Adriene Mishler exudes plenty of mushy-gushy spiritual thinking, but the yoga evangelist embraces something else, too: That's part of what has made her so accessible to her 3.
At the moment, Adriene is taking mental notes about Peru. When the year-old tells me she rearranged her schedule to take adult Spanish classes so she can teach yoga when she visits Spanish-speaking countries, I mention one of her fans in Peru already translates her videos into Spanish.
A Peace Corps volunteer there leads about 25 students, ages 5 to 84, in an hour-long flow, Monday through Friday. Yoga with Adriene fans have also donated, with some now sitting on Con Pazion's board. Although her mother is Mexican-American, Adriene never learned Spanish as a child. She jokes that she probably knows more Sanskrit, the ancient Indian language used in yoga practice, than Spanish.
When she was in high school, she took American Sign Language instead because she had deaf friends. While she's excited to learn, it means she has to give up something she's done for a decade, even after her meteoric YouTube rise: For yoga instructors, a Saturday morning studio slot means you've made it.
And moving on fills her with bittersweet nostalgia. But she didn't start out intending to be an internet sensation.
It's a big range, but YouTube estimates are often like that due to complicated ad schemes. Back when Adriene was losing money on her yoga classes, she taught children drama and acted on the side.
The movie was about a girl band in a post-apocalyptic world. At first Adriene passed on it — she had auditioned for Juilliard, she had trained in New York, she wanted to do theater — but was convinced when she heard her friend was part of the cast.