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– What’s up everyone? Welcome to Yoga With Adriene, I’m Adriene and this is Benji. And today we
have yoga for chefs. This is a practice that
I think will benefit many, so I hope you enjoy it. Hop into something
comfy and let’s get started. (upbeat music) All righty chef and friends, let’s begin in a
nice comfortable seat. Come on down to the ground, and if you know it’s
a little bit difficult for you to sit in this
cross legged seat comfortably, go ahead and grab
a blanket or a towel and lift the hips up,
sit on your blanket or towel so that you can
length in the spine with a little more ease. Alright, so we’re gonna start by just taking a
second to be still and land here in this moment. It’s such an awesome
thing that you’ve done, taken this time
out for yourself. So let’s ease in. We won’t get too crazy today, but I love the practice
of yoga, the tools of yoga, because I’m constantly reminded that a little goes a long way. So taking this little
bit of time for yourself is so great. Let’s take a
second to tuck the chin, relax your shoulders, and if you’re
comfortable close your eyes, or just soften your
gaze down past your nose and allow the sound of
my voice to guide you here. As you’re ready give the thinking mind a break, start to scan the body and just notice how you feel, tired, heavy, sore, tight, stressed, energized, just take a second
to do a little scan and observe,
notice how you feel. Or it could be more subtle, it could be that you soften your attention towards one thing that maybe you’ve
been really focused on. Maybe you let go of it for
the duration of this practice, just so you can be
in the present moment and tend to your body,
and tend to your breath. Start to notice your breath and begin to segue into
a more conscious breath, a more conscious
breathing pattern, just deeper, fuller inhalations and
longer exhalations. Then continue to
gently deepen the breath as you drop the
chin to your chest and slowly begin to
make circles with the nose one way, nice and slow, and then the other,
reversing it nice and slow. And as you begin to create
these circles with the nose and continue to gently
deepen your breath, see if you can keep your
shoulders relaxing down actively and your heart
lifting out actively. Taking your
circles back and forth, working out any kinks
in the neck, the traps. Again, telling our brain
as we breathe deep here and start to move the body, that we’re gonna give
the thinking mind a break and really just be
in the present moment, fill your cup. Alright, bring the
head back over the heart. See if you can align
the head over the heart and the heart
over the pelvis here. And we’ll bring
the palms together, take a deep breath in, and on the exhale go
ahead and take your fingertips forward and then down. Big stretch here in the palms, in the wrists and the forearms. Try to keep your
shoulders relaxed still, heart lifting,
take a deep breath in, stay here, long breath out,
stay here. One more cycle of
breath in and out. Nice work, Benji. Alright, bring it back up,
interlace the fingertips, press the palms forward. Again, stretching
through the palms, the wrists, the forearms, but finding a
nice deep slow breath, kind of calming
the nervous system, again, telling the body, we’re taking a
little bit of time to reset, to find what feels good. Alright, now continue
the journey up, press your palms forward
on an imaginary surface as you reach the palms all
the way up towards the sky. If the shoulders are tight,
no need to push it, just keep it nice
and at a diagonal here. Inhale, lift up
from the waistline, lift, lift, lift, lift,
and then exhale, slowly release
the fingertips down soft and easy on the neck here. Awesome, left hand
comes to the earth, right fingertips
reach up and over, side body stretch. You can pulse
here a couple times, return to the breath,
nice full conscious inhalations and long exhales, letting
go of any stress or tension. Cool. Then take the right
hand to your left kneecap, and then take
your left fingertips all the way up and
over in the other direction. Breathe deep, keep
working to ground the shoulders down away from the ears. Lift your chest,
lift your heart. Take one more breath,
inhale in. Exhale, left hand
now to the right knee, round everything forward,
