Yoga For Depression – Yoga With Adriene


– Hey everyone and
welcome to Yoga with Adriene. I’m Adriene and this is Benji and today we have a
yoga for depression. This is for anyone and everyone who just wants to process
whatever they’re feeling today and hopefully move the energy so it’s flowing
in a way that serves. Hop into something
comfy and let’s get started. (upbeat music) Alright my sweet friends. Let’s begin lying down. Yay. Things are already lookin’ up. Come onto your back and we’re gonna bring the
soles of the feet together and very gently
open the knees out wide. The lower back is kind
of lifted from the yoga mat. You’re gonna bring
your left hand to your heart and your right
hand to your belly. Thank you so much
for choosing this video and for joining me. I’m sending you so much love. Let’s practice here together with an open mind,
an open heart. See if we can move some of
the energy of the body around and find what feels good, yeah? Press into your head. Lift your heart. Draw the shoulders
down away from the ears. Snuggle your
shoulder blades together and then release
back onto the ground. Relax the weight of your body completely and
fully into the earth. Then close your eyes. Trust me. Trust yourself. Trust this practice. Take a moment of calm,
a moment of quiet here to notice your breath,
feel your breath, and eventually start
to listen more deeply. Then slowly but surely
begin to deepen the breath and feel the rise and
the fall of your hands as you inhale (inhaling)
and exhale (exhaling) (inhaling) (exhaling) Imagine your breath
here like waves of the ocean. Inhale. (inhaling) The wave rises and
crests and exhale, it falls. (deep breathing) Then nice and slow so we’re
calming the nervous system. Again, keep open mind,
open heart here. Nice and slow you’re
gonna open the left arm out gently to your side and then open the right
arm out gently to your side. Then nice and slow
you’re gonna inhale (inhaling) And then exhale, just
rock onto your right ear. Keep breathing. (exhaling) Listen to that ocean breath. (inhaling) So maybe you connect
to an Ujjayi breath here, creating a soft
restriction in the passage way in the back of the throat. (deep breathing) Then roll the
head back to center and rock onto the left ear. Keep breathing. (inhaling) Listening to that ocean sound. (exhaling) Inhaling. (inhaling) Relaxing the
shoulders as you exhale. (exhaling) Then inhaling. Come back to
center with the head. Bring the hands to the
outer edges of the legs and then closing nice and slow. Then press the
feet into the earth. Hug the knees into the chest and give yourself a hug. Notice what it feels
like to give yourself a hug. So there’s the stretch, but there’s also this
action of self love here. Roll a little side to side. Rock front to back. Whatever feels good. Keep breathing that full,
deep audible breath. (exhaling) You got this. You got this. (deep breathing) Great. Then you’re gonna slide the
hands to the backs of the thighs and you’re gonna
rock front and back, rocking and massaging
the length of your spine. As you’re ready, (inhaling) find a little momentum. And do it a couple times. (deep breathing) Rock all the way up to
a nice cross-legged seat. Then take the left hand
to the top of the left thigh. Swim the right
fingertips behind. Take a gentle twist. Inhale, lift and lengthen. And exhale, twist. (exhaling) Release back to center. Right hand comes to
the top of the left thigh. Same thing, inhale to
lift and exhale to twist. (exhaling) The body stores emotion, yes? They’re all tied into
one another, all of it. Just focus on the movement. You don’t need to
focus on anything else or fixing anything
or changing anything. Just focus on the sensation
of the movement and enjoy. Palms come to the knees,
create a little leverage here. As you inhale, lift your heart. (inhaling) And exhale, round
through the spine. (exhaling) Inhale, lengthen
through the spine, lift up. (inhaling) Strong exhalation as
you bring chin to chest. (exhaling) One more time,
here we go, giddy up. Inhale. (inhaling) Exhale. (exhaling) Beautiful. Inhale, lift and lengthen. Hands to heart. Anjali Mudra. Close your eyes. Continue to listen to the sound
of your breath, your spirit. Then whisper the
mantra quietly to yourself. The universe is for me
and so is everything else. Again. The universe is for me
and so is everything else. And one more time. The universe is for me and so is everything else. Great. Release the fingertips. Press the palms
forward up and back. Open the eyes. Inhale in. (inhaling) Exhale out. (exhaling) Inhale, pinkies
reach up towards the sky. Nice, slow, conscious movement. (inhaling) Then exhale, bend
the elbows, break free. (exhaling) Cactus arms. Open the chest. Beautiful. We’re gonna come
forward onto all fours now. Take your time. When you get there, drop the
elbows where the hands are. Then when you get there,
walk the knees back. Then when you get there,
inhale, look forward. Find a little playfulness here. Claw the fingertips. And then exhale,
melt your heart back. Surrender. Surrender to that
which you can’t control. Feel a nice
opening in the shoulders, a soft release in the neck. Breathe deep. You might wag your
