Yoga For Chronic Pain | Yoga With Adriene


– Hi, everyone.
Welcome to Yoga With Adriene, I’m Adriene and this is Benji and today we have
yoga for chronic pain. This is a big request,
I hope you enjoy it. If you can, bring a
little blanket or a towel to practice today and,
if you like, you can do a good portion
of this practice in a chair or on the edge of your couch. So, hop into something
comfy and let’s get started. (upbeat music) Alrighty my friends, let’s
begin lying down on the ground. If lying down on the ground
is not suitable for you today, you can begin this
practice in a chair or even seated on
the edge of your couch. So come into your first position
and be gentle with yourself even as we get set up. Right, so this intention
that we’re gonna be gentle with ourselves,
that we’re gonna be kind. And right away
as you get settled into your first position here, see if you can relax
through the legs and relax through the arms in particular. So, your limbs immediately
get the invitation to relax. And I’ll invite you
to take a deep breath in through your nose. And as you exhale, go ahead and breathe out
through the mouth. Good, soften your gaze
gently down past your nose or close your eyes here and allow the sound
of my voice to guide you. Again, I’ll invite us together to breathe in
through the nose deeply. And exhale out
through the mouth completely, really emptying out all the air. And one more time,
just like that. Big inhale in through the nose. And exhaling out
through the mouth. Great, now with the eyes closed or your gaze nice and soft, just kind of drawing
our intention inward, our attention inward. Just take a moment
to notice how you feel. And, again, remember be gentle. If you’re not feeling great,
that’s alright. That’s why we’re here, to tend to it, to explore lovingly
the tools of yoga and see if they can assist us, support us on our journey toward healing
and feeling better. Continue to gently
deepen the breath as you just take a moment here to notice how you feel today,
scanning the body perhaps. Starting the soles
of the feet perhaps and running up
through the center channel. Using that
guideline if it suits you, guiding your
awareness all the way up to the crown of your head,
and if not, just in your own way
taking stock, dropping in. Then ever so slightly,
lift the corners of the mouth. Give thanks for your body. Let go of any
expectations of this practice and what it might serve up and just choose to
reside in the breath first. Knowing that if you’re breathing with more loving awareness,
you’re doing it right, you’re doing a good job. Inviting the brain and
the body to work together through the breath,
the thread of the breath. Gently bring your
left hand to your heart and your right
hand to your low belly. Use the placement of
the hand on the belly and the hand on the heart to
invite a deeper breath in. Perhaps a more
diaphragmatic breath in. So, see if you can feel the rise of your hands as you breathe in. Good, and see if you
can notice the gentle fall of the palms downward
as you breathe out. Notice where your thoughts go
and just experiment with this for a moment or two on your own. The rise and the
fall of the breath. The hands catching a bit of
a wave here as you breathe in and then falling
as you breathe out. Good, nice and easy. Gently open your eyes. We’re gonna bring one
knee up ever so gently. Bring your foot to the ground and then the other
knee up ever so gently, bring your foot to the ground. If you’re in a
chair on the couch, you can just sit up nice
and tall and then if you’re on the ground, we’re gonna come into a fetal position feeling the spine round here. And then, nice and slow,
again, be gentle, we’re gonna press all the way up to seated and come
through to all fours. Again, if you’re in the chair, stick with the
diaphragmatic breathing here. If you are able
to come to all fours, get the wrists
underneath the shoulders, knees directly
underneath the hips. Inhale, bump
the hips to the left as you turn to look
past your right shoulder and then come back to center. Inhale, bump the hips
to the right as you turn to gently look
past your left shoulder. Excellent, come back to center. Spread the fingertips evenly. You can use your blanket here to pad the body, pad the knees, pad the hands even if you
like and if you’re in a chair, go ahead and bring your hands
to the tops of the thighs. Together we’re gonna find a
little gentle spinal flexion. So on the ground we’ll drop