chin to chest, navel draws in
towards the spine. Bow your head down we’re
getting an amazing stretch, the whole back body here
creating length in the spine. Go ahead and let the
weight of the head relax over. Sweet. Then ground down
through the lower body as you lift up
through the spine, inhale, lift the elbows, open the arms out, ah, and fingertips come
back down to the earth. Awesome. Take the
right hand to the Earth, inhale, reach the left
fingertips up and over, side stretch. Breathing deep,
finding what feels good here. Don’t really worry
so much about the shape, but the sensation, right? We only have a
little bit of time to tend to your body,
to get into the good stuff, so make it your own. Take one more breath in here, and then on an exhale bring
the left hand to the kneecap, and take the right
fingertips up and over. Opposite direction, big stretch. Let the thighs be heavy here. Shoulders relaxed. Inhale, pull the
right thumb back just a bit, and then exhale, right hand
comes to the left kneecap. Go ahead and round
everything through again. So we’re really taking the
navel back towards the spine. Big stretch through both the upper and the mid-back. And then take one
more inhale and exhale to go a little deeper, feeling that length
in the low back as well. Great, here we go, releasing.
Lifting elbows all the way up. Come all the way back
up to a seat. Awesome work. Take a deep breath in. Empty it out
through the mouth. (sighs) Alright, coming
forward on to all fours. Take your time,
move nice and slow. Benji, you’re so
sleepy today, bud. Bring the wrists right
underneath the shoulders, knees right underneath the hips. Inhale to drop the belly,
open the chest, Cow Pose. Exhale to round through,
Cat, chin to chest. Inhale, drop the belly,
open your heart forward. And exhale,
rounding through now. Take a couple
rounds on your own. Spinal flexion, getting the spine moving, nice and easy. Awesome, and then
bring the big toes together, come back to center,
bring the knees wide. Inhale in,
send your right fingertips up towards the sky,
really reach. And then exhale, you’re
gonna thread the needle, bring the right arm underneath
the bridge of the left arm, and you’re gonna come to
a rest on your right ear. Left hand can come
all the way forward, you can bend the
elbow for a deeper stretch, or you can even
take the left hand to the small of your back here. As you breathe
deep in the twist, send breath to your belly, massaging the internal organs. And then slowly bringing
it back up through center, and when you’re ready,
switching sides. Sending the left
fingertips up high. Threading the
needle as you breathe out. Coming to rest on
the left side, left ear, the left shoulder, and right
arm can, again, find extension. You can bend the
elbow for a little fulcrum or you can take the right
hand to the small of the back. Breathe here. Try to keep your feet
pressing down on the earth. Yep, you got it. Take one
more cycle of breath here. And then slowly release. Awesome work. We’re gonna come
to a Downward Dog. Walk the hands out,
upper arm bones rotate out, opening up through the chest. And then we’ll
curl the toes under and nice and
slow in your own time send the hips up high. Bringing the heart
above the head here, so good for the body, taking a second to
pedal the feet out. Make sure you’re
not holding your breath, but start to
really stretch the feet, stretch through the ankles,
the calves, the hamstrings. You can twist a little
bit from left to right. Mhmmm. Make sure
you’re not holding in the neck or gripping in the neck. Let your head hang
here for this variation, just nice smooth deep breaths as you stretch out the feet,
the ankles, the legs. Great, one more cycle
of breath here in and out. And then we’ll
slowly lower to the knees. Awesome work. We’re gonna take the
legs to one side, any side, and we’re gonna
come through to a seat. Send the legs out long. You can bend your
knees generously here or start to straighten
the legs right away. So just feel it out. Inhale and send
the fingertips up high. Exhale, think up and over, you’re gonna
reach towards your toes. Don’t even have to come close, we’re just wanting to send
some more love to the low back. So feel free, again,
to bend your knees as generously as you need, and eventually we
