Yoga For The Classroom – Yoga With Adriene


– 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. (upbeat music) 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. (upbeat music)

100 thoughts on “Yoga For The Classroom – Yoga With Adriene

  1. So excited to have Adriene come into my third grade classroom this year with an official yoga video for kids! I have been using appropriate Yoga With Adriene videos for the past year. The little girls think you are so cool, and do yoga in the evenings. The boys have crushes on you, and follow along like troopers because they love you. After 29 years in an elementary classroom, I am humbled and grateful to have these in my brain breaks. We do yoga every day now. Love you Adrienne! Please, more videos! Sue

  2. Adriene, would you be willing to do a full body stretch video for achy muscles? I tend to clench my jaw when I sleep and wake up with most of my muscles all tight and achy. Thank you for your awesome videos!!!!!

  3. This is an awesome flow! Would you maybe consider a mini college series? I'd love to have a morning flow that activates the body since you sit a lot of the day sometimes as a student. Also a night flow would be nice for those crazy study days/weeks where you need to surrender some self care time and destress. Love what you're doing and you've been my go-to yoga guru for 2/5 of my yogi years ❀️

  4. This is so wonderful! It'd be AWESOME to see more children based practices on the channel. It'd be such a great resource for kids at school and at home!

  5. Adriene, can you get that YWA yellow tee made into a unisex or ladies tank! Very interested in that color 😁

  6. Hey Adriene I have a question. I've been following your yoga videos for about a month now and I'm absolutely loving it and I'm so glad I started doing yoga by watching your videos. For a while my mental health has been a little so so and I've started taking antihistamines for my anxiety that work great but make me sooo tired. I was wondering what easy to do yoga you would recommend someone who studies/sits by an office with access to a mat to do as not to fall asleep several times during the day? Something to do a couple of times when sleep sneaks up on you. Lotsa love ❀

  7. This is such perfect timing! I just started teaching 5th grade a couple of weeks ago and told my kids I would do yoga with them sometime! Love love love!

  8. I have been totally yoga free (worst thing ever) for months with joint inflammation. I saw this pop up on my phone and I was like, wait, the pain has gone, I CAN DO THIS AGAIN!!!! I feel so good post practice. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!

  9. Adriene! I love you videos! Lately I've been really feeling fall, so I was wondering if you could do a fall-themed yoga season to welcome the new season!

  10. I fall a little more in love with Adriene every time I see her. The world needs more positive people and she's really doing her bit. Imagine how proud her parents must be. Love her

  11. I was having a really bad day today and I didn't want to do anything but I'm so glad I did this! I'm not in a class room so when you said look around and say "you're awesome" I said it to all my teddies πŸ˜‚

  12. I almost started crying out of nowhere when I was doing the last pose and what Adriene said was just so beautiful and hit home because I've been feeling really insecure lately.

  13. I LOVE this, and I LOVE your awesomeness Adriene!!! Thank you so much for your love, encouragement, and free yoga videos! You are helping me love myself and other more each and every day. From my heart to yours, Thank You! You are such an incredible person, teacher, and role model. <3 Words can not express how grateful I am to you! πŸ™‚

  14. Adriene you are awesome!!! I have done this practice several times and I feel energized, happy, and awesome every single time! Thank you! I don't even have a classroom, however I just love this practice. Namaste

  15. Please make a yoga in the classroom series!!! It's such a great brain break for my students (and me too). The other classroom yoga videos I've found on YouTube can get a little too kiddish for my "cool" 4th graders. We loved this video!

  16. well this is the only yoga video i have hurt myself on .. fingers pointing to the sky and jump ..aaahhh low ceilings beware .So watch out kids always look before you leep..and learn to spell .

  17. I thought this video was totally cool! I am actually writing an argumentative essay for my english class about why yoga should be taught/practiced at school, and to me it's pretty awesome Adriene made a class for schools, and that schools have used it!!! Aside from this, even though its not a traditional practice, it still helped me let go of my stress and worries I accumulated through my school day. Thank you Yoga With Adriene!

  18. I think my favourite part is when we go "I'm awesome, you're awesome, we're awesome!" Yup. Never done that in a yoga class before and guess what? It feels awesome!

  19. I've been doing YWA at home myself for awhile, so it was fun to share it with my third graders. I often do yoga poses with them during transitions or when they are tired, so watching a video of someone new was a fun change for them. They really enjoyed following along, and the poses were very accessible to them and grounding. They were ready to tackle more math when we were done! Adriene, please do more yoga for the classroom!

  20. Please do a Yoga for Special Ed teachers! This is a job that runs the gamut of physical, emotional and mental exhaustion! There's so many SPEDS (including myself) that need your wisdom.