tail a little bit here. (deep breathing) Gorgeous. Then slowly come up. Nice and slow. Move with care,
with consciousness. You’re gonna walk the
knees up towards the wrists. Curl the toes under. Excuse me, bring
the toes together, and then curl the toes under. Then we’re gonna come into
a little froggy shape here. Knees open wide. If this hands forward
variation doesn’t work for you, just make an adjustment. Bring the hands up. Breathing deep. Opening the hips. (shuffling) All sorts of
shite on my mat today. Okay. (deep breathing) Alright. Smell whatever
smells you smell here. Your armpits, your deodorant. Notice the quality of air. Stay present. Notice the thoughts that come up and then acknowledge them and then come back to the
sound of your amazing breath. (deep breathing) Then slowly we’ll come up here. Turn out so you can see me. We’re gonna come up
onto the fingertips. Then nice and slow
you’re gonna draw the knees in. Then from here,
one slow, conscious, beautiful movement, guys, Forward Fold.
Drop the heels. Forward Fold. Oh, yeah, that’s what’s up. Uttanasana. (deep breathing) So if things have
been a little frantic or stressful or blue, if you’ve been
carrying around any weight that you know is
just not helping you out, it’s not helping you
move forward or evolve or it’s not allowing you to
really be present with what is, just imagine it, close your
eyes here in this Forward Fold and just imagine it
spilling off your back. Whatever you’re
carrying on your back, just imagine it releasing here. (exhaling) Then tuck your chin. When you’re ready,
slowly roll it up. Then feel your feet
really press into the earth here as you stack up
through the spine. Then really
hold your heart high. Hold your head high. Just let the
body respond to that. Then open your heart even more, whatever that means to you. Open your mind, choose to. Then let your
body respond to that. Bring the hands to the waistline and take a nice power pose here. Inhale, lots of love in. (inhaling) Exhale, lots of love out. (exhaling) Inhale, bend the knees. Exhale, jump the feet out wide. Jump. (grunting) Then turn the two big toes in, or turn your feet in just a bit. Press into the
outer edges of your feet. Then swim the fingertips around. Smile a little bit as you interlace your
fingertips behind your back and then draw the
knuckles down and away and open your
heart and your mind. Lift your heart and your head. When you’re ready,
take it forward. My favorite and
most therapeutic pose, Standing
Wide-Legged Forward Fold. Your choice, my friend, to keep the fingertips
reaching up towards the sky or maybe you release the arms
and bring them to the earth. I’d like for you to ask
yourself what feels good here. You might take a twist,
inhaling one arm up. Then the other arm. You might take a head stand
here if that’s in your practice. You might find stillness and
allow the breath to move you. (inhaling) You might be
working towards one day bringing the crown of
the head to the earth. (exhaling) Move slow and
move with your breath. Trust yourself. Surprise yourself. (inhaling) Keep the foundation strong. So feet nice and strong,
not gripping in the toes. Arches of the feet lifting. Inner thighs engage. Then really make
it your own here. Move slow and mindful. We’re here for a
couple more breaths exploring. (inhaling) Again, letting the breath or
your spirit guide you here. (exhaling) Think about
(chuckling) what I just said. Let your spirit guide you. There’s this trust and this
listening that has to happen in order for that to be a truth. (deep breathing) Awesome work. Make your way back up. Take your time. Move from a place of connect. Maybe hands come
to the waistline. We are gonna hop the feet
in just as a little reset. When your feet land, I want you to think of something
that you’re grateful for. Okay? We’re jumping the feet together and we’re jumping into gratitude as a way of transitioning out
of feeling blue, depressed. Getting the mind to
be a little bit clear or a little more clear. Hopefully you felt a
good rinse, a good flush, after you rolled up. Here we go. Inhale, lift your heart,
lift your head, bend the knees. Exhale, jump into gratitude. (exhaling) A very humbling jump, as well. Bring the feet
together, really together and close your eyes. Bring your hands to your heart. (exhaling) Alright. Mountain Pose. Think of something
that you’re grateful for. And when you have it,
take a deep breath in and then think of something
else that you’re grateful for. It could be
anything, guys, anything. Don’t judge it. It could be materialistic,
it could be a blue sky, it can be anything. Take a deep breath in. (inhaling) Then exhale and then
think of something else you’re grateful for. (exhaling) Then one more time. Inhale.
(inhaling) Exhale, release.
(exhaling) Inhale, think of one more thing. Inhale. Exhale, out through the mouth. (exhaling) Just in case you didn’t do it, inhale in through the nose. (inhaling) Come on now.
Exhale out through the mouth. (exhaling) Inhale, thumbs
to third eye point. Thank you for sharing your time, your energy, and your truth. We bow. Namaste. (upbeat music)

