Updated: Dec 12, 2020
It’s time to get your yoga mat! Thanks to a number of amazing YouTube channels, you can practice and shake yourself up with the hottest yoga poses – the sessions of Yoga with Adriene are just a few clicks away!
We live in a world, full of noise and distraction. Colors, sounds, blinking lights, and notifications chase our attention almost without a break. Each and every minute of the day, we’re forced to believe that we have to keep up, otherwise, we might miss out on something.
If we are not careful, we can easily find ourselves adrift, feeling stressed out, confused and without purpose. Although, we don’t always realize that we have everything we need to navigate our way through the storms. We just have to learn to use our own golden compass. Yoga is one of the most effective ways of rediscovering yourself.
You can even have an uplifting experience at home – Yoga with Adriene is the perfect example for that.
Take a deeper breath with Yoga
At the age of 27, I am standing right at the edge of that grey abyss we started to refer to as b.u.r.n.o.u.t.
I just feel exhausted. Anxieties became a shadow overhead, sending forth heavy showers of hectic thoughts. I haven’t had a good night’s sleep in a year.
In the past five months, I’ve been living abroad. I’ve managed the first international branch of the company I work for. There were days when I didn’t even want to get out of bed, let alone go out and make new friends. I remember thinking that this was all so selfish of me: I’m healthy and sort of successful, right?
I have no real reason to complain. But making yourself feel guilty never helps. I tossed my yoga mat in a corner of the living room the day I moved in, and it was becoming more and more inviting.
Then on one rainy afternoon, I stumbled upon a yoga video on YouTube.
I had already signed up for one or two yoga classes in the past. However, starting one of Adriene’s yoga challenges was completely different. I was at home, alone.
Whenever I sit down to do one of her YouTube sessions, I’m forced to focus. But instead of paying attention to the outside, I have to look deep into my mind. With each long sigh, there is a second of relief. The longer the sighs get, the more liberating the movements become.
Why I like Yoga with Adriene
Yoga with Adriene offers plenty of sessions tailored to different affirmations and concepts. These thoughtfully designed videos will give you the basic yoga poses, and invite you to challenge yourself, no matter what level you’re starting from. The shortest ones take about twenty minutes, which is doable even with a busy schedule.
To me, yoga is something deeply personal. Adriene gives me enough space to find my own rhythm. She often encourages her viewers to let their movements unfold organically and observe how they feel. If it’s good for you, keep it up, if it’s not, don’t pressure yourself. Yoga is not only for you – it is also about you.
With each yoga pose, I take baby steps to experience what it feels like to have the agency. I learn to drive my own thoughts further from the superficial and closer to what’s meaningful to me. It is incredibly hard to do an hour-long yoga session without letting yourself be disturbed. It did become that hard to focus.
I already feel the Yoga benefits of giving myself some time and a bit of space to unwind, to recharge, to let go.
Again, there are many great instructors you can find on the internet. Yoga With Adriene was the perfect YouTube channel for me. If you decide to give yoga a chance, you should explore the options: maybe it’s a series of videos you can follow or a yoga class near you – whatever works for you. As one of Adriene’s great lines suggests: