However, while there may be people in the world that possess this kind of flexibility, this kind of yoga stereotype no longer holds true in the modern world.
Over the past few years, we’ve all likely heard of at least the benefits of practicing yoga as a technique of reducing stress and balancing the body. And lately, the practice has been growing in popularity, especially amongst celebrities and sports teams alike. As it turns out, the celebrities who practice yoