When it comes to celebrity fitness routines, a regular yoga practice is definitely something you should try at home. Attending yoga classes on a consistent basis can offer a wide range of physical and emotional benefits. Osteopathic doctor Natalie Nevins is such a firm believer in the benefits of yoga that she balances her time between treating patients in Hollywood and teaching Kundalini, a style of yoga that focuses on mindfulness and meditation. Dr. Nevins reports that doing yoga can increase flexibility, improve muscle tone, facilitate weight loss, and prevent injuries.
It's no wonder that so many stars swear by yoga to stay in shape and sane. Between the mental and the physical health benefits, regular movement can offer benefit to almost anyone. Join us as we reveal the yoga practice in twenty celebrity fitness routines.
1. Adam Levine
Don't let Adam Levine's edgy rocker persona fool you, he's budding with inner peace and harmony thanks to his intensive yoga practices. Yoga is great for boosting your energy, so it's no doubt that his energetic live shows are fueled by the time spent he spends on the mat. Levine even attributes yoga to his personal success.
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2. Gwyneth Paltrow
Gwyneth Paltrow says that "yoga has completely changed me." She's a firm believer in it's transformative nature. Doing yoga for six days a week could certainly improve many lifestyles.
3. Julia Roberts
In Eat Pray Love, Julia Robert's character visits an Indian ashram and fails to complete a group meditation. However, Roberts is a very practiced and dedicated yogi, much the opposite of her character in the film.
4. Kim Kardashian West
Every one knows and loves Kim K, but who would guess that she loves yoga too? Mrs. Kardashian West has published photos of the impeccable balance she's developed thanks to yoga.
5. Miley Cyrus
One of the greatest things about practicing yoga is that you don't need a gym or fancy equipment, all you need is your body, space and a quiet mind. Miley Cyrus has been photographed practicing yoga on a beach in Costa Rica!
6. Bar Refaeli
Israeli supermodel Bar Refaeli is famous for her gorgeously-toned body. However, thanks to regular yoga practice, Refaeli's model body is also strong enough to do headstands, an advanced yoga pose.
7. Jennifer Aniston
When Jennifer Aniston was planning to be wed in 2013, she turned to her yoga practice as a source of stress relief and grounding. A long time pracitioner, Aniston says that it "helps you prepare for everything."
8. Russell Brand
After getting divorced in 2012, Russell Brand "devoted himself" to transcendental meditation and yoga. As he told The Sun, he credits it for being happier than he has been in all of his life.
9. Britney Spears
After some highly-visible twists and turns in Britney Spear's career and public image, she's turned to yoga like many other stars. There's nothing toxic about her practice, which even includes headstands.
10. David Beckham
When he's not "bending" it hard on the soccer field, star athlete David Beckham hits the mat. Regular yoga may even help his soccer skills.
Madonna is doing yoga too. She does challenging Ashtanga yoga to keep herself fit off the stage, in addition to having a well rounded healthy lifestyle.
12. Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga is very forward about the benefits of yoga too. She practices Bikram yoga, which she believes helped her recover from an eating disorder and surgery. To Lady Gaga, yoga is more than a celebrity fitness hack, it's part of a well-balanced life.
13. Robert Downey Jr.
Robert Downey Jr. has had his struggles with substance abuse, but yoga has been one of the ways he's managed his addiction and stayed clean.
14. Shaquille O'Neal
After retiring from the NBA and international basketball stardom, Shaquille O'Neal turned to yoga to help maintain his fitness level. He began during his time as a Cleveland Cavalier.
15. Michelle Williams
Actress Michelle Williams is responsible for co-founding the Yoga For Single Moms Project in Boston. She says it has "made her a better person and mother" and it was a way for her to cope with losing her child's father, Heath Ledger.
16. LeBron James
LeBron James is another pro basketball player who swears by yoga, saying that it helps him when he's on the court.
17. Ashton Kutcher
Ashton Kutcher prefers to practice Bikram yoga and is totally devoted to it. He began practicing after being introduced by his ex-wife Demi Moore.
18. Shilpa Shetty
Shilpa Shetty loves her yoga practice and even came out with her own fitness DVD, Shilpa's Yoga.
19. Kristin Davis
Sex and the City's Kristin Davis is actually a former yoga teacher. She studied and taught at a studio prior to her acting career and still keeps it part of her routine to this day.
20. Anna Paquin
True Blood actress Anna Paquin is very fond of hot yoga. The difference between it and other styles of practice is the heated room, which goes up to 105 degrees fahrenheit.
Regular movement and mindfulness can introduce remarkable health benefits into your lifestyle. If you're looking for some celebrity fitness inspiration, you might not need to look any further than your yoga mat. Having a toned body and peaceful mind doesn't require expensive trainers or gym equipment. It might just require a few minutes a day in downward dog.
Do you practice yoga? Why or why not?