If you’ve taken a free yoga class on YouTube in the past two years, there’s a good chance you’ve done a downward dog or crow pose with instructions from the Austin, USA-based YouTube personality. Texas, Adriene Mishler. Mishler has been running her free channel, Yoga with Adriene, since 2012 and, thanks to her accessible teaching style, calm demeanor, and a pandemic that has caused everyone to search for home workout videos, she now has over 10 million subscribers.
Mishler’s goal isn’t to be a global yoga celebrity (although she is); instead, the former trained actor and adidas ambassador wants to make the practice available and accessible to everyone. She teaches yoga to chefs, teens, writers, gardeners, those struggling with social anxiety. Basically, it’s yoga for people, and none of it feels moralistic or exclusive or like you need to know anything about it before you hit play.
She is also a co-owner of Practice Yoga Austin, a studio where you can donate anonymously or not at all, depending on what you are able to contribute. Mishler spends much of the year traveling the world teaching classes and organizing retreats for thousands of budding yogis, but she loves coming back to her hometown. We asked him some of his favorite places around Austin.
“The loop around Lady Bird Lake, called the hiking and biking trail, has the soul of Austin. I like to wake up, put on comfortable clothes, have coffee and take my dog, Benji, for a walk. It’s an ideal morning to breathe nature in the city center.
“Growing up in Austin, I have a special connection to several neighborhoods and the different stages they went through in my life,” says Mishler. “Right now, I love East Central Austin for its growing scene of local businesses, artists and the Mueller Farmers Market. It is close to the hiking and biking trail and a short distance from the center, south congress, downtown and even the west side. ”
“I like being outside doing cardio and mindful movements in nature,” says Mishler. “That, and practicing yoga in my studio on the east side, Practice Yoga Austin, as well as taking breath-focused Pilates at The Peach House.”
“I love a spontaneous glass of wine outdoors with a loved one at Justine or Birdie. Both have a great choice and are led by beautiful souls who care about the land and our community, ”Mishler said.
“Thunderbird Coffee and Greater Goods Coffee, both on the east side of Austin. My go-to order is an eight ounce Americano and both places serve it well and include good community energy with the service, ”Mishler said. “I also enjoy breakfast at my longtime favorite vegetarian restaurant, the Bouldin Creek Cafe. I have the Ren breakfast tacos with potato cake for breakfast, but really the whole menu is good. Don’t forget to treat yourself to a chilled hibiscus tea.
“Nixta Taqueria is run by a brilliant pair of humans, and the food is kind of a mix of unpretentiousness and brilliant artwork. I love the veggie tacos that spin, as well as the breakfast taco, obviously, ”says Mishler.
“Take Heart is my go-to place for a gift for a friend or loved one,” says Mishler. “It’s a nice selection of amazing products that feel like they really support and honor the manufacturers. I can find things for all ages and types here.
“I always like to take her out west,” Mishler says. “We go to West Texas at least once a year. It’s a bit of a reader, but exactly the reader who does it. A chance to slowly unplug, look up, get out and enjoy the sky.