13 Celebrities who practice Yoga

As Yoga has exploded in popularity within the last 10 years. It is estimated 20 million Americans practice yoga. But how many celebrities catch on and develop deeper into their own practice?

1. Adam Levine

Levine, the lead singer of Maroon 5 and a judge on The Voice, practices one workout like a religion: a custom yoga routine that has sharpened his mind and chiseled his body. Ready to strike a pose? Details Magazine

2. Madonna

Madonna practices Ashtanga (aka astanga) yoga, which is a style which encourages more dynamic movements and transitions between the postures. Ashtanga yoga can be an effective cardio workout as well as a isometric bodyweight bearing exercise. – Yoga Mums

3. Gisele Bundchen

How does expectant mother Gisele Bundchen stay in shape? Aside from exercising and playing outdoors with Tom Brady and little John, Gisele practices Anusara yoga in the morning for an hour. – Fit Sugar

4. Gwyneth Paltrow

Gwyneth Paltrow wakes up at 4:30 each morning to practice yoga. “I’m really not a morning person at all,” Gwyneth Paltrow told In Style, “It’s just sheer determination. I’m very strict with myself. When I practice six days a week and eat clean food, I feel much better.” – People

5. Jennifer Aniston

Jennifer Aniston’s friend, Mandy Ingber first introduced yoga to her, “she brought yoga into my life,” says Aniston. “It completely changed my life.” – Shape 

6. Jenny McCarthy

Jenny recently told Danskin that “Yoga’s been my life for the past three years.” She’s been hitting the mat for a while, and even turned Jim Carrey on to yoga, which helped him lose 50 lbs! – Mind Body Green

7. Jessica Biel

Biel told Fox 411: “I have no life… I spend a lot time in yoga class.” Jessica has been hitting the mat for years and previously told Glamour that she went to yoga a couple times of week – Mind Body Green

8. Matthew McConaughey

While most days you can catch the actor on the beach his dogs or his family, you can also catch him practicing yoga at the beach. – Health Yoga

9. Reese Witherspoon

How much yoga does she do? And how often does she run?
For the past two years, when she’s in town, I see her one to three times a week for a 90-minute class or in-home private sessions. I designed a workout that takes into account Reese’s three or four runs a week. She’s a hardworking woman between acting, being a mom and running a production company. This workout is made so that if you can only do one thing in your day, this is it. – iYogaLife

10. Robert Downey Jr.

Downey talked to TIME magazine a while back about his commitment to yoga and staying well:

Supine on a love seat in his home at the end of a leafy cul-de-sac in Brentwood, Calif., Downey attempts to explain his improbable comeback. Like many of his stories, this one meanders poetically and involves, oh, several hundred kung-fu metaphors. “I’ve just been at the ready, and when the opening was there, I hit it,” Downey says. “Guard your centerline, watch the lead elbow, look for an opening, make contact, exchange, advance or retreat and stay connected.”He’s fit, mellow and reflective after a morning of power-flow yoga with his teacher Vinnie Marino, part of what could be called Team New Downey, a large coterie that includes yogis, massage therapists, martial-arts instructors and people who know about herbs. “I need a lot of support… Life is really hard, and I don’t see some active benevolent force out there. I see it as basically a really cool survival game. You get on the right side of the tracks, and you now are actually working with what some people would call magic.”

11. Russell Simmons

“Russell is a vegan and a yoga enthusiast who practices daily. On an appearance on the Oprah Winfrey Show, he said: “In getting in those poses, the most important thing is to remember to smile and breathe. The grace that you get from smiling and breathing in every pose, if you take it off the mat and if you can remember to be connected to your breath, and to move gracefully through life, then that alone is a process that will bring you to enlightenment.” – Elephant Journal

12. Kaley Cuoco

 

Kaley Cuoco, star of The Big Bang Theory, has said that she loves the way she feels after yoga, and even hits back-to-back classes on occasion.Kaley tweeted once “getting my yoga on at work” along with a pic of her getting her headstand on! – Mind Body Green

 

13. Woody Harrelson

Woody – “Yoga is the best thing for your sex life! It keeps you limber in all kinds of ways. It teaches you to love your body and your partner’s body. But more than anything, it keeps your mind liquid, and nothing’s sexier than that….I think yoga is a great way to force your outside of your mental and physical rigidity.” – Yoga Rants and Raves via Playboy

 

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Dan McKernan – UY108 Coach

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