Speak to a friend on Zoom, meet your neighbours for a socially distanced drink in the garden or tap into your social media pages and there’s one burning question they all want to get out of the way, ‘What day are you up to?’
There are some who boast, others who laugh embarrassedly in answer, but whatever their progress they are often united in their passion for online phenomenon Adriene Mishler and her 30 days of yoga.
The 36-year-old has eight million subscribers to her Yoga with Adriene YouTube channel and more than 2 million viewers who happen across her while searching Google where her name dominates.
Adriene is The People’s Yogi and for men and women around the world, she has been a breath of fresh air during lockdown.
‘I live alone and because I wasn’t able to go out and see friends and family for a while, she gave me a reason to get up each morning when the depressing days of lockdown loomed ahead. It was a new skill to learn but I didn’t feel pressured to be super fit or amazingly agile and in a funny way that made me try harder.
‘Now, as life gets back to a little bit of normality, I can tune in at home and do a class that fits around my schedule. Not only do I feel better physically, mentally it has been a great focus. And it’s free’ admits one recent UK convert.
As well as the 30-day courses there are short videos to help wake you up in the morning or get to sleep at night as well as countless others that focus on particular areas of the body.
Her fans admit she makes you want to be her friend even if she is thousands of miles away, teaching alone in front of her camera at her home in Austin, Texas.
Tying yourself into a Pretzel with elaborate poses is not her aim, neither is weight loss, what she does want is to help people find what feels good and she has been doing it successfully since 2012.
Adriene and her business partner Chris Sharpe, whom she met on the set of a horror film during her early years as an actress, have carved out a £3 million slice of the booming £74 billion yoga industry largely thanks to her peppy manner and commitment to try and teach traditional style yoga.
She says:’I really want to honour the philosophy’.
Like millions of other men and women, Adriene admits she’s succumbed to body-image issues, having felt huge pressure to diet before auditions. Even now, she works hard to avoid feeling the same pressures when filming for Youtube and will let a self-deprecating comment slip out now and then. To her followers that occasional sign of insecurity just makes her seem even more like one of them.
‘You can look good all you want but if you are looking in the mirror and not loving who you see, then we have it backwards. I want people to get closer to experiencing pure love and acceptance for themselves’.
Check out her website here: yogawithadriene.com