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Yoga For The Classroom - Yoga With Adriene



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- What's up everyone and welcome to Yoga With Adriene.

I am Adriene and this is Benji,

and today we have a special sequence for the classroom,

so this is a little bit of yoga you can do to refresh,

to ground, and get a little kick start so you can

feel good and have an awesome day.

Let's get started.

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Alright my friends, let's begin standing up.

We're gonna bring our feet hip width apart.

And we're just gonna take a second to stand up

nice and tall.

So a lot of people think, oh, yoga has to be

like this contorted pose or this pretzely posture,

and those things are fun,

but really yoga is about taking a moment

to really be.

Right, you may have heard it before, be in the moment.

So we're just gonna take a second

to stand up nice and tall.

Hopefully you're there by now, and we're just gonna

squeeze the shoulders up to the ears and take

a deep breath in, squeeze, squeeze, squeeze,

squeeze so much, don't hurt yourself,

but squeeze, squeeze, squeeze, lift, lift, lift

and then on a big exhale, big breath out, we're gonna drop

the shoulders down away from the ears.

Here we go, one, two, and three,

(sighs).

Let's do it two more times, inhale, squeeze and lift,

squeeze and lift, and this time as you squeeze really

try to feel your feet pressing down into the earth

as you squeeze and lift, squeeze, squeeze, squeeze,

and here we go, one, two, drop on the three,

ahh.

And last time, here we go, inhale, squeeze and lift,

squeeze, shoulders up to the ear lobes,

press your feet into the ground, squeeze,

and here we go, one, two, and relax,

ahh, three.

Awesome, we're gonna shake the head yes now.

And after that squeeze you should really be able to feel

or have an awareness for the muscles in the neck

and the area around your shoulders.

And after you've done yes a little let's just

balance it out, right, no.

Feeling the muscles of the neck.

And then now you're gonna do a little freestyle,

tap into your creative energy and just do a little

yes and no and maybe so,

so you're just gonna move around the shoulders

and depending on what mood you're in,

if you're in a kind of grumpy mood or just a quiet solemn

mood, that's all good, just move nice and slow,

but if you're in a silly mood you might

get a little silly and embrace that and use this time,

but keep your feet planted parallel, very important.

So here we go, yes, no, maybe so,

for three, two, and then release on the one,

ahh.

Alright, feet are still parallel, planted to the ground.

This is what we're gonna use to kind of ground

in the moment.

So sometimes when we're distracted

or we're not having a good day, all we really need

is to take a moment to ground and be.

Draw your hands together at your heart,

Anjali Mudra, you're gonna press the elbows

left to right here, and really press as hard as you can.

Press, press, press, press, press, press,

and then on three we're gonna relax our hands at our side.

Here we go, one, press harder, harder,

two, press harder,

and then relax on the three,

and guess what, you're in a yoga pose right now.

We call this Mountain Pose or Tadasana.

Imagine the tip of your head, the crown of your head

is the top of the mountain, and your fingertips

reach down towards the earth and you lift your chest

strong and then the feet are grounded

at the bottom of the mountain.

So we're gonna take the biggest breath we've taken all day,

in through the nose, here we go.

And then really calm and smooth as you exhale

out through the mouth.

Let's do it two more times, inhale in, tall and strong.

And then really cool and soft as you exhale

out through the mouth.

And this one, see if you can be really still, inhale.

Exhale, fingertips are spread.

Awesome, then shake it off, shake it off,

keep your feet parallel though, keep your feet parallel,

shake it off, keep your feet parallel, shake it off,

shake it off, shake it off, awesome.

You're gonna draw the hands together,

and this time inhale, reach up towards the sky,

palms are together.

Then interlace the fingertips and just your index fingers

are gonna point forward, we call this steeple grip.

