Yoga for Everybody
Always in the spotlight, celebrities are known for their rigorous fitness routines to stay in shape for the cameras. But if there's anything a celebrity knows all too well, a busy schedule and the pressure to always be "on" can take its toll.
***Jane Fonda, Richard Simmons, Jillian Michaels-the list of celebrities known for their workouts goes on and on. There's one famous name, however, that rarely appears on this list: Marilyn Monroe.***
Monroe, best known for being a mid-century sex symbol, is rarely thought of as a fitness icon, but during a 1952 interview with LIFE magazine, she revealed that she lifted weights daily, and in a 1948 set of black-and-white photos, she showed off some asanas. This wasn't just a publicity stunt; Monroe was a devotee of yoga and was photographed many times in different poses.
Some of her lesser-known quotes reveal a more introspective Marilyn who was much more than just a blonde bombshell.
1. David Beckham
The soccer star has found relaxation and strength through Bikram yoga and has reportedly practiced couples' power yoga with his wife, Victoria Beckham, to garner deeper intimacy and connection.
2. Jessica Biel
The actress and wife of Justin Timberlake like to "do a couple of yoga classes during the week," she said to Us Weekly magazine. "Yoga for me is more of an elongating thing."
3. Matthew McConaughey
Actor and Hollywood's most beloved beach bum, Matthew McConaughey likes to stay fit with yoga on the beach.
4. Jennifer Aniston
"Yoga kind of helps you prepare for everything, honestly," the actress told E! News. "It's like meditation. It sort of just allows anything that's coming at you at the end of the day to be kind of doable."
5. Russell Brand
Funny man Russell Brand was quoted by The Sun saying, "I'm dedicating myself to all sorts of interesting things, you know. Transcendental meditation, Kundalini yoga, these things are right good for the old spirit."
6. Kate Hudson
The actress loves yoga so much that she has her own fitness apparel line called Fabletics.
7. Justin Timberlake
Just like wife Jessica Biel, this superstar likes to get his yoga on, even in the middle of the ocean!
8. Gisele Bundchen
The Brazilian supermodel and dedicated yogi like to share her love for the practice on social media @gisele.
9. Ryan Gosling
You may associate this hunk with the many "Hey Girl" yoga memes, but he's also among the many men in Hollywood who have turned to yoga for mind-body wellness.
10. Lady Gaga
The singer is a huge advocate for self-expression and self-love, and shows that yoga can be done anywhere even in heels!
11. Adam Levine
In an interview with Details back in 2011, the singer was quoted saying, "At any Maroon 5 concert, you'll see a room backstage marked 'Yoga.'" Clearly, it's paid off.
Madonna is well-known for busting out yoga moves on stage. The Queen of Pop loves a good challenge, and her advanced practice proves the sky's the limit.
13. Jeremy Piven
"If you don't balance your life, you're going to be brought to your knees - that's basically what happened to me," the actor was quoted saying to Men's Fitness on why he picked up yoga.
14. Orlando Bloom
This British babe may like the action of riding a motorcycle, but he knows how to balance with a grounding yoga sesh.
15. Robert Downey Jr
This comeback actor swears by yoga as a way to control the harmful addictions of his past.
16. Reese Witherspoon
The actress is a passionate yogi who credits expert Kirschen Hagenlocher, who has also worked with Julia Roberts, for her strong flow.
17. Colin Farrell
Irish bad-boy Colin Farrell likes to balance himself out by hitting the mat.
Beyonce's bodacious body is enviable, to say the least. Often asked about her workout routine, she likes to keep it varied, including striking spontaneous yoga poses while on vacation. Beyonce recently launched her very own activewear line called Ivy Park.
19. Tom Hanks
The A-list celebrity has recently picked up the practice, having said in an interview on British morning show Lorraine: "I started doing the yoga, it's the greatest thing you can ever do."
20. Jessica Alba
The actress told the LA Times in an interview that among her favorite workouts are hot yoga and yoga sculpt.
21. Russell Simmons
"The beauty of the practice of yoga is that it teaches you how to take those precious seconds of stillness and lengthen them from seconds to minutes, to a lifetime of enlightenment," the entrepreneur said in a blog post on Global Grind.
22. Alessandra Ambrosio
"When I want to relax and get some nice stretch and open up my body, I do yoga. If I'm traveling, I'll try to always fit in 10 minutes when I wake up," Victoria's Secret model told Shape Magazine.
An avid Ashtanga yogi, sting credits his yoga practice to keeping him young. "If anything, it's reversing my aging process. I can now do things with my body that I wouldn't even have thought possible when I was an athletic teenager."Whether winding down on vacation with some yoga or making sure it's a part of their regular routine, these celebrities prove that yoga is just as much a mental and emotional practice as it is a physical one. Balance is a key component in everyone's overall wellbeing, especially if your life is as hectic and on-the-go as it is for these beautiful yogis.
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