the belly towards the earth, open the chest. In the chair,
you’ll open the heart, find that long, puppy belly. Everyone, inhale, look up. Exhale, chin to chest. Navel draws back
towards the spine. If you’re on the ground,
really press into the earth. Creating space in the back body. Inhale, drop the belly,
open the chest. If you’re in the chair, look up,
drop the shoulders down. And then exhale,
rounding through, really drawing
your navel up towards the spine or back to the spine. One more time,
inhale nice and slow, opening the heart,
lifting the gaze up. Exhale, rounding through,
chin to chest. Navel back. Good. Having a nice, neutral
spine now, nice and easy, we’re gonna slowly,
slowly make our way up. So, walk the palms
forward if you’re on the ground. Curl your toes under,
soft bend in the elbows, generous bend in the knees, and we’re gonna
peel the tailbone up to Downward Facing Dog. If this is not
suitable for you today, you can just make
your way to standing using your breath to guide you, staying focused
on the breath here for the whole
duration of our practice. Take a couple breaths. If you’re in Downward Dog, maybe pedal the knees,
pedal the feet. And then we’ll
slowly walk the feet to the center of the mat. Come into a nice, wide stance. You have nice stability here. And we’ll come
into a Forward Fold. If you’re in the chair, you can gently drape your belly
over the tops of the thighs, bringing your head between the
knees here. Breathing deep. See if you can
breathe laterally. Think about breathing into
all four sides of your torso. Feeling the lungs expand. The rib cage gets
wider as you breathe in. And, of course,
softens as you breathe out. As you’re ready, slowly begin to
roll up to standing. Take your time here, listen
to the sound of your breath. So as you stand
up nice and tall, see if you can
really feel your feet. I know that is a bit
of an interesting cue, but just bring
awareness to the feet and just notice if the toes
are pointing out or pointing in or if you’re carrying
a little bit of weight in the inner arches or
the outer edges. Just notice. And if you are in the chair
you can do the same thing. Just see if you can
spread more awareness through all four corners
of the feet, nice and even. (chuckles) Benji’s getting cozy. And then, again,
starting from the feet, we’ll begin to
lovingly scan the body. Just drawing some
loving awareness from the soles of the feet all the
way up to the crown. Got a creaky,
old floor up in here. And then see if you
can lift your sternum as you continue to
gently deepen your breath. Try to give the
thinking mind a break, and focus on the
sound of your breath. Good, on your next inhale, spread your fingers gently
and reach up towards the sky. You can do this in
the chair or standing. Big stretch all
the way up, up, up. And think about really
reaching from your waistline, so not just the
arms reaching up, but reaching all the way
up and out of the waistline. If the shoulders are
kind of clenched up here, give a nice, wide
stance between the palms. Imagine maybe you’re
holding a big beach ball up and overhead so your
shoulder blades can drop down. If this is much too much, you can send the
fingertips out in front. So we’re here or we’re here. And wherever you are,
you’re gonna take the right hand and grab the left wrist
for a side body stretch. Take a deep breath in, exhale
gently tilt to the right and if your
hands are out in front, you can gently
twist to the right. So we’re here. Or we’re here,
feet are grounded and we’re inhaling lots
of love in. You got this. Exhale, lots of love out. And I know this can
be hard for many of us, so you’re not alone. Breathe deep. Be kind to
your body. Stick with it. And then on your next inhale,
bring it back to center. Let’s give the arms
a full rest in between. Let them come to your sides
or rest gently on the thighs. Inhale, a nice, cleansing
breath in through the nose. And exhale, take it. Exhale, nice, cleansing
breath out through the mouth. So honoring the body
where it is today, right? Through this
practice of honoring and showing up for
ourselves as we are regularly, we may or may not,
but we have an opportunity to really re-pattern
to heal or at least tend to the situation in a more
loving, non-toxic manner, right? So the possibilities, to me, in my opinion,
are endless. But, of course,
it does require us to just lovingly acknowledge
what’s going on with the body. Which I know can be frustrating for people with