You're gonna inhale in, smile, stretch, stretch, stretch,

and then exhale, just tilt to the right,

press into your feet and tilt to the right, big stretch,

inhale, really high like a rocket ship,

like you're gonna, pshoo, blast off into space,

and then over to the other side, big stretch,

over to the left, press into both of your feet,

so keep your feet on the ground, inhale in,

and then exhale, come back, here we go,

three, two, one, blast off, you're gonna jump up

towards the sky, and then release your hands

all the way down.

Amazing, here we go, bend one knee,

excuse me, lift one leg, just bend one knee,

doesn't matter which one, you're just gonna try

to balance here on one leg.

Palms are open, your body is essentially

still in Tadasana, Mountain Pose.

Just see if you can balance, and sometimes a cool little tip

is to find something you can put your eyeballs on,

not literally your eyeballs on, but focus

your concentration on one spot, maybe it's a spot

on the chalkboard or it's a spot on the ground,

or it's a piece of lint on somebody's sweater,

of course don't stare at someone, be respectful,

but you can find something to focus on.

And then if you want from here, maybe you've fallen

a couple of times, if you're getting frustrated don't worry,

I've been doing yoga a long time so I have this balance down

but it takes lots of practice.

You can take this pose, and you get to choose,

you can either choose a flamingo pose,

grabbing your ankle

and bringing one hand to your heart,

or you can go for a Tree Pose.

So you get to decide, you're in the driver's seat,

lengthen tailbone down, lift your heart,

so you're gonna choose a Tree Pose or flamingo pose.

Yogi's choice.

And we're practicing our balance, but also

just our concentration and our self respect.

If we can't make it or if we're not doing

as well as we should, then we're just gonna practice

self respect by going, you know what,

I'm trying my best and to be nice to myself

I'm not gonna get too frustrated or angry.

And then a really good side note

is a really good tool for that is just breathing deep

when you get frustrated or when you get angry.

Alright, release that side, shake it off,

keep your feet on the ground, though.

And then try the other side,

again, you get to choose what your balancing pose is.

So you could just lift one leg, bend one knee

and hold it there, cool and calm, depending on

the kind of mood you're in today,

and then once you feel like you got it there

and you're lifting your chest, and your body is

essentially in Mountain Pose, just on one leg.

Once you feel like you're ready

you can use your creative mind,

your artistic side,

to choose either a flamingo variation

or maybe you're a tree fan.

And maybe you're like me and you wanna do both.

So whatever pose you picked, again, remember self respect,

be kind to yourself, remember the powerful tool

of your breath, it'll help you focus,

it'll help you keep a good attitude,

it'll also leave you nice and refreshed

for whatever is next in your day.

This is a great way to kill the time,

great way to find what feels good

so that you can be awesome and

lovable,

and more awesome.

Wherever you are, slowly release,

and then shake it off, both feet on the ground.

Awesome, now we're gonna bring the feet together

so it becomes one solid strong leg.

And if you're doing this in a chair, you just sit up

nice and tall, we don't really need the bottom half,

it's just about finding length up through the spine.

Alright, and then we're gonna take our hearts

and we're gonna lift them up towards the sky

and we're gonna draw the hands to the waistline.

This is it, this is our ending here,

so really give it your all.

And stand like a superhero would, like a hero,

like someone who is awesome, because guess what,

you're awesome, and I love yoga because yoga is actually

not about transforming into something awesome,

it's about recognizing that you're already

amazing and awesome, and unique,

and beautiful.

And if that makes you eagle that's fine,

that's okay with me, but just know

deep down in your heart that it's true.

Alright, take a deep breath in, one more big, big breath

in this strong yoga pose, yes this is a yoga pose,

draw your elbows back,

lift your chest, lift your heart,

nice confident pose here,

and then release.

Alright, we bring the palms together

and at the end of our yoga sessions we often take

a moment to acknowledge how awesome we are,

and it's not

stuck up, it's a way of going, I'm awesome,

you're awesome, and we're all awesome.

So here we go, we inhale,

we say, I'm awesome,

and look around the room and say, you're awesome,

and then all together now, we're awesome.

And then we say namaste.

Have an awesome day.

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