Yoga For Writers | Yoga With Adriene


– Hi everyone,
welcome to Yoga With Adriene. I’m Adriene, and I’m
here with my muse, Benji, and today we have a big request. It’s yoga for writers. So hop into something comfy,
and let’s get started. (upbeat music) Alright, my friend, let’s begin in a
comfortable seat today. Come on down to the ground. Thank you so much
for selecting this video. I hope it serves you well. You know, the hardest
part is showing up. We know that as writers, or people who are
wanting to practice sitting down to write regularly. So let this be a beautiful
step in the right direction, something that
supports you in your practice. For today, if you want, to get a little blanket
or pillow to sit up on. We’re gonna begin
in a cross-legged seat, or any comfortable
seat of your choice, where you can get the
spine nice and long and tall. So I’ll give you a
second to get settled in here, and let’s approach this
just kind of soft and easy, so if you’re feeling
really cramped up today or you’re feeling frustrated, that’s all good,
just come as you are, and we’re gonna
ease into the practice with some slow breaths, some mindful breathing. As you’re ready,
sit up nice and tall, relax your shoulders, again, working toward
sitting up nice and tall. If it’s not happening today,
it’s okay. It’s the working toward that
goal that that really matters. Sitting up on
something does help. Take a second to
just allow your energy to drop into this moment. Carve a little path inward, and work to slowly let the day thus far, your thinking mind,
your to-do list, let it go for now. And let’s take a
deep breath in together. And as you exhale, just place the hands mindfully on the knees or the thighs,
or even in your lap, but just a mindful placement,
with that breath out. And then on your next breath in, let this inhale
be longer, smoother, deeper, fuller, here we go. And then exhale everything out, letting go of the thinking mind. And finally,
if you haven’t already, close your eyes
or soften your gaze, gently down past your nose, and this time, we’re gonna
take a big breath in together. Here we go, inhale. Fill it up.
Sit up nice and tall. And at the top of the breath, we’re gonna pause
and hold the breath. Hold it, hold it, hold it. And empty it out. Great, repeat. Here we go. Big inhale. Fill it up, fill it up,
fill it up, fill it up. Pause. Retain the breath at the top, relax the shoulders. Keep the skin in the
face relaxed as well. And empty it out. Let everything go. Again, big inhale,
in through the nose. Think of this
being a lateral breath, breathing in all
four sides of the torso, fill it up, fill it up,
fill it up, fill it up. Capture the magic, pause.
Hold the energy. Hold the breath at the top. Good, now let everything go. Maybe this one is
out through the mouth. Alright, inhale in again. Breathe in, breathe in,
breathe in, breathe in, pause. Hold at the top,
relax the shoulders. Relax the skin of the face.
Relax your jaw. And empty it out. Last one.
Here we go, big inhale. Big, full, lateral breath. Feeling all four
sides of the torso expand as you breathe in,
sitting up nice and tall, maybe finding a gentle
lift in your heart space for this one. Pause, hold, retain at the top.
Keep it soft and easy. relaxed in the body,
capture the magic, For three,
hold it for two, and one,
empty everything out. Excellent. Nice and easy, we’re gonna
drop the chin to the chest. Pause here. You can bat the
eyelashes open here. And use the, or listen
to the sound of my voice to guide you so you
can keep your gaze down. Let the hips be heavy. Imagine you’re pinching a pencil between your
two shoulder blades. So you’re gonna
draw the scaps together, and then once
they kiss together, you’re holding that pencil,
take it down. Let the shoulder blades
melt down the back body. So we’re coming in and together. You will feel an adjustment
in your hands and your arms. In and together, and
then down the back body. Now, breathe deeply here. Again, feeling the lungs,
the ribcage, expand as you breathe in. And then soften
as you breathe out. And then relax the
skin of the forehead, close your eyes if you need to to help initiate this action as you create a
big passive stretch in the back of the neck. Then slow tick-tocks, drawing the left ear towards the front of the left shoulder, and then the right ear towards the front
of the right shoulder, so chin stays down and
you’re tick-tocking here. You should feel
this great stretch from the base of the neck to the trapezius, that big ol’ trapezius muscle. Maybe pause on one side,
take a cycle of breath. And then take it to the
opposite side, same thing. Oh, yeah. And bring it back to
center when you feel ready. And slowly carve a line
with the nose to sit back up. Try to align head over heart, heart over pelvis here. Inhale, send the
fingertips forward. Exhale, cross one
arm over the other, give yourself a big hug. Inhale in deeply. Exhale, completely
draw the shoulders down. Beautiful, from here, keep the hips heavy, sits
bones rooted to the ground. You’re gonna tick-tock
from one side to the other. Getting a little gentle
stretch in the side body and the low back, so
nice and easy back and forth. So try to keep the
hips really heavy here. Excellent. Then slowly
release the arms, opposite arm on top, same thing,
tick-tock back and forth, maybe a little deeper this time. Think of the side
body as a stick of taffy, and each time you
gently come to one side you’re giving it a
little bit more bend. A little bit of stretch. All the while,
connecting to center. Elongating your inhales.