wanna round through, letting the weight
of the head melt down. So folding in. Listen to the
sound of your breath here. Taking a little
time to go inwards, so close your eyes. Take one more breath in. Exhale to slowly roll up. Bring the feet together,
Cobbler’s Pose. It’s okay if the hips are tight, that’s why we’re here,
checking in. You can grab the ankles
or you can take your thumbs right to your sweet feet and give yourself
a little massage. So holding onto the ankles,
sitting up nice and tall, drawing the tops
of the thighs down, or give yourself a
little foot massage. It might sound weird at first, but a little goes a long ways. So take your thumbs
to the arches of the feet and you can go to town here just stretching
through the feet. Giving yourself some love. Awesome. Then we’ll bring the
knees back up through center, walk the feet as
wide as your yoga mat, or a little bit
wider than your hips, and you’re just
gonna windshield wiper the legs one way
and then the other. And your hips and your
bum are gonna kinda scoot down and we’re just
gonna let that happen, ’cause we’re coming
onto our backs next. So we have external
rotation in one hip, internal rotation in the other, as you windshield
wiper side to side. And eventually we will come
all the way onto our backs. When you get there, go ahead and hug the
knees into the chest, more lower back love. And then kick
your left foot out, hold your right knee in, but let your left heel
hover just above the earth. Take a deep breath in. On the exhale, switch.
Bring your left knee in, send your right leg out, but let your right heel
hover just above the earth. So just welcoming
gently a little core. Switching in your
own time back and forth, seeing if you can get
the low belly to draw in, the low ribs to hug in as
you switch back and forth, just lighting up
the abdominal wall. You have the support
of the earth here, your yoga mat literally
has your back in this moment. Let’s do one more on each side. Awesome. And then allow
the feet to come to the earth, knees up towards the sky, kick the right foot up,
cross the right ankle over the top of the left thigh. Reclined Pigeon,
you’ll lift the legs up. You can interlace the fingertips
behind your left hamstring, and then start
to squeeze your legs in towards your body. This is our last
shape here on both sides, so reconnect with your breath, close your eyes,
relax your shoulders. For this last inhale, you
might straighten the left leg. Flexing the left toes
towards the face, and then slowly
release as you breathe out. We’ll switch to the other side. Right foot on the ground,
left leg kicks up. Left ankle crosses over
the top of the right thigh. When you’re ready,
thread the needle, lifting it up, interlacing
behind the right hamstring. And you can imagine pressing
your right foot into a surface, like an imaginary wall here. You can use your left elbow to create a deeper
stretch in the hip, pressing it into the left thigh. You can move around here
a little bit, breathe deep. Close your eyes. Feel your back supported here. For this last inhale, you might consider
straightening the right leg, flexing your right
toes towards your face. And then as you breathe out,
let’s unravel everything. Release everything,
send the legs out long. Inhale, reach the arms
all the way up and overhead, a final big stretch here,
full body. Spread the fingertips,
open and close the jaw. Spread the toes. And then take one
more deep breath in. And as you exhale, just bring your arms to
rest gently at your sides. Walk your ankles,
your feet out just a bit, and close your
eyes as you breathe in and relax the weight
of your body completely and fully into the mat,
into the earth as you breathe out. For a hot second here
just let everything go, a total surrender. Awesome, nice work everyone. If time allows you to be still
and relax here a bit longer, you can pause the video
and return to this position. Otherwise we’ll
bring the palms together. Thumbs right up
to the third eye. Take one final big
breath in through the nose. And out through the mouth. And we finished this practice by recognizing the light in ourselves
and each other. Thank you for what you do. Thank you for
taking time for yourself and sharing it with me and the
Yoga With Adriene community. I’ll see you next time. Namaste. (upbeat music)

