Yoga to Calm Your Nerves

Yoga to Calm Your Nerves

– Hello, everyone.
Welcome to Yoga With Adriene. I’m Adriene, and today,
we have a yoga practice to calm your nerves. This is a great thing to do
if you wanna check yo’self before you wreck yo’self
using the powerful tools of yoga and breath,
pranayama, to just quell those frayed nerves
and to turn it around. Let’s see what we can do,
hop on something comfy, and let’s get started. (upbeat music) Alrighty, my sweet friends. Let’s start in a nice
comfortable seat of your choice. Take a second to get settled in. As you just arrive
here on your mat, begin to find a
little lift in your heart. When the nervous
system is a little shot and we’re starting
to feel the imbalance of our inner calm, this is
the first thing to collapse. So right away,
just a gentle lift. I like the metaphor of
just starting to welcome a little support
from within too. So just sit up nice and
tall, nice and slow. No need to push
or rush anything here. Just lift your heart as
you begin to settle in for your practice. I bow to you. I commend you
for choosing this video, for taking a little bit
of time out of your busy, busy, busy life
to tend to yourself and your inner ecosystem. So namaste, props to you. Let’s do this thing. Sit up nice and tall. We’re gonna start
with a little pranayama, a little series of breath
practice that will support us and help us smooth out
those frayed nerves. Nice and easy to start,
let’s take a deep breath in through the nose. As you exhale, try to
relax your shoulders. And again, deep breath in. Exhale, relax your
shoulders even more. One more time, inhale deeply. Exhale, relax your shoulders. Sweet. Keep trying to find a
little lift in the heart. Again, you don’t
have to push anything, you don’t have
to force anything, just start to work on
finding a little lift. We’ll take the index
finger and the thumb today, keeping it nice and simple. Nadi Shodhana,
alternate nostril breathing. Take the thumb
to the right nostril. Let’s do this together. Deep breath in
through the left nostril. Pause, hold,
retain the breath at the top. Keep your heart lifted. Then take the right index
finger, your index finger to the left nostril,
and then exhale out through the right nostril. Benji’s doing it too. Inhale deeply in
through the right nostril. Pause, retain the
breath at the top. Seal the right nostril, switch, and big exhale, release out
through the left nostril. Let’s keep it going. Inhale deeply, left nostril. Lift your heart, pause,
retain the breath at the top. Seal and switch. Exhale, right nostril. Inhale right. Pause, retain at the top. Maybe close your eyes now. Keep the heart lifted. Seal and switch. Exhale out through the left. Two more rounds, let’s do this. Inhale left. Pause, retain at the top. Seal and switch. Exhale right. Inhale right. Pause, retain at the top. Seal and switch. Exhale left. Inhale left. Pause at the top. Seal and switch. Exhale right. Inhale right. Retain. Seal and switch. Exhale left. Release the hand. Allow the palms
to just rest gently on the tops of the
knees or the thighs, whatever feels good,
and here we go. Deep breath in
through both nostrils. And exhale out
through the nostrils. Just notice if you
feel any different. Notice how you feel. That’s the most important thing, the most important task. The most important and
valuable opportunity here is to keep checking in,
keep noticing how you feel. Hands are gonna
come to the belly now. Inhale deeply in
through the nostrils. See if you can really
feel a little expansion in the belly as you breathe in, and then exhale, let it go. So we’re growing
this belly breath here. No rush, but inhale. See, again, explore if you
can find a little expansion in the belly as you
breathe in and exhale, navel draws in as
you breathe out. If you’re feeling like tapping
into that creative energy, super powerful energy
for clearing space and quelling frayed nerves, imagine
the breath traveling in through the nose as you breathe in, going all the way
down into the belly, it does an Olympic somersault
and then comes all the way up and back out through the nose. So often, we think of a
big breath as coming up and down as you breathe out,
but this is the opposite. So we’re inhaling
down into the belly, find expansion. You should feel that
expansion in your hands, and then exhale, comes
out, up and out the nose. This belly breath, or we also
call this balloon breath, or you might also know it
as diaphragmatic breathing, is super powerful, and
we’re gonna do three. Here we go. Big inhale. Exhale, navel draws in. Feel it out. Bring the breath. Inhale, find expansion. Exhale. One more time, big breath. Exhale. Awesome. Draw your
hands to your heart. Keep the heart lifting. Awesome work. Continue to breathe
slowly, evenly, mindfully. Gently come
forward onto all fours. Take your time. When you arrive, bring the
knees as wide as your yoga mat, big toes to touch. We’ll thread the needle. It’s funny, I have some
friends in the cool that always tease me
because I thread the needle, I get it backwards, but you
know what I’m talking about. I love it. Lift the heart,
and thread the needle. This is the thread,
going through the needle. Right arm underneath the
bridge of the left arm here. Pelvis rocks up and we
start to use the breath to feel expansion
again in the belly. We start to let go of any
tension in the upper back body, in the neck,
and if you need more, you can press that left
elbow up towards the sky, or you can even take the
left fingertips forward. Maybe left hand to the
small of the back too, would be nice. Big breath in. Exhale, release,
