Blog by : Vineet Chatterjee
Adriene Mishler – The YouTube Yogi
Adriene Mishler is a fitness instructor known for her Yoga With Adriene website. She is also the co-founder of Find What Feels Good, that is the online library of Yoga Materials. Her YouTube channel named Yoga With Adriene has more than 2.3 million subscribers.
Adriene Mishler was born in Austin, TX on September 29, 1984.
With a professional theatre background, Adriene works in television, voiceover and film and has 2 million subscribers on YouTube. She is a regular contributor for magazines and blogs and voices several character’s in DC Universe Online including Lois Lane, Supergirl, Powergirl and Raven.
Adriene co-founded Find What Feels Good, a video subscription website, providing creative Yoga and Yoga Lifestyle content across all devices. On a mission to get the tools of yoga into schools and homes, Adriene also produces and hosts Yoga With Adriene, a successful online community that provides high quality yoga at no cost to inspire people of all shapes and sizes across the globe. YWA was recognized by Google as the most searched workout of 2015, has been recognized by The Wall Street Journal and was awarded a Streamy in Health and Wellness in 2016.
According to her, “Yoga is really the art of waking up. Getting back to the true you. It can be that simple. Yoga offers up a way for us to see a world that is working for you instead of against you. Yoga reminds me that everything is connected so we must live, act, dance, breathe with awareness. If the journey really is the reward, then by golly I choose to enJOY the journey. I hope you will join me and enjoy the process.”
She’s playful and incredibly encouraging. Also, she places a heavy emphasis on paying attention to the breath, paying attention to how it felt to get into a posture. There was no expectation that you stretch or push your body beyond your limitations. In fact, the opposite—her teachings are all about bringing a gentle attitude and acceptance to how your body and mind felt in that moment.
Unlike many yoga classes which focuses heavily on forcing the body into the postures, she focusses on to develop a deeper recognition that the mind and body are interconnected and viewed yoga as part of a deeper spiritual practice. It’s rather unfortunate that mindfulness and meditation have been divorced from the physical movements of yoga practice. The ancient yogis didn’t practice yoga for the sake of exercise, but rather as a way to ready the body for sitting meditation practice.
Adriene’s youtube yoga sessions are very manageable, around 30 minutes. Each day, there’s a theme, starting with practicing ease, practicing intention and so forth. People who have been associated with Adriene’s sessions tell that she is consistent and constantly provides gentle encouragement. People noticed more strength and flexibility in the body after the sessions but perhaps more valuable is that they are much more attuned and aware.
As she perfectly says, “You don’t need a lot of time, a lot of energy, the perfect workout wear, an empty space or a sweaty high intensity practice to plug in to what matters most.
What matter’s most is that you are checking in. What matters most is that you are showing up for yourself so you can show up for others. What matters is that you KNOW yourself so that you can have the ENERGY to show up for your high intensity life.”