100 comments

  1. I wanted to say that this morning I was looking at my phone feeling so alone and wishing that someone would call or text, got a notification email and thought it was just some sale advertisement, but it was yours. It may sound stupid but with you and your wonderful spirit I do not feel so lonely, and I feel very special after this practice. This really brought me out of a dark place tonight. I hope you know how much of a blessing these free yoga videos are and how you've really changed my life for the better through your channel. I love you Adriene!

  2. Wow did not expect to feel so at peace after I was crying throughout the video – I've been going through a lot lately with some toxic family members and this really helped! Thank you!!

  3. Woke up feeling really sad and angry this morning. Thank you for this practice, small things like the rolling back and forth and hops really helped get some of that energy out. Thank you

  4. Thank you. It's been a long time since I've watched your yoga videos but after struggling with intense situational depression which has led to such extreme anxiety and fear for the past 5 months I finally took the time to watch this. While I've been trying to practice gratitude lately I feel myself being so numb and disconnected every time. When you mentioned the gratitude section it was the first time I've felt such intense emotions while practicing gratitude. I'm going to try continue with regular yoga going forward as I think it will be so helpful for me to try get out of this horrible mental place I am in.

  5. I cried throughout this practice, but it did help me become more aware of why, and that it's ok to just let it out, even if you cry all over your mat haha. Thankyou Adriene, I needed this practice more than you can know. Thankyou ❤️

  6. Hi Adriene! Yesterday, I had so much tension in my neck and shoulders. SO much. It was incredibly painful and I knew it was coming from stress. It led me to another video of yours for upper neck and shoulder pain relief, which really helped. Then this morning I still woke up in a funk, trying to brush off yesterday and start fresh was difficult, so I turned this video on and realized that there are similar energy movements from the one in your upper neck and shoulder pain relief. And I began to see even more clearly how the body and spirit are connected. While I found physical healing with your videos yesterday, today I found emotional healing, just by resetting the intention. Thank you for reminding us all that we have the power to heal ourselves, we just need to take the time to listen, move, and breathe.

  7. Thank you very much for this video. I am suffering from severe depression, and this short video helped. I was overwhelmed by the recent experience of hearing hurtful comments from people around me, but at the end of the video, I was able to forgive them.

  8. This practice is so humbling. I didn't expect to almost cry once I finished, but it felt so good to just release everything!

  9. Thank you, just thank you. You were and – I know for sure – many times will be one of the three things and beings I take time to be extra grateful for each day. You make a difference to my days, even on the darkest ones, Adriene.

  10. Assuming that depression can be cured with yoga or any kind of exercise is like assuming that not getting vaccinated makes you more healthy. You can belive that it's true but you will die anyway.

  11. I have been struggling with PTSD, depression, and general anxiety from abuse, for years. I recently decided to try losing weight (dieting and working out.) I first stumbled upon your 5 minute after workout video to stretch after working out. I kept finding more and more of your yoga videos, and I keep using more of them every day in my new routine. Your videos have helped me in more ways than I can explain. In motivation for my workouts and dieting, staying healthy. Motivation for living even. You have helped my anxiety tremendously as well. I think I can confidently say that I am hooked to your yoga class for life. Thank you so much! Please never stop doing what you do! <3

  12. Glad you are doing this Adriene. Depression and anxiety are the leading causes of disability worldwide. 1 in 5 adults and 1 in 5 children/youth.There are so many people who are unable to access the help they need, yet, psychotherapy and medication alone or in combination have limited results anyway. The body has its own intelligence. Yoga helps create awareness of that mind/body connection. With your yogi language, you bring that mind/body connection to light. Your ideas for yoga postures and the tidbits you give with underlying spiritual components are powerful. I especially love how you emphasize the breath so we don't forget.