come back to center. Take it to the other side. Left fingertips in and
underneath the bridge of the right arm. This is so good for you,
breathe deep, this time that
you’re taking for yourself. A lot of times, we think
we don’t have the time, but we actually save time
and make our quality of life so much more
rich and beneficial, slowly release and
come back to center, just by taking
this time for ourself. Now turn the fingertips
in towards your body. So you’re gonna
externally rotate, turn the fingertips
in towards your body, and then take a second here to
find that lift in the heart. Inhale, look forward. Stay here, breathe deep. One more breath. Feel that long puppy belly here, stretching, stretching,
stretching, and then slowly release. Lift your heart
a little bit to come out, extended Child’s Pose. Fingertips go forward,
heart melts down and back. Continue to observe the breath, deepening the breath, elongating the breath, connecting to
yourself via the breath. The mind and body respond
so well to this conscious, conscious breath. It’s like a magic elixir for those moments where
you’re feeling nervous, anxious. Press into your hands, your
feet, to come all the way up. Walk the knees
underneath the hips, and then we’ll send it
to Downward Facing Dog, nice and slow. Beginning to lift the
heart above the head, little inversion here,
relaxing the head and the neck so you’re not
holding or clenching, and then take your
dog on a little walk. So pedal the feet,
stay connected, hands to earth. Please, continue
to breathe deeply. Awesome. Then we’re just gonna meet
hands and feet in the middle of your mat, feed hip width
apart, for a nice forward fold with the knees bent. We really wanna try to bring
the belly or the ribcage to the tops of the thighs here, so bend your knees as much
as you need to do that, and then once again, relax
the weight of the head over. Now belly breath. See if you can really send
some solid loving breath into the belly, the diaphragm. Expanding, you should
feel your ribs, your belly on the tops of your
thighs as you breathe in. Then try to keep the shoulders
relaxed as you breathe out just as we did at the
beginning of this practice. Couple more breaths here. Close your eyes if
you’re feeling brave. Root into all
four corners of the feet, and trust the healing
benefits of this mind and body practice, using
the breath with the asana to find what feels good. Great. Fingertips come to the earth. We’ll loop the shoulders. Just find a little
awareness in your shoulders, and nice and slow,
roll it all the way up. Find that lift in
the heart once again, toes pointing forward, and just feel your
feet on the earth. Whatever kind of
surface you’re on, just feel that connection. Remember that you are not alone. ♫ You are not alone ♫ I am here with you How many times have
I sang that on this show? It sounds kind of cheesy,
but I think it’s important. Sometimes when you feel like
you wanna rip your hair out, it’s a good reminder,
just be like, “You’re not alone. “You’re not the only one
that has these feelings.” It’s all good. For me, a lot of times in yoga,
when I come to Mountain, I just try not to
take that for granted. Feel my feet on the
earth, this connection. I’m lucky to have this
moment, have my breath, my body, to be able to
feel that connection. Then when you’re ready,
inhale, reach the arms all the way up and overhead. Spread the fingertips,
continue to feel your feet on the earth. If you wanna bend
your knees a little bit to help with that, you can. I’m just gonna take a big,
big, big full body stretch, big power pose. Notice if you’re clenching
in the shoulders, and use an exhale to
relax the shoulders down. Inhale in, exhale, relax ’em down. Take it over to
one side, any side, just side body stretch here. Inhale, lifting up
through the heart. Still maintain that open
heart, and then back to center. Take it to the other side,
stretching, feeling good. Inhale and exhale, release. Now rain it down,
interlace the fingertips behind. You can also take
a reverse namaste here or grab the elbows. Open the chest. Inhale in, exhale, gently
turning the head to one side. Inhale, back to center,
and to the other side. Great. Come back to center. Shake the head yes,
slowly nodding. Nodding. Then release. Take one arm over
and across the chest. See if you can find that
lift in the heart here. So you might remember this
stretch from gym class or something, but see if you
can bring your yogi mind to it. Root down through the
heels and lift your heart up. Great. Then take it around,
same fingertips that you had across the body, bring
them behind, opening up through the chest, the heart. Maybe slight backbend
here if you really wanna go for the gold. Inhale in and exhale,
relax the shoulders down. This is a technique that you
can use off your mat, too. It’s called inhale in, exhale,
relax your shoulders down. Very fancy. We’ll do the same little
diddy on the other side. You come into this stretch,
you know this stretch. It feels so good. So then can you connect
to the big picture? Root down through the
heels, lift up through that center plumb line,
lift your heart. Breathe deep,
mindful breaths here. It’s starting to wash the
worries away, slowly but surely. Take it up and back. I’m really, really lifting
up through the heart here. Again, maybe I can take a
nice lovely little move here. Take the head into the hand
here, the neck into the hand, the nape of the
neck into the hand. Inhale and exhale,
relax the shoulders down. Awesome. Hands come to the waistline. We take a deep breath in. This time,