chronic pain, right? Maybe you don’t feel
like everyone understands. I got your back.
Here we go. Inhale, fingertips
up again either halfway or all the way up. Take a second here
to just assess lovingly. How’s it going? Can I create a
little more space here? Return to your breath. Feet are grounded. Maybe experiment
with that inner smile, lifting the corners
of the mouth just a bit. And then, when you’re ready, left hand’s gonna grab
the right wrist this time either all the way up
on overhead or halfway, and then we’re gonna
slowly take it to the left side. So side body stretch.
If you’re halfway, you’re gonna get more of a
lat stretch, upper back body, but still be really good. Keep your heels
grounded here, everyone. Inhale. Exhale. One more breath.
Stick with it. You got this. Hug the low ribs in.
Inhale and exhale. Awesome, slowly release. Bring it all back to center. Nice, cleansing breath here. Come on, take it, inhale. And exhale, let something go. Awesome work. Okay, so if you’re standing, go ahead and bring the
hands to the waistline. If you’re seated, you can do
this Warrior II in your chair. We’re gonna slowly
take it to the right first by bringing the right foot,
stepping the right toes out. Then we’re gonna
bend the right knee and then you’re gonna
step back with the left leg at your comfort level, right? So it can be a
small Warrior today. There’s option to
do this on the chair by bringing the
right hamstring to be supported by
the seat of your chair. Everyone, make sure
your back toes are turned in. And once you get here, let’s bring our
awareness to the feet and draw a little
energy up from the feet to find length in the spine. If you feel a little
trembly here, little warmth, a little heat, that’s okay. If you feel any pain, and you need to
back up out of the pose, listen to your body, always. Head over heart,
heart over pelvis. Maybe you stay here,
hands on the waist or gently resting on thighs,
breathing deep, strong legs. Or perhaps we experiment
with sending the arms out, Virabhadrasana II,
pulling the pinkies back to open up through the chest. Inhale in, lengthen
through the crown, long neck. Exhale, relax your shoulders.
You got this. One more breath.
You got it. Inhale in. Slow exhale, you got this. Sweet, slowly
straighten the front leg, bring the hands
back to the waistline and we’re gonna bring
it all back to center. Move in a nice,
slow pace that’s good to you. Either back
either back to standing or back to seated in your chair. Cleansing breath.
Inhale lots of love in. Exhale, let something go.
Breathe out through your mouth. Good, second side. You’re gonna take the left foot around this time, plant
it firmly, toes pointing out. Then step the
right foot back, toes back. Back foot needs to be pivoted in, dialed in, right? So that everything can dial
in including the hip, right? If the toes are turned out, the hip’s gonna be
unstable here basically. So turn those toes in. If you’re in the chair, your left hamstring be supported by the seat of your chair. Everyone, bend your front knee. Notice how this side
may feel a little different. Hands on the waistline
are nice and low to start. Press into the outer
edge of your back foot. Lengthen through the spine. And here we go. If it’s feeling
right in your body today, send the arms out long. We’re not gonna be here long, so meet your appropriate edge. Pull the pinkies back,
bend that front knee, Lengthen tailbone down.
Find that inner smile. Here we go,
let’s breathe together. Inhale in through the nose. Exhale out through
the nose or mouth, either one is fine today. Again, inhale in
through the nose. And exhale out
through the nose or mouth. Good, slowly
bring it back to center. Hands come to the waistline. Seated or standing,
you got this. Inhale in. And exhale, relax the
shoulders, empty it out. Good, awesome work. On your next inhale, bring the shoulders forward,
up and back towards the ears and then we’re just gonna take
’em for a couple loops here. Inhale to lift. Exhale to drop. Inhale to lift. Exhale to drop. One more time, inhale to lift. Exhale to drop. Alright, stay grounded
through your feet. We’re gonna
interlace the fingertips behind the small
of your back here. Keep your wrists squared here. You keep it nice and gentle. So rather than bring
it together, of course, unless you want to do that. If you’re in the chair,
you can also experiment with clasping opposite
elbow with opposite hand. And really gentle chest