  13. I’m sure you have no Idea what depression is cause I’m sure you have never been through depression.. and these yoga can do nothing for depression

  14. Today was day 1 of power, but I couldn't even get pass the first ten minutes, so I came here, and I feel like I can't do this either. I feel so dumb, so disappointed in myself. I can't even do something that's Gonna help me feel better.

  15. These are the most encouraging and beautiful comments online right now, I swear! You’re the best, adriene! & your following! Thank you so much 💜

  16. ok it’s simple, I come here because Adrianne you are the best. You’re so kind and practices always on point ☺️😌💯

  17. This seems like it would really have its benefits . I have been feeling dark and cloudy . The sun shines through my windows but I do not see the light. I am a stay at home mom of 3 and I’m sorry but there is no way I have the piece of mind to do this 😞

  18. Hey, Adriene, I like your video and the way you share yoga. I'm also a yoga teacher, living in Shanghai. my idea, for depression, back bends would be really helpful. Strong, powerful and helpful. Namaste!

  19. I've watched and loved your channel for years and every time I need something from it you've miraculously already made sure it's waiting for me. Thank you!

  20. I sought this yoga session out as I received sad news the other day there and my mood has been very low since, so thank you for helping me with this emotion, xx

  21. I just wanna let you know I cried three times during this, and when you said to think of something I'm grateful for I just started listing everything I could think of and just started to cry because today was such a struggle and sometimes I forget to look around and realize what I have. As i'm typing this tears are falling, and i'm just a mess but this little bit of breathing and stretching and gratitude helped a lot thank you so much Adrienne you have such a beautiful soul and such a kind spirit. <3

  22. Thank you for making yoga for every possible mood. I've been really going through it lately and I randomly thought could she possibly have a video for depression and boom your a life saver

  23. Iam struggling singer..right now…*mujhe kaafi time se depression hai.. mujhe kabhi logo ne support nhi kiya last 5 years se gaane ki practice kartaa hoo din raat bu koi pasand nhi krtaa humara gana.. but aapko mae ek baat batana chahunga mae khud ek physiotherapist hoo.. lakin Depression common hota jaa rha h mujhe… i take medicine and do exercises daily but koi benefit nhi mila.

  24. I was surprised when you mentioned emotions being stored in the body. I had been thinking much the same for the past year, which has been very difficult and painful for me. I'd been trying to get my emotions out of my body through unsafe means but hadn't considered yoga until now, but it makes sense. I think I'm starting to understand why people go on and on about it.

  25. Hi…I'm from Barbados. Your practice came up on my feed this morning. I knew it was meant for me when you mentioned the 'shite' on your mat. Hope I heard right ….it made me laugh…such a Barbadian word derived from Irish indentured servants. Enjoyed and will continue to use. Thanks.

  26. Thank you for this, my sons teething and ive not had any decent sleep in days, stress leavels were threw the roof, i needed this a lot today, feel much more ready to take on the day now

  27. I never thought of doing yoga cause I thought I'd look stupid doing it, then a friend suggested I have to do it cause well. Ya know. Might try it out.

  28. I cried my way through this day of yoga, and it was hard, but I still feel grateful for the help. The universe is for me. And so is everything else. I don't believe it 100% yet, but I will keep saying it until I do. Namaste, I love you 💮❤️

  29. Struggling a lot with how I treated myself in the past….this video is just what I needed to help myself move forward. Thank you Adriene ❤

  30. I've been searching here in youtube on how to treat my depression and your video caught my attention because I am not doing yoga, but I tried it for me to know if its good and effective and It surprised me because after I did this yoga I feel okay and it really help me a lot. Thankyou for this video I did not hesitate clicking the subscription button because you're great and you deserve another follower.
    💛

  31. Thanks you so much. Was my first time doing yoga and I feel so free know. I felt really alone, bad and empty this morning so I decided to try yoga as one of my friends mentioned. You made me happy and you are such a sweet young lady. Keep up the good work Adriene 🥰

  32. I only started doing yoga and workout now that I know I need self improvement physically, mentally and emotionally. I've been feeling so blue so I decided to try this video. I cried when you said I should just let all my worries go. This helped a lot. Thanks Adrienne for sharing with us your wonderful and amazing talent.