out through the mouth. Do it again. Inhale in. Exhale out through the mouth. Why are you being shy? One more time. If I can do it on YouTube, you
can do it wherever you’re at. Here we go. Sweet. Heel toe, heel toe
the feet super wide. We’re gonna take
the two big toes in as opposed to
the three big toes. Take the two big toes in,
nice wide-legged stance. Really press into the
outer edges of the feet and then see if you can draw
energy up from the arches so we’re engaging
through the inner thighs. It’s as if someone were
tugging up through that center channel, sort
of finding that lift up through the
pelvic floor, the groin, almost as if we were trying
to bring the two edges of the mat together. We’re not just
dumping into the feet. There’s this real
energetic pull up though the center channel. Here we are. Deep breath in, exhale,
relax the shoulders down. Keep that lift in the heart. Inhaling again, and exhale. We’re gonna send the hips
back, the heart forward. Press into the
outer edges of the feet, hips back, heart forward. Hips back, heart forward. Start to tuck the
chin into the chest. Find a nice long flat back here, strong in the legs. Careful you’re not locking
out through the knees here, so lots of engagement. Take one more breath.
You got this. Exhale all the way down. Fingertips come to the mat here. Maybe that’s it, and if
they don’t quite get there, you can use a chair here. You can use blocks, books, children, a child there. (giggles) If you’re feeling like you
can go a little further, or you’re wanting
to know where, maybe, this practice can grow, we’ll
bring the hands to the earth, inhale, and then maybe
one day on an exhale, we start to walk
the hands back in line with the arches of the
feet, standing wide-legged, forward fold. Maybe one day, the crown of
the head comes onto the earth, really great for
the nervous system. Just keeping this
awareness in the shoulders, whatever variation you’re
on, keeping that awareness in the shoulders
that we’ve slowly built throughout our practice. Elbows are in line with
the shoulders if you’re in this variation. I’m not putting much weight,
if at all any weight, on my head. If you have an inversion
practice, this is a great place to start for that
tripod headstand, bringing the knees to the
arms and making your way up. Be super mindful
wherever you are. Let’s take three
breaths in together. In and out. In and out. Take one more deep breath in, long breath out. Connect to your feet,
connect to that energy, those lines of energy drawing
up through the inner thighs, and slowly, we’ll
make our way back, connecting to
your center, your core, finding a soft bend in
the knees as you bring the hands back to the waistline. Inhale, lengthen, and
then exhale, root to rise. Come all the way up. Ha. Reaching fingertips
behind one more time, opposite thumb on
top than you did before, so it’s the weird way,
the different way. Knuckles draw down and
away as we open the chest. Quietly whisper the mantra
to yourself, “I am open.” I am open to solutions. I’m open to new
ways of thinking. I’m open to natural remedies. I’m open to a fresh start. Inhale in, lift your heart, and exhale, release. Hands come
back to the waistline. You can bend the
knees and hop it together or heel toe, heel toe,
heel toe back together. Lift the right knee up. When you arrive, cross the
right ankle over the left thigh. If you’re working on
balance and stability, just stay here. If you need a little more,
you’ll bring the hands to the heart, and this felt
really yummy for the hip here before. This is the last thing
we’re doing too, before you walk off your
mat and go rock your day or rock your night. If you can come here,
opening up through that hip, or if you need a
little more, you’ll bring the fingertips all the
way down to the ground. If there’s an arm
balance in your practice, maybe you work on that here. That video to come. If there’s a toe
stand in your practice, maybe you work on that here. If even the thought of
these frustrates you, you need to let that go and
accept where you are today. Just know that all is
good and I got your back. We have all the time in the
world to grow our practice. Just focus on the journey
and enjoy the moment. If you’re down low, start
to make your way back up. Once again, lifting up
through the heart, releasing the
right leg to the ground, deep breath in. Exhale, relax your shoulders. Other side. You could just be here working
on top of the left thigh, rolling out,
dropping the pelvis, lengthening the tailbone, head over heart,
heart over pelvis. For a deeper stretch in the
hip, we’ll bring the palms together at the heart. Namaste, and start to play here. Lots of brightness
in this left foot, lots of energy is what I mean. So it’s not soft, but
there’s lots of awareness. Same thing, if you wanna
go a little deeper, you can take
hands to the ground. If there’s an arm balance here, it’ll be palms on the ground. We start to create a little
shelf for the left shin, left leg. Maybe it’s a toe stand
for all you Bikram babies, and if you’re down low, take
one more big, big breath down there. Then use your exhale to come up. Everyone, inhale in, lift
your heart, and exhale, release the left leg down. Drop the hands, inhale. Lift, lift, lift up
through the heart. Exhale, relax your
shoulders down. Two more, inhale. Squeeze and lift. Exhale, let it go. Last one, surprise yourself. Inhale. Palms together. Take a second
to close your eyes. Gently bow your
head to your hands. Namaste. Gently lift the chin, bat the eyelashes open. Awesome work. (upbeat music)

