about getting one pose done then the next and the next and roll up the mat.
    But as I enter this very trying period of trying to become the person I want to be, I want to be more conscious of how I move, and the choices I make in my life

  37. Wow, my shaky, trembly arms!! 😀

  38. It brings me a very peaceful mind now <3

  39. Virtual High 5 Adriene! 🙋‍♀️ This is exactly what I needed to recommit after a couple of weeks off. 💚

  40. I really needed this Adrienne,as I'm approaching menapause I have been feeling panicky,etc.Would you have any practices for this chapter in a women's life? Crying comes so easy too.Namaste,xo

  41. Love love love this class! Thank you for helping me to slow down and breathe deep 🙂 also i really loved the raising your arms with your full breathe !

  42. Breathing out is fine but I can't breathe in for long just yet, I find I hold my breath after I breathe in as I don't breathe in for long enough, lol. Gonna take a bit more practise yet.

  43. This was my first online yoga class and I totally loved it, I am one with my breath now :)! definitely subscribing and I'll be back for more videos!

  44. A perfect "back to school" session… I'm a teacher !😅
    Thanks a lot

  45. Yaaas i loved your energy, even tho we are trough screens. Thank you so much

  46. Question for anyone: At the beginning of this practice, when we're lying on our backs, are we supposed to keep our lower backs pressed to the mat? It feels uncomfortable and strangely "wrong" if I do not do this but as Adriene didn't tell me to, I just wondered… I know, I know, find what feels good! Great bedtime routine. G'night all.

  47. Loved this practice and especially the last part of breathing and lifting/lowering hands as it goes <3 Thank you, Adriene and the team!

  48. This is soo GOOOOOOD! I fell asleep from that start 😂 It’s so relaxing! Way to go Adriene! You really are an awesome teacher!

  49. I'm expecting Benjie, but when I opened my eyes he is gone already 😂😂😂 tired of sleeping already? 😂😂😂

  50. I’ve been doing your videos for over a year now and you are by far my favorite YouTube yogi to practice with. Literally, I’ve watched so many different yoga videos and they are great but they pail in comparison to what you bring to the table. Thank you for making these videos. You are such an inspiration to me Adrienne. Thank you so so much. ❤️ Namaste!

  51. To feel happiness arise through upturned lips – what a joy!

  52. You make my want to be a better person, the best version of myself. Thank you for that and for always being there for me even when you don't know it. Thank you is not enough, but thank you.

  53. Ok had surgery c9 days ago looked you up again after my break and this video is a gentle reminder of the importance of breath in movement. Your teaching helped me get up faster using my breath, Iearning to listen to my body and breath- another awesome session

  54. Hi This was hard, the breading with the arms, I wasn't able to reach the top it was a short breathing most of the times. Thanks you for the awareness. I will check it out the another breathing exercises

  55. Wow! Thank you.

  56. Wow! 😲 Thank you 🙏🏻

  57. For 21 days I’ve done yoga everyday with you, it’s been a beautiful practice thus far. I look forward to each day doing my at home practice. Thank you for bringing me back to my mat full swing and always sharing with us! You’re a great teacher. ❤️

  58. Thank you so much sweet dreams I’m giving you a❤️Adriene 🌸💍

  59. I was able to get my arms about 98% of the way up, but it was a struggle. pretty cool practice

  60. So awesome! Thank you ❤️

  61. Perfect! Thank you Adriene

  62. This is so beautiful. I feel energised and amazing after doing this practice! I love you Adriene!

  63. This practice jumped out for ne, resisted and then had to decide, I'll di it lying down, as in bed, headphones on, and that is how you began, lying down!glad I sat up to do amazing energy in hands, in vinyasa flow

  64. this was so amazing. I was sick for a few weeks and fell off of my regular yoga practice. Now that I'm feeling much better, this was exactly what I needed to start easing back in! Thanks for sharing

  65. it was a very peace experiences, I really feel the moments, thank you very much

  66. Insanely simple. Also, extremely affective. Thanks for helping me get my mind right!❤️

  67. Thank u soooo much,this' what i need. Love u sooo much..🤗😚🌷💙

  68. Thank you for this practice. 🙏💗

  69. So needed that! My mind was all over the place at the beginning. I was able to quiet my mind by the end and slow my breath down so I could get my arms a little higher by the last couple cycles. Perfect prep for a physical practice. Thank you! Go us! ❤️🙏

  70. so good

  71. Such a refreshing breathing exercise! Love it. I felt so calm afterwards. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  72. Getting back into your videos. Was using some of your routines this summer when I would finish work in the morning with my visit to the beach. The beach doesn’t have WiFi sorry. I enjoyed this one greatly. I like breathing workouts.

    I like how you worked in a hidden shoulder routine. Going slow like that the burn started to hit towards the end. To be honest I quick paused when I started to feel that so I could keep going with the burn.

    Also the deep breath while laying got some good pops I think a rib that was out of place found its home again 😂.

    Finally I get why you choose to end with the prayer 🙏 pose at the end. Much like crossing arm it feels like defending position. Which for myself allows for a little more “protection” while reflecting. Side note many martial artist may seen this in past as defensive entry move cause it gives some blocks the head throat chest upper abs. I had instructor say quick pray before you dive into the fray.