Extending your exhales. Great, then we’ll
come back to center. Release the arms,
bring the palms to the knees, take a deep breath in as you shrug your
shoulders up to your ears. Squeeze, squeeze,
squeeze and lift and then exhale,
drop it down. Good, twice more like that. Inhale, squeeze and lift. Exhale, shoulder blades down
the back-body as you drop. And one more, take it away. Awesome. Left hand
to right knee cap. Sit up nice and tall. Inhale, lift your heart, lift the crown of the head.
Exhale, twist. So stimulating the
energetic body here, the digestive organs too, but really working to create a healthy flow of energy
that runs up and down the spine. Get the creative juices flowing. You can nod the head a little, yes here, maybe no.
Keep breathing deep. Good, then take
it through center and to the other side. Resist the urge
to rock back here. Work to gently stimulate
the muscles of your core to sit up nice and tall. And these things take practice so just do your best, using an inhale to
lengthen up through the heart, up through the crown. Using an exhale to maybe
look past your left shoulder. And any soft, easy
movement in the head or neck that feels good, take it here. Awesome. Then we’ll
bring it back to center. We’re gonna come
through to all fours. If you need a little
padding for the knees, you can use your
yoga mat if you have one to double up like so
and place the knees here. Easy, simple trick. You can also use your
blanket or towel of course. We’re gonna come to a
little Tabletop Position. Bring your wrists right
underneath the shoulders, your knees right
underneath your hip points. And then once you have
this nice neutral spine, I’m gonna invite you
to walk your hands out just a little bit wider
than your shoulder. Alright, Cat-Cow.
Nice and slow here to start. Press into the tops of the feet. Press into your
index finger and thumb. And then press into
all of your knuckles. Good, here we go, inhale,
drop the belly. Open the chest, again,
slow to start here, open the heart, the chest. Hang out here for
a couple breathes. Close your eyes. Notice, notice, notice. Notice if you feel a trembling,
even here right away. And then from a
place of connect, whatever that means to you, claw through the fingertips,
press into the toes, hug the low ribs in,
we’re gonna arch the spine, arc the spine, excuse me, chin to chest, crown
of the head goes down. Again, slow to start here. Creating a lot of space
in the upper back body. Imagine lengthening,
so rather than tucking, just think about
lengthening the tailbone down towards the earth. Take a couple more
breathes here, to notice. Breathe. And now let’s
move with the breath. Inhale, drop the belly,
open the chest. Really, really press
into the feet today. And then exhale,
claw through the fingertips, round the spine,
really, really, really claw into those first knuckles. Just claw into all of
your knuckles, actually. Inhale, drop the belly. Open the chest, look forward. Exhale, grounding through all
of your fingers and knuckles, round through the spine,
chin to chest, draw the navel up, up, up. Moving with your breath,
inhale, Cow Pose. Exhale, Cat Pose. Now take one more round just with the
sound of your breath. So find an audible
breath and move with that. Excellent. Come back to nice neutral spine, big toes to touch,
knees nice and wide. Send the hips back,
Child’s Pose, Extended Child’s Pose. But today you’re
gonna send the hips back, walk the fingertips forward, stay here, or there’s an option to bring the palms up behind
the nape of the neck here. If that feels good,
walk the elbows forward. Start to get a deeper,
deeper stretch through the shoulder girdle,
and the chest. And now, my darling friend,
close your eyes. Keep up with your
nice audible breath, let it be your soundtrack. Notice the quality
of air in the room, any sounds that
might be around you. And then keep returning
to the sound of your breath and the sensation in your body. Even the sticky sensations,
the fussy ones. Pay attention. Excellent, then
slowly we’ll release. We’re gonna come
all the way through, back to all fours. Walk the knees back
underneath the hips, and then walk ’em back, and you’re gonna