100 Replies to “Yoga to Calm Your Nerves”

  1. Indian yoga administer universe in giving health, wealth and mainly peace… Sister wonderful explanation with calm voice and cool mind.

  2. Finally managed to get all the way down to the toe balance practice near the end, can't stand up out of it though! Still more to practice! Sincerely, thank you for this particular series, it's helping me through a difficult time in my life.

  3. I love when you know when I’m frustrated and you tell me not to be… psychic yoga for the win 😂 🙏

  4. Thank you Adriene! I was feeling so sad and anxious the whole day and decided to yoga before going to sleep, after this I feel energized. I’m really grateful for your videos you are amazing ❤️

  5. This practice made me realize that we often get overwhelmed when we're nervous or anxious. And we go looking elsewhere for solutions but we have the best remedy for feeling this way and it's our breath. Our breath is so incredible at calming us and ridding our minds of the monkey thoughts; leaving behind that which really matters. Thank you A <3

  6. I have my annual performance review today, which I wouldn’t normally be worried about, however I’m also in line for a career advancement so the pressure is on more than it would be. So thank you ☺️ I needed this today 💖

  7. Well I feel calm and stretched – despite doing this practice with a guy preparing a door behind me for painting (including using a power sander – when I was unable to hear your voice!). The power of yoga! Thank you Adriene xx Namaste 💟💟

  8. Begin to breathe, begin to open your mind, and begin to connect with your heart 💗 Thank you so much Adriene and namaste 🙏🏻✨

  9. So, I loved that one so very much! My arms were sore from a workout yesterday so the arm stretches were brilliant! The affirmations were spot on too! Oh and when holding the folded leg over and watching you do the fingers to the earth thing I cringed, then you said something about letting that go and I tried it and guess what? I did it, no prob! I then went for the crouch and laughed at myself and relished in the fingers to earth! Hahaha! Thank you so much Day 9 #ywaEXPLORE (Day 39 of daily yoga) ~Namaste