  33. Thank you. Life is really, really hard right now. I cried through the entire video. I don't know how I'm going to make it through tomorrow or even today, but you are a ray of sunshine and your reminders to be grateful hit home. The universe is for me, and so is everything else.

  34. I've been having a very difficult month and the only thing that ever gets me through these rough patches in life are your yoga videos. I've been doing yoga with you since 2016 and you have no idea what they mean to me. They've helped me through a deployment, leaving my family, and nights I thought would be my last.
    Thank you for what you do. 🌻

  35. Depression robs you of your mind, energy, and soul. You cant fathom feeling joy as youve lived years without it. You have no emotion , dont look forward to anything. You feel in a hole youll never escape from. For tho. se who feel alone, others understand . Your dreams are out of reach. Youre hopeless.

  36. Thank you so much for this practice!! I’ve done it a couple of times now and it feels so soothing. I’m very grateful for your videos!

  37. Hi, Adriene, thank you for taking the time and energy to help me find gratitude and reconnect with the breath. I'm grateful for you and your kind spirit.

  38. I woke up feeling fine and the day just got worse and worse.. I just cried 5 minutes ago at nothing. I’m on my period btw

    Usually I just get some cramps but for some reason I have every symptom this month. 🙄

  39. I love yoga with Adriene. I moved from Hawaii, where I had a wonderful life to a remote town with less than wonderful atmosphere. I was feeling so blue, but thanks to Adriene I can now focus on things with gratitude. Thank you, Adriene!

  40. This was perfect. Practice was gentle enough that I could get on the mat even today and still be able to breathe while having a cleansing cry. Thank you

  41. Dear Adriene and Bengie, you may not imagine the way your videos have influenced my life. At first it helped me to overcome insomnia which is actually a very important issue. I could not sleep for months while studying and working at three jobs. I swear, I am not able to sleep if I don't watch your yoga videos. Now, I am going through some rough time of my life and again your videos are such a blessing. I literally cried in the last seconds of the video. Thank you very much for the quality of your yoga classes, I listen to each and every word you say and they are really touching me. I wish you all the best, and again thank you very much. Your videos indeed have huge impact on my current routine.

  42. I laughed sincerely during this practice and that was really important to me today. Thank you for reminding me what I am grateful for Adriene, I am very grateful for you 🙂❤🌈

  43. Just you saying "things are looking up" already makes me feel so happy and safe ☺️☺️☺️☺️☺️😊😊😊😌😌😌😌 , thank you so much . I love you so much , you're and incredible person !!!! 😘😘😘😘😘😘😘😘😘😘😘😘

  44. This is absolutely phenomenal I love this so much it helps me relax and enjoy the life I have, I tried this a while ago but only just come to realise how much it helps me I'm now gonna start using this every day thanks Adriene

  45. thank you dear. have taken paracetamol for toothache. think seroxat anti-depressants may cause tooth decay. GSK, please address – thank you.

  46. This has had a profound effect on me today and I thank you so much for that. You really are a wonderful, kind human. When you asked to think of something to be grateful for at the end I almost just continually said you and your videos!

  47. Let your spirit guide you' was sooo powerful for me. Just letting my positive, childlike subconscious take over from my blue consciousness that seems so controlling these past few weeks.

  48. I did this today because I am depressed right now and this was so invigorating. TY once again Adriene … I am grateful for you and Benji <3 xoxo

  49. You keep messing with me, Adriene. I’m sitting on the toilet (my yoga seat of choice) about to watch this video all depressed. Then I reminded myself of what you taught me yesterday, sat there and said once, “I am worthy of love, I am love”. Then I felt too good to watch this video and instantly reminded myself that, “I am NOT worthy of love, I am NOT love,” so I could get in the right mindset for this video.

  50. Heey Adriene , thank you so much for every thing you do for us , i love u , you are the most beautiful soul in the world , i feel great after those 15 min, much love ❤❤❤

  51. I have only dabbled in yoga here or there. Had a more depressing day for no reason and just felt like I wanted to do yoga and at least move my body. I started this and sobbed through it. But this was definitely what I needed! Thanks for making this. 💖

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