slowly bend your elbows and come onto your belly. From here, center
yourself on the mat, press into the tops of the feet, slowly draw your hands
in line with your ribcage. Squeeze your elbows
into your side body, and inhale, lift up slowly,
Bhujangasana. Keep it nice and
low here to start as you hug the elbows in
like little grasshopper legs. Exhale to release,
press back up to all fours. You got this. Find that Tabletop Position. Then take the
hands a little wider. Pinkies towards
the edge of your mat. Index fingers pointing forward. Then here we go,
curl the toes under, take a deep breath in. Exhale, upper arm
bones rotate out, and we peel the
tailbone up towards the sky, Downward Facing Dog. So getting a little healthy,
fresh blood flow to the brain. Getting the
heart above the head. You can pedal the feet
out here, bend the knees. And if this is not
a great shape for you, you can just come
into Extended Child’s Pose. Keep rooting
through those knuckles, keep pressing
into the fingertips. Upper arm bones rotate out as your heart melts through and towards your kneecaps. Then for a second here,
find stillness. Capture the magic, the energy. Soften your gaze. Think long, beautiful neck. Inner thighs rotating
in towards each other. Nice inner spiral. Find stillness. If you’re wearing
a baggy shirt like me you can go into your own
little private love cave, little cave of ideas and wonder. Take it where
you can get it, right? Big inhale. Exhale, slow release
of the knees to the earth. Good. From here, bring the tops
of the feet to the ground. We’re gonna walk the hands all the way up to the thighs, and we’re gonna come
to a kneeling position. If this is not great for you, you can do it on the belly, and that’s where
we’re headed after this, so we’ll meet you there. Alright, roll your
sleeves up if you got ’em. Here we go,
lengthen tailbone down. Lift heart up. Swim the fingertips around,
spread the fingertips, and you’re gonna
interlace them behind your back. Knuckles drawn down
towards the backs of the knees. Start to open up
through the chest. Again, imagine
you’re pinching that pencil between your two scaps,
your shoulder blades. And then open up
through the chest here as you draw the
knuckles towards your heels. Close your eyes, relax your jaw. Maybe soft, easy movement
here in the head and neck. We’ll listen to
your body and respond, sweetly, generously, kindly. Stay grounded by pressing
into the tops of the feet. For one more breath,
maybe you take your sternum up, your chest up, maybe
you take your chin up, and then gaze back,
just for a hair. And then exhale to
release everything, awesome. Shake the hands a little, maybe rotate the wrists
one way and then the other. Awesome. We’re gonna come
onto the belly now, so come back to the hands,
hands kiss the earth. We walk the knees back,
just like we did before, and we’re gonna
lower onto the belly. This time we’ll swim
the fingertips around here, for Shalabhasana,
opposite them on top, if you interlaced before. Knuckles are gonna
draw towards the heels, and when you’re
ready, inhale in. Exhale, press in your foundation to lift up nice and low. So I’m not really
coming to my max here and I’m keeping my
feet on the ground. Press the pubic bone
down into the earth. Lengthen the neck by
tucking the chin slightly. Breathe here, feel
your breath move in you, that rise and fall. Good, and then slowly,
on an exhale, release with control. Press back up to all fours, and bring the
knees wide once again. On your next inhale,
open up through the chest, send your right
fingertips up towards the sky. Lean back, way back, and then on your exhale,
thread the needle, right arm underneath
the bridge of the left arm. You’re gonna really come,
or work to come onto the right ear,
the right shoulder here. So you’re wanting
to feel a big stretch in the upper back body, and then a beautiful twist in the mid and lower back,
nice and easy. Legs are still firmly
planted on the earth. If you wanna take
a little bind here by bringing the left
hand to the low back, or the front of the
right hip crease, you can. Otherwise, keep
the left elbow bent. Inhale in deeply here. Exhale, let everything go.