  10. I always wonder how you manage to ALWAYS hit the nail right on the head with these practices! I'm following the October Calendar and I really needed something like this today 💕

  11. Also, shout out to the people who, like me, couldn't help but tear up a little during this practice ✊🏽

  12. Thank you, I didn't know how much I need this. In new city, suppose to work on my PhD thesis, stressing like a crazy… thank you so much, I'm feeling so much better now 🙂

  13. Jai Namaste sweetie. Yeah my body needed this today and I feel fantastic, thank you. You learn something new every day and I learned from you today, "Two big toes, as appose to three" 🤔You're a joy😂 🤗


    The needle stretch felt extra lovely on the shoulders today, definitely needed it. Awesome!



  15. The last ten days have been wrought with high stakes challenges, emotional turmoil, brutal physical pain, and life altering decision after life altering decision. To say I am frayed would be a vast understatement of fact. YWA has help me to find the ground and today, I really needed the breath with movements to put me back into my body. Thank you, Adriene. Love your show.

  16. I started feeling like I could handle a practice today since I cam down with the flu and I decide to do this one I missed, I did it and I feel great now just a little weak but this practice wasn't strenuous at all so thank you Adriene for this one and Namaste Everyone 💕💞💓💗💖❤🙏

  17. I really needed this. I'm pressed for time this morning, but I plan on taking longer stretches when I do this again. I wanted to stay threaded all day 🙏 Thank you

  18. Hi Adriene.In the comment section I have always seen people saying that after a yoga session there was an upsurge of wanting to cry or laugh.I never thought that would happen with me but it did today and I am grateful to you.I cried & laughed which felt good.Thank You🌸

  19. Today is the day! I practiced and practiced and finally was able to put my head on the mat! Very excited and proud of myself.

  20. Thank you Adriene! I got ill and 'fell off the yoga wagon' for two days. After missing only two days, my back was in so much pain. I woke up nauseous, but today's session made me feel alive agin. Thank you!

  21. I was upset and very tired. Work doesn't go the way I've wished. Coming home I was looking for something curing. I FOUND IT IN YOUR COURSE. ❤🙏🙏🙏😂🙏

  22. Got quite triggered by someone I didn't expect to talk to again, randomly showing up all in my face wipes boogers aggressively and gets my booty up to do this

  23. My laptop crashed and I've spent a good few days stressed out over what to do. Finally got what I needed done but still couldn't get rid of the anxiety. This helped a lot. Thank you!

  24. Oh Adriene, I couldn't just thank you enough for doing this Youtube channel. For the last 4 years, it is my place to go when I'm feeling down, and it helped me to cope with lots of difficulties in my personal and professional life. Today I had a headache and lots of self-doubts. But I came to watch this video and feel just so much better! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  25. It was not as easy to accomplish as i supposed, but it has cleaned the mind and release the heart! thanks for all hard work you do for millions people around the world! Gratefully, Tatiana. Russia

  26. i've been sick and my heart rate has been through the roof because of that and anxiety. i've been doing calming breathing but this really helped me relax just now. thank you so much. here's to a lovely night's rest and feeling calm all night. i saved this video because i know i'll refer back to it all the time. 💜

  27. I felt… "Slippery" today. My feet and mind were didn't seem to anchor, but that's okay. Tomorrow's another day. 💙

  28. Well I quit my job today and that was incredibly upsetting… So you could definitely say my nerves needed to be calmed! My husband suggested I do some yoga to calm myself down and this is what I did. Thank you so much for being there to support me. It is SO appreciated!