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100 thoughts on “Yoga For Chefs | Yoga With Adriene

  1. Today I lovingly invite you to take a moment to see what you have in your basket.
    This means, take a moment for yourself. To yourself. Connect inward.
    What is going on right now? Are you concerning yourself with ideas of what is to be? Are you attached to the stories of your past?

  2. CANNOT wait to get this going on after some long shifts in the kitchen. Yoga for Service Workers is also a good one in those categories!!

  3. How do you know exactly what my body needed this morning??! As a server, being on my feet on hard surfaces for 8+ hours causes me to be so tight, but this was everything I needed today! <3

  4. Yoga is good for tall people. As they have back aches. As a short person in a country where giants live.. my shoulders always hurt cause everything i lift or something is above me. My worktop is as high as my chest….

  5. always appreciated adriene. I know chef's need yoga. My husband cooked for 20 years. I reminded myself to smile today. I loved all the "talking us down time" that you took at the beginning. I need that and chefs are under a constant state of stress often, they need it too. Namaste.

  6. This was great!! I haven't seen a Yoga for Photographers but that would be a video I would practice weekly for sure! Thank you Adriene!

  7. Be kind to yourself by taking a moment of stillness and allowing your mind and body to rest 😌 Thank you so much Adriene and namaste 🙏🏻✨

  8. Loved it. Perfect for what I needed today after cooking two days in a row non-stop. The Chef life is very physically demanding and Adrienne hits the spot with this session for me. It touched every part I needed to stretch! I intend to do this session at least once a day! Thank you! Chef Dulce

  9. My live-in-chef and husband is in grad school, so I help out more in the kitchen these days. It's a fun challenge for my culinary skills, creative outlet, and great opportunity to dance! This was the perfect remedy for yesterday's adventures in kitchen magic (including roasted veggies over lentils with homemade hummus, overnight oats from oat milk pulp, tea lattes with said milk, and lots of chopped fruit to freeze for last days of summer smoothies) 🙏🏼

  10. OMG YEEES! I waited so long for a video dedicated just for chefs, I've been in the industry for 3 years now, and sometimes I just can't handle the back/legs/feet pain. Thank you for this practice, it is really appreciated <3

  11. I am a chef and since I have started yoga with Adrienne, I no longer have back and body pains and I have lost 30 pounds.this has been life changing for me and todays practice felt like it was made for me, the chef! Thank you Adrienne for helping me with my life change!

  12. Hi Adriene !
    I started doing yoga in my third year of culinary school, and I've been following you ever since. Three years later, I am so grateful to have started this journey and to have you as a teacher 🙂 Yoga really has changed my life for the better, mentally and physically I feel stronger and freer. When I saw you uploaded a "Yoga for Chefs" video I honestly could not contain my excitement, I thought "OMG THAT'S FOR ME," it really means the world to me. Thank you! I truly appreciate you and your channel, I wish you all the best <3
    P.S. – you have also inspired me to become a yoga teacher after I have become a great Chef, this video solidified the goal lol, great work !!

  13. Adriene, just wanted to drop a note here to share my gratitude. I do at least one of your yoga videos every day. I started this practice when I got to my treatment center in the winter and am now 7 months sober…your videos, along with the work I'm doing toward recovery, have truly changed my inner and outer life (and it's really cool for me to observe how certain principles of yoga and recovery relate to one another). Anyway, so grateful for you, THANK YOU and have a blessed day. (oh and I also work in a kitchen now and had a horrible day at work on Sunday when this was uploaded and it helped :]) -Abby

  14. Is there any way we could see a yoga for hospice caregivers? We see so much in a day that every moment of gentleness is a blessing. Love your videos!

  15. I'm only a chef after work each night, and I am a paralegal before I get home, but this practice is PERFECT. I can't wait to do it again! Thank you!

  16. Hi there! Please read me!

    My name is Jaimi McPeek and in addition to be a huge fan, I am also a mental health survivor. You are a huge inspiration to me and in-turn, I want to be a huge inspiration to others. I am a 20 year old college student/actress/dancer who is in the process of directing and writing a film, titled Flip Of A Coin. The goal of the movie is to raise awareness of mental health by seeing through the eyes of someone with a mental disorder. It is also meant to help suicide prevention as well as letting people know that they don’t and shouldn’t have to ever suffer alone. Right now I am in the preproduction phases of my movie. I am getting the script done, but most importantly, I am trying to raise awareness for it. You can read all about my story with mental health as well as the story of Flip of a Coin at www.gofundme.com/flip-of-a-coin-film I am not asking for a lot, but I was hoping that given your large fanbase, that you could help support my vision and help it come to life. Any support would help make this life-saving project a reality. So whether you share the gofundme page on social media, help me get donations, or just say that you support it would be more than enough. We have come so far as a society in recognizing mental health, but we still have a loooong way to go. I truly want this film to save lives and break that stigma. It has taken every ounce of courage to write about my mental health due to this stigma, but now I am not going to rest until this movie is made. Thank you in advance for anything that you do!

    Also, here is a teaser trailer that I made for Flip of a Coin as well!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vR4RbGKoDKQ

    Thank you!!!~Jaimi McPeek

  17. Hi! I'm wondering if you'd be up to doing a yoga camp for the season? Fall is already about to start so that may be already too late, but maybe having a season focused yoga camp or session could be cool. Just a thought!
    I love your work! Thank you for your yoga guiding and everything you put into this ❤️

  18. I love this one and have done it every night since you released it. Thank you so much for this as it seems it is maybe a step up from gentle.

  19. For chefs … and people who sit hunched over their laptop all day! Been putting in some long hours recently, and my lower back was starting to feel really tight. This practice got right into those spots. Delicious, thanks Adriene !