  21. Teachers in my city are striking today and it’s been a lot of pressure and anxiety for a lot of people, I wanted something simple and ironically, yoga for the classroom brought me back to a child’s perspective which I needed.

  22. I have stumbled upon you and fallen in love and I wish you'd do yoga for kids. I'd love to do some with them with those animal names for ease. I don't want to go anywhere else. πŸ˜‚

  23. Adrienne I needed to hear these kind words so badly right now. It is the end of the school year, and my confidence has been very low for many days. I practice yoga not just for the physical health, but to remember to connect with myself & love and respect myself. Thank you for another great yoga practice.

  24. I loved this little viddy, I was there with you in the classroom. I felt the fun and lightheartedness, you are very inspiring to use yoga to brighten our day, perfect for my busy day ahead . Freedom Glow tomorrow, sounds good πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘πŸ»πŸ§˜πŸΌβ€β™€οΈπŸ™πŸ’ž

  25. Ok ok I say this a lot – this was my favorite practice! =)Bookmarked amongst all my other YWA favorites though. This one was so much fun, refreshing and empowering. Such power in words so when they are delivered with loving kindness… well that's just gold folks. Love you Adriene and Benji! Namaste All.

  26. I really wish that my 3rd grade students would understand English so that I could do this video in class!! I do a little 5 minutes yoga with them everyday and you are always my inspiration!
    I am awesome, you are awesome and we are awesome (I will translate that in French for next time).
    Namaste πŸ™ πŸ’œ

  27. Hi Adriene! As a teacher-candidate working with primary/junior children I can say that this tonight was not only a special practice for me but such a good tool to use in the future. I will most definitely be using this in the classroom in the future. I often struggled to figure out yoga poses that would be appropriate, and even poses that were ok to do without a mat (because, budgets yalllll). This video has inspired me so much! Thank you so much for welcoming this, and I will adopt this in my teaching practice for sure…can't wait to use this!
    *Kind of want to try it in the morning, it's getting so hot out now that the kids are starting to get restless, so I think I want to try this!
    <3 Namaste <3

  28. Mmmm shoulder stretches!!!! You must have a crystal ball that predicts my aches and pains. Woke up with a locked up upper half and, lo and behold, this practice was perfect! You magical being you. This was a lovely little yoga snippet, balancing (quite literally) and countering all of the work on the arms from yesterday. So clever and so lovely! I just can’t get enough πŸ˜‚ until tomorrow, namaste xxx

  29. did this video with my kid, too bad my finger got chopped off in the ceiling fan when we did the jump part (lol)

  30. I teach fourth grade and will be using this in my classroom this year. Thanks, Adriene! More like this would be great!

  31. It was quite fun as practice. I think many students would like to do it. Good to be focused. We are all awesome. Namaste.

  32. First day of school and full work schedule after summer hours begin today. Nothing quite like this short and sweet practice, Adriene wearing my favorite color πŸ’›, and sending me off with a smile and a wave. β€œHave an awesome day!” to all of you as well. β€οΈπŸ§˜πŸ»β€β™€οΈβœ¨πŸŒŠ

  33. Nice class today! I love the idea of working in todasana in order to work on concentration and balance. Felt very connected and a nice way to ease in the back-to-school mindset. Going onto Yoga for the Desk next. Thank you Adriene!

  34. an extremely useful πŸ˜‰ 10 mins, it was too much needed it reminds me of qigong and it is so good
    Thank you Adriene

  35. Well, Flamingo pose is fun! Also I told the walls either side of me that they were awsome. I'm 20 and I felt amazing afterwards!

  36. I'm a English middle school in Mexico and I'm always looking for simple exercises like these to keep my students awake since Mexican students spend long time sat on a chair in a crowded room! Thanks for sharing.

  37. I am a little confused; on your page that lists all your wonderful videos, this is labeled "Yoga for glaucoma and vertigo" but when I click on it, this great video, " Yoga for the Classroom" comes up!! Do you have a video for vertigo??

  38. I am a middle school teacher. I would really enjoy if you made more 5-10 minute yoga videos so that I could use them in my class.

  39. I'm recovering from surgery and doing all the gentle Adriene videos I can until I am able to do the others again. This combined with the chair yoga was perfect. And if I were a teacher I would definitely want to do this with my students – what a positive message! love you Adriene

  40. I had guided yoga every Wednesday at my high school. I graduated last year and couldn't do yoga by my lonesome and feel satisfied. Today something told me to look it up some yoga on YouTube and I found this video. I was able to get that satisfaction back and feel great! Thank you for being my yoga buddy πŸ’–πŸ’–

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