  29. Wow! I enjoyed the whole practice, but the wide standing forward fall was the real game changer for me… I really feel more relaxed. Thanks for helping me to soothe my anxiety in a very nstressing period of my life

  30. A little dose of Adriene is just what my self-inflicted mental wounds needed today. Thank you for your unconditional grace 💕

  31. Did this one after watching a stressful Flyers game (they pulled it out in ot) this made me feel better. Thank you team YWA 🙏🧘🏻‍♂️

  32. Loved the pranayama and asana here, but the Michael Jackson and Bikram references were triggering. Holding space in my heart for anyone else who may have experienced a similarly upsetting response. <3

  33. KISS – day 54/365:
    Another switch! This practise was calling to me today. I’m very exhausted after a looooong day. Namaste and good night everyone.🧘🏼‍♀️💕🌛

  34. This was an extraordinary practice. Wao, it really calmed me down. It will be a for sure to go video when the nerves go up! GRACIAS Adriene and team!!

  35. It really works! I was really upset, when I started the practice and at the end of it I really've felt calm. Thank you!

  36. I woke up feeling depressed but after this practice I feel so much better, uplifted, optimistic, peacefull ❤

  37. This awesome lesson in breath control really shows the power of yoga. Day 26 of KISS, leaves me feeling a calm serenity. I use these techniques if I cannot sleep …. sooooo good 🧘🏼‍♀️🧘🏻‍♀️🙏💞

  38. Day 26 KISS! I was lazy yesterday, waking up at 1pm and never getting around to practicing. Our school was closed and will be through Friday as they try to contain the spread of the Corona virus.

    Coming up from that forward fold, and I know I was not really, but I felt so much taller. An odd sensation. When Adriene mentioned later that maybe one day we could put the crown of our headon the mat, I was thinking yeah, once I grow a giraffe neck. But I did surprise myself today touching the floor with one leg across the opposite thigh. It was a little breezy, moreso on one side than the other, but I did it! 😁

  39. Is it possible to make a yoga with glasses practice? It’s hard to do some postures with my glasses on but I can’t see the video without them. It’s a catch 22.

  40. 26.02.2020 KISS Yoga.
    What a better time to do this practice. Am on holiday and the timing is just perfect as I try to calm down, relax, refresh before going to work. Its time to thank God for this far He has brought me and the body for keeping up with me. Thanks to you too Adriene for the inspiration and always reminding us to stay positive. 😘

  41. Hi When does next months calendar and playlist normally become available?
    Can´t wait. This is the first time I've followed along with the monthly calendar, loved it. Can´t wait for next months and what it brings x

  42. Another practice that I NEEDED. Last night was incredibly stressful and I carried that tension into this morning, but now I believe I can get on with my day with a new perspective 😘

  43. Hey Adriene, do you have any recommendations for adaptations of alternate nostril breathing? Today it took way too much force to breath in/out of my left side alone, and it was frustrating because I couldn't get that depth of breath on that side due to congestion. I'd love a way to still participate when I can't do it the traditional way. Namaste <3

  44. Everytime we do alternate nostril breathing I realize that I live in a perpetual state of stuffy nose. Still loved this practice! Thanks Adriene

  45. KISS day 26 Yoga for the Nerves was everything today. A soothing practice for a long day. Thank you Adrienne. May you and sweet Benji be surrounded in love and light.💜

  46. I didn't know my nerves needed a calm down until this practice 💕 Adding this to my list to repeat when things start to feel out of control.

  47. Just curious how many other people find that their right hip (or the one you use to drive) is significantly tighter than their left.

  48. Feeling sad and frustrated. I have no clue what my purpose in life is, I don't know how to reach the few things I dream of, my chronic illness stops me from getting things done and enjoying life as I'm fatigued all the damn time, I have no sense of community with people around me, through years of self consciousness and judgements I've unlearned how to express myself, and due to all of this I experience anger, sadness and other negative emotions on a daily basis.
    Despite it all, I've been committed to my daily yoga practice and when Adriene says "trust the practice / trust me / trust yourself" it makes me feel like I can indeed tap into myself and find healing for the afraid, lost child inside of me.
    Thank you, Adriene, for always bringing such lessons and joy into my days.

  49. Hello Adriene, I started doing yoga with you on the first of January 2020, and I noticed I started to do deep breathing of the mat at some times in the day. Thank you so much 🧘‍♀️🧘‍♀️🧘‍♀️

  50. How is it possible that you picked two videos for the playlist one after another where you sing You're not alone"
    Coincidence? I don't think so
    Hotel? Trivago.
    And also, doing yoga in the morning really is the best 😊
    Namaste 🙏

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