opener here, nice and easy. Inhale, open the chest. Exhale, relax
the shoulders down. If you wanna find soft,
easy movement in the head or neck here,
it might feel nice. Awesome, then we’ll release. Once again, cleansing breath.
Inhale in. Nice, slow exhale. Soothing, calming
the nervous system. Excellent. Alright, from here
we’re gonna grab our blanket and if you have a wall
that you can bring the legs up to while you’re
doing this video, then we’ll do that together. Otherwise we can
kind of figure it out just in the middle of
the room wherever you are, and then you can take it to
the wall on your own later. So we’re gonna transition
down now for legs up the wall. So take your time
getting down on the ground. We’re gonna grab our blankets
for this, if you have one. And again, if
you’re not really set up to do legs up the
wall in this exact moment, maybe you just come
into a comfortable seat, breathe deeply and observe so that then you
can do this on your own in another area of your home. So, we’ll take the blanket or a bath towel works just fine. You just make
sure it’s nice and even so that it can
support your low back in a nice, even way. In a way that feels good. And then I’m
gonna bring it up here to the wall, excuse me buddy. Sorry buddy, aw. No animals were harmed
in the making of this video. So, I’m gonna bring it
with a little bit of space between the
wall and the blanket. You can also do
this in the middle of the room and
get your legs up, but it just depends on
how your body’s feeling. Maybe you’re not quite
in the right place right now where you wanna
hold your legs in midair. You could give it a try,
certainly, if it felt right. So, I also have a whole video
just on legs up the wall. So you can check that
out on YouTube. Here we go. I’m gonna come all
the way up to the wall. This is the most difficult part is kind of getting in position. But I’m gonna
move slowly and gently and I’m gonna get
it to where my blanket or towel is
supporting my low back. I allow my tailbone to
spill off the blanket or towel and my legs, of course, go up. Notice how my knees are bent. I’m not necessarily
needing to straighten my legs to reap the
benefits of this posture. So the knees can be bent as
generously as they need to. Once you feel like you feel
supported in your low back, you can start to play
with straightening the legs, but, again, just feel it out. Alright, then the hands
can go Texas T nice and wide or palms can rest gently
on the belly or the ribcage. Alright, if you’re observing, you can soften your gaze now
and start to breathe deeply. If you’re in the posture,
close your eyes, and return to your breath. Soften the skin or the face,
everyone relax your jaw. See if you can make
your inhalations longer. See if you can make your
exhalations longer. Smoother. When practicing
legs up the wall, if it begins to feel
like it’s a little too much, you’re losing a blood
flow or little tingly, can be a little
intense at first. Listen to your body
which I know you’re good at, but also respond. You might bring the
soles of the feet together down for a little
Cobbler’s variation here. And then, as you’re ready,
you can send the legs back up. So this is a good thing to do before bed when the body, you can already tell,
may be struggling to relax. This could be a good
thing to do after travel of any kind. Let’s take a couple
more breaths here to observe the breath. Slow everything down. Activating the
healing properties, the self-healing properties. That we possess. To come out of legs up the
wall, you’ll move nice and slow. First bending the knees. And then slowly
rocking to one side, any side. You cans stay in legs
up the wall if you like. If you’re ready to
come up to a nice seat, go ahead and do so. You can sit up on your blanket. If you’re on the chair,
smile, life is good. We’ll bring the palms
together at heart center. Take one more big breath in. Exhale to relax
the shoulders down. Close your eyes. Give thanks for this time that
you’ve carved out for yourself. I thank you for joining me, for trusting me,
for sharing your practice and your journey
with me and with Benji. Bookmark this video. See if you can maybe
put it on your calender to do regularly so
that you can really start to notice the difference. A regular daily practice
I think yields more results than just kind of a once
in a while kind of remedy. Alright, thanks again. As always,
continue to make it your own and find what feels good.
You’re doing great. Namaste. (upbeat music)