Empty, empty, empty. One more time, inhale. Good, on your exhale this time, come back through to center, and we’ll take it
to the other side. So big stretch of the
left arm up and overhead, spread the left fingertips. And then exhale,
thread the needle. Listen to your body as
you move through the shape. So don’t wait to listen
’til once you’ve landed. Connect the dots. Connect the brain with the body. Find a version
here that suits you. Maybe you take the bind. Think about spiraling
your heart up towards the sky. Think about
turning your left low ribs up towards the sky. Inhale in deeply here, breathe. Exhale, empty it out, listen to the
sound of your breath. Good, inhale in. And exhale to slowly come all the way back
through to center, awesome. Walk the knees in
towards each other. We’re gonna slowly swing the
legs to one side, any side. And then send your legs
out long in front of you. You can bend the knees as
generously as you like here. I encourage it. Inhale to reach all
the way up towards the sky. And exhale to think up and over as you dive into a
Seated Forward Fold. Maybe start with the knees bent. Feel free to lift
your hips up if you like. And when you’re ready,
rounding the head gently forward,
a reverent bow. Bowing the mind intelligence in towards the
body intelligence. And as always, I just
like to remind everyone, if that resonates,
great. If it doesn’t, just leave it behind, and
take charge of your practice. Breathe deep,
breathe full, slow breaths. Pay attention to the sensations. Maybe we work to
straighten the legs in time. Maybe we can feel
our body talking to us, and so we’ll
respond with more breath, more loving awareness. If you can, try to let the
weight of your head go here. See if you can feel
the skin of your back stretch as you breathe in. And then gently, softly
retract as you breathe out. Again, big expansion
as you breathe in. Good, and then softening
as you breathe out. Take one more on your own here. And then slowly release. Awesome work. We’re gonna bring the knees up,
feet come to the mat. Bring your bum
closer towards your heels. Take a deep breath in. As you exhale, slowly
bring the knees to one side and then the other,
and then you’re just gonna use this little
windshield wiper effect to come all the
way down to your back. So that’s gonna
give you a little scooch of the bum down,
when your ready, come onto your back. We’ll hug both knees into
the chest when you get there, and take the deepest
breath you’ve taken in all day. Little lower back love. You can draw
circles with the knees. You can rock
gently side to side, or if you’re enjoying kind of residing in
the stillness today, with just some deep,
full breathing, do that. Listen, find what feels good. Good, then bring your
left leg to the ground. Cross your right
ankle over your left. Go ahead and
thread the needle here, and we’re gonna open up the hips by just taking a
gentle Reclined Pigeon. Keep the feet active. Again, extend the left leg,
if you like. Otherwise, keep it bent at a nice 90 degree angle. Breathing deep.
Using this time to check in with some
loving, active breaths. Move the energy. Calm the nervous system. Focus the brain
and body inward, so that you can perform,
create, be your best. Alright, let the
left leg go down. Continue to bring the right toes over towards the front
left corner of your mat. And then we’re
gonna shift the hips to the right side of the mat, so peek at me
here if you need to. And then just allow the knees to fall gently to the left. You can open the arms out,
cactus arms, or maybe a W shape here. W, for the writers. Just kidding,
super nerdy (chuckles). Take a deep breath in. And exhale to come back, right? You gotta say the bad ideas too. You gotta just get ’em all out. And second side, cross the left
ankle over the right leg. Thread the needle here. Find soft, easy movement,
if it feels good. Extend the leg, bend the knee. Inhale in. Exhale, right foot
comes to the earth. We continue to
cross the left leg over as if you’re sitting
cross-legged at a desk, and then we’re
gonna bring the hips over towards the
left side of the mat. Peek at me if you need to. And then allow the
knees to fall over. Alright, maybe a W here, with bent elbows,
maybe cactus arms. Close your eyes. As you breathe, think down, downward directional breath as you breathe in,
into the belly. Right to that root chakra,
the base of the spine, and then as you breathe out, let it travel up and out through the nose or mouth. Good, inhale in. Exhale slowly, unravel
everything back to center. Beautiful. From here, you’re gonna
bring the feet to the ground, bring your hands
underneath your bum. Walk the elbows in, so your bum
should be on your wrists, spread your palms wide. Then extend the legs out long. This is good for the wrists,
the forearms, the hands. If you’re wanting to just do
the more therapeutic version, walk the heels together and just stay
on your hands here. If you wanna add a
little level of core, we’re gonna inhale
just one leg up here. Exhale, switch,
scissoring the legs. Keep it going. Keep rooting
through your knuckles. Pressing into the fingerprints. Nice and easy. One leg up, one leg down. Scissoring. And then if you
wanna challenge yourself, bring both legs low, and for this last bit,
we’ll kick the legs, kick, kick, kick,
low scissors, for five. You got this, four.
Claw through the fingertips, three, two,
you’re doing awesome. On the one, hug the knees in, release the arms,
bring them to the shins, squeeze everything in, in, in. And exhale, let it go, bring the feet as
wide as your yoga mat, knees come in
towards each other, to rest together. Ending in this
constructive resting posture where we will close our eyes, let the hands rest
gently wherever feels good. Should feel a nice little
compression in the sacrum. Everything is relaxed. You’re not holding anything. So if your knees
are not touching, bring them together here. Alright, close your eyes. And quietly, if you’re willing, quietly repeat this affirmation to yourself. Keep breathing. Repeat after me. When I sit down. When I sit down. Ideas flow freely. Ideas flow freely. Keep breathing. Repeat after me. When I sit down. My ideas flow freely. Inhale to bring palms together. Go ahead and draw your
thumbs up to the third eye. Exhale here. Thank you for
joining me for this practice. Let me know how it goes for you, in the comment
section down below. Sit down,
write us a little note, and together we can share
and cheerlead each other. Have each other’s back. One final breath in. And we’ll close this
practice by whispering Namaste. (upbeat music)