  73. just the balance I needed for my day. ✨Namaste 🙏

  74. powerful. thank you <3

  75. This practice is calming but alsohard work thank Adrienne and does help with my stress level.😴😛🤫

  76. Thanks very much Adriene i really liked this breathing reunite

  77. I love this, I needed it. That last sequence really helped me honor my breath and where I am right now which in turn helped my anxiety ease up. Namaste <3

  78. (sorry for my english)
    Thank you so much, I love your videos and I love your voice, I'm new to yoga and I feel it makes my day so much lighter & bearable!

    I'm yawning maybe 25-30 times everytime I do one of your session, am I the only one? :'D

    Lots of love !

  79. An Added Quik Jot: When you were in [Mom's womb] your [Thyroid] was to the Front of the Neck.
    [After Birth] your [Thyroid] aligned towards the [Back of the Throat]. (part of the Neck).
    To the Point: The [Chi Centers & Knee Reflexes] are excellent for the [Stability & Integrity] of the [Throat & Heart].
    All for [Fulfillment], my friend. "Nibhana, Amen". Jamieson (Peter).
    PS: Great [Center Line] for the Body. [Thyroid to Navel & just below].
    To Note: When the [Chi Centers] & [Knee Reflexes] "unite" for [Breath & Coordination]
    the (a) [Waist] & the (b) [Hip's Reflexes] "come together" for the [Breath] & [Movement] of the [Activity]. Great job, Adriene.
    All for [Consciousness & Awareness] in Doing.

  80. This is just what I needed today! It has been a rough past couple of weeks tending to others and in doing so I have let my regular yoga practice with the YWA community be put on the back burner. Rebirth, beginners mind, and now reuniting with self starting with my breath is helping me to get back to feeling like me again. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  81. Hello Adriene. Thank you for posting all of these videos. I will never take this free resource of knowledge, practice and time you provide for granted. Your videos have been helping me for over a week now, and it's the most consistent I've ever practiced. The last part was really challenging and I may go back to this video in a few days instead of trying different ones like I usually do of yours. I want to get better at making those breaths longer. It was a challenge I wasn't expecting in this episode and I really like it. Also my legs burned a bit, but a good burn?! Thank you again for sharing your knowledge and experience. I really appreciate it and also LOVE Benji (sorry If you spell it differently)!!!!!!!!!

  82. My breath is so bad… i always breath short… sometimes when im focused i dont breath at all 🥺 and i shake a lot bc i was addicted to redbull for 5-7 years.. and now trying to give back to my body for ruined it.. first time trying this! 😣

  83. Amazing! My hands and arms are pulsing and I'm sweating more with this practice than any other video I've tried to date! Don't even know how that works, but I love it. My hands feel like lead, and my face is tingling. I will come back to this practice again. Thank you so much Adriene!

  84. Love your videos. I especially liked the breathing exercise at the end 💜

  85. loved this one.

  86. This felt so good! I'll definitely be back. Hey to all of us that are united!👋🏾 Also, such a cute blanket you have there Adriene! I need it lol

  87. I’m loving your videos. They’ve really helped me relax and provide an outlet for anxiety. Thank you so much.

  88. Hello! A Filipina here catching up with her breath 🙂 I have realized that I take in the lots of love shorter and giving out my lots of love longer. Thank you, Adriene.

  89. Adriene, thank you for these videos. They are great. Since doing them, I have noticed a huge difference in my mood and energy level. Yoga is such a better option over excessive amounts of coffee and energy drinks. Thank you, love. ❤

  90. Hi, I am from Barbados and I have taken a liking to your videos but my thing is that i have a slightly twisted spine so my shoulders are un even and in try to sit and do actionsand breathing from centre feels a bit awkward for me. So is there more I can do for this?

  91. this was really wonderful, thank you. although my cat did think me moving my arms up and down at the end was an attempt to play with her, so she started leaping up to catch my hand every time I raised my arms. added a slight element of danger lol.

  92. Loved this practice! By the end and the exercise at the end, I felt a lot more in tune with my body and breath. I think this exercise is perfect for when you're anxious or stressed or life is going a little too fast.

  93. Love you A

  94. I’ve never put my hands on my ribs like that while breathing before, cue amazement. Excuse me I’m just having a moment. Thank you for this practice, love you Adriene!

  95. Adriene, you are a wonderful human being. Thank you for everything!

  96. The last excersice was awesome. To really see how long can I go with the inhale, I got half up, my belly often is very tight which keeps my energy from flwoing. And Breathing fully in. Thx for the relaxation and reconnection and you loving and fun art to teach yoga.

  97. Love the arm and breath synchronization. Really engaged the ol' monkey brain. Thank you!

  98. i started the last exercise with my breath so short my arms couldnt go above my shoulder. As i was doing it, it got bigger, and i was finally able to take a deep, good breath, in a very long time beacuse of my anxiety. Your videos are literally saving me, thank you <3

  99. Exactly what I needed today! Thank you!

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