43 Responses

  1. Yoga With Adriene

    November 3, 2019 1:41 pm

    However this message finds you today, I hope you can take a loving inhale in…
    And follow your breath out,
    As you remember, It’s a process.
    Give thanks and praise for all that you are and all that you have.
    What are you thankful for today?

  2. Emma hackley

    November 15, 2019 7:49 pm

    My chronic pain had me at breaking point this week, I came home from work Wednesday and did one of your videos, it is only Friday and I have done one every evening since, and feel so much better already, my neck and shoulder pain has become more manageable and mentally I feel stronger xxx thank you xxx

  3. Fanfan MentalistFictions

    November 16, 2019 12:29 am

    I know chronic pain and I think I'll do this practice again. Good as always. I like how the video was made. Show two different ways to do it is really clever and easier for some people. Low back or and also muscle pain because of tension it helps to relieve. I liked it. Thank you Adriene.

  4. Rebecca

    November 16, 2019 11:39 pm

    Wow! Thanks so much Adriene.
    I said to a friend how I wanted to start yoga but was a little hesitant about it, and my friend recommended your channel.
    This is by far the best yoga instruction I've ever had.
    Thank you for your calming and loving instruction.
    My body can do this~

  5. mspider12

    November 17, 2019 4:50 pm

    Thx, being a big fat hairy oath who cant get on the floor or off or bare weight on my knees these poses seem difficult.

  6. celebralbore

    November 19, 2019 10:10 pm

    I randomly started doing yoga because I thought it might help with any type of headache I'm going through (we're not sure if those are mini strokes, cluster headaches, a simple migraine, brain tumor or anything alike) and I am so thankful I did. I feel so much better already and your routines help me feel better and feel accepted. So glad I tried it out. Thank you Adriene, greetings from Adrianna. 🙂

  7. Candace haydon

    November 20, 2019 3:31 am

    Thank you. It felt like you really did care and i could do all poses with you without failing or being in pain.

  8. Megidork

    November 20, 2019 11:52 pm

    Being 20 (21 next month) and living with chronic pain is… not easy. It can be hard to acknowledge what I'm going through and take time for myself when I spend my days trying to keep up with my friends and peers who are running around, healthy. Ignoring it doesn't make it go away but addressing it makes me feel weak. Your yoga practices give me time to sit down with myself and tell myself it's okay to be the way I am, and that it's important to slow down and look after myself. And the great thing is that when I do that, I get relief from my pain and my life gets easier. Your videos are a reminder for me that taking time for myself will improve my health and my quality of life. Even if doesn't cure the pain completely, it makes it better. Thank you for all you do, reminding us that we're all important, and no one is alone. You are a light in the lives of so many.

  9. Claire Cornish

    November 21, 2019 11:45 pm

    Thank you Adrienne, I am 81years young and have had several spinal surgeries. I pray I can do this daily. I was amazed at how hard it was to get on the floor. I did yoga when I was younger and raised a family, it allowed me to handle stress.

  10. Linta Khan

    November 25, 2019 5:10 am

    ILYSM Adriene 💕 I started watching your videos four years ago and they helped me so much with my health. When life gets hard I always can let out all the pain physically and emotionally through these loving practices you share 💕 Sending you , Benji, your loved ones, your team, your supporters all the love, health, happiness and peace 🥰😘💕

  11. Kathryn Tilley

    November 25, 2019 3:22 pm

    I am 3 weeks post partum and this practice was great to help me ease back into a routine. Thank you as always! ❤️

  12. Zoe Davey

    November 25, 2019 9:21 pm

    Thank you very much for all the wonderful videos you put out Adriene (and Benji of course) <3 You have helped me at so many different stages of health and helped me work through so many emotions already. xx

  13. Emily Partridge

    November 27, 2019 6:11 pm

    Thanks so much for this and all your videos. I've had neck pain for 3 days and this has completely sorted it… For now. Practice practice practice! Thanks xxx