  20. Hi) I am from Belarus, Russian-speaking, newbie, I saw a playlist for beginners, but there are few videos, and the rest of the videos do not suit me? using translator

  21. Dear Adriene,
    thanks so much! you made a huge a impact on me and my mental health! I am definitely recommending you to all my friends! can you make a workout specifically for dealing for hate? ♥️💕👌Tysm!!!!

  22. Thanks for this ! Sometime we chefs feel like invisible labor that no one cares , but ur video is so good to show love and caring for being a chef ! Thanks ! Feel less stress now 😀

  23. YES! Big shout-out to all the chefs and kitchen staff out there! I know how hard you work, having grown up in a chef family. My brother and his wife are both chefs (they met in the kitchen), with chef parents. When this came out, I emailed it to them and said "Your day has come!" Thanks, Adriene.

  24. I have a request for a video: yoga for farmers. Hard workers and not that flexible, so most be fun!

    I love your videos and use them daily❤️

  25. This is great! I'm not a chef but I cook a lot and take pictures of food. It definitely takes a toll on my back… Thanks for sharing this! Very useful 🙂

  26. Love this!!! 🙂 I've just started a hairdressing apprenticeship, and this video was perfect for helping relieve the back/neck pain I've been getting. Thank you!

  27. Hii. I am 26years old.and I am also trying to do some exercises. I am beginner but 26 years old is not late for yoga? What do you think?

  28. I love your videos Adriene I’m actually a line cook and I’ve been doing your other videos this to me is a sign from the universe or Gaia nothing but peace and love when I finish thank you sooooo much keep it up maybe one for construction workers next…? ❤️ ✌️

  29. Oh this is what I needed just some light stretching not too demanding and this fit right! I was sore from some recent work outs and feeling tired so light and easy is what felt so good, thank you!!

  30. As usual, a lovely flow similar to many of your others. I was hoping, just for fun, that you might integrate a little "chef language" into the mix! There are so many metaphors between cooking and doing yoga. I think you should challenge your language one day, Ms. Adriene, and give us a treat by using dramatically different words to say the same thing and see how well we can follow you. Like the end of one of your series, when you were suddenly quiet and didn't say anything and just let us follow you. That was great. Food for thought.

  31. I was not expecting that one to be so nice (given the title I was expecting it to be less meditative) ! But yet another nice one 🙂

  32. Love this! I feel like this is an amazing practice for anyone after they've been on their feet all day! 😁 💕 Thank you Adriene!

  33. Hi, I currently work in a restaurant and am training to be a chef. We work 14 plus hours a day for 5-6 days sometimes all 7. I try to push myself further by getting up at 7am to do yoga with you. Thank you for this video!

  34. Revisited this nourishing practice today. Had a bit of help from my 4-legged friend and companion. Thank you, Adriene, I love your show.

  35. I am a seamstress and I've been really needing a quick daily practice to wind down with as well as to help prevent strain. This was seriously so perfect! Thank you <3

  36. Can we just start doing a thing where you tell us what brand pants you're wearing in every video?! Love your style, lady! And the yoga, first and foremost.

  37. Thanks! When I saw the title I figured that what’s good for a chef is probably good for a high school teacher (which I am)—both on their feet a LOT! Much appreciated

  38. I thoroughly enjoyed this sequence!! I was able to crack parts of my back that have been a pain for months!!! Having my legs wide while threading my arms relieved pressure in my back thank you so much for everying you do Adrienne!!! Namaste!

  39. Can you do Yoga for Vocational Counselors? Even if you don't, I am a forever subscriber. This was a great one.

  40. This video might be for Chefs but I would say that anyone who likes yoga, gives this a try, stretching the sides of the body, the back and remembering to breathe while doing so gives me an openess in the morning and this might seem stupid, seeing Adriene being light and calm helps me on a dark wet Autumn morning in England, yep it's raining but I'm a little more prepared for the day ahead. Benji, is his usual self, crashed out which by the end of the day so will I. Thanks Adriene 🙂

  41. Oh, this one is *brilliant*!! I may have to add this routine to every night.
    Thank you so much for these videos! 💖 I re-started a regular yoga practice last month, and your videos have become my go-to source for guidance. I look forward to continuing practice with you. Namaste!

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