  14. Barbaraa Wantuch

    December 2, 2019 1:18 pm

    Adrienne, your yoga practices are always great, I do all of them depending on how my body feels at that time. Thank you

  15. BJ Hurley

    December 3, 2019 3:51 pm

    Great practice today – thank you! I love how your videography has evolved over the years and the split screen showing chair modification is so so valuable. Namaste from So Cal 🧘🏽‍♀️🕉

  16. Wicked Auto Protection

    December 3, 2019 6:41 pm

    loved it. I run and do physical labor every day so my body is always hurting. This was perfect after a morning exercise routine before I start the day!

  17. Olivia Aguila-Perez

    December 4, 2019 5:02 am

    so i finally brought myself to have the courage to make this comment…

    i've been on this yoga journey for years now, using it to help with my mental health alongside my physical health. this was always my weapon against the constant aches and pains, little to no energy, and the overall weakness i felt in every aspect of myself. of course i've grown from before i began this journey to now, but i never really knew why i was so drained and exhausted all the time. i practically came out of the womb like this. until this past june i finally went to a professional and asked about it, and turns out i have chronic pain syndrome, and now everything makes sense.

    to all those in pain, in ANY type of pain, we're stronger than we could ever know. the fact that we're getting up and doing this flow for ourselves in of itself is an act of strength and healing and growth. we're all making it better, little by little.

    the clarity this brought to myself, along with thousands of others, is unlike anything on this earth. i cried when i saw the thumbnail. the unity that your channel brings is unrivaled, Adriene.

    thank you and namaste ❤️

  18. judith karbal

    December 4, 2019 1:03 pm

    wonderful . thank you for your calm sweet voice. for your expertise. for NOT having weird music playing . working along with your videos daily has made all the difference – mind and body!

  19. Beach Bum

    December 5, 2019 3:27 pm

    I’ve been highly athletic and active my entire life and NEVER thought I’d be a person living with chronic knee pain😫2 years ago I was walk/running 4 miles on a treadmill 4-5 times a week in the gym which included strength training. I was blessed that during that time I found your yoga videos Adriene because after a fall and blowing out my knee your videos are the only workout that doesn’t add to the pain. After seeing an orthopedic surgeon and finding out that he was not willing to do anything about the cartilage injury due to osteoporosis in the knee I asked what I could do to stay in shape. He suggested stationery biking which does nothing but make my knee swell😫I don’t like taking any medicine so yoga breathing has help me to breathe through the most painful times and helped to regain some of my lifestyle. Thank you so much for understanding chronic pain suffering and posting this video. Even though I can’t always do the exact same yoga poses with you on that one knee please know that I’m working out with you. 🧘‍♀️You have literally saved my life by actually having to remember to listen to my body. Thank you.

  20. Human OnEarth

    December 7, 2019 3:51 pm

    @yoga with Adriene Can I make a request for a practice that helps with having a torn labrum in the glenohumeral joint? I can't put any pressure on the shoulder joint area…such as downward dog. I've lost my practice because most of it involved arm things. I'm having the surgery in May of 2020 but all exercise and yoga has stopped for me, it's painful. Thank you for all of your videos., ALWAYS! Love and Light –

  21. Anouk Ruitenbeek

    December 9, 2019 9:51 am

    Thank you! I am 21 and have been struggling with chronic pain for a couple of years (it comes and goes). Recently I only noticed the things that I could not do and the amount of pain that I was in. During this practice I realized that I should be grateful for what I can do and that I can do more than I thought before I started. It felt really good to move my body without pain again.

  22. HagridsWardrobe

    December 16, 2019 10:43 pm

    You're an angel. Chronic pain feels like it takes over my life, as I can barely leave the house most days. Your videos help ground me and appreciate life. From the bottom of my heart, thank you ❤️💯

  23. dazzlelight001

    December 19, 2019 3:38 am

    I want to say thank you! This video alone relieved me of my back pain that I have had for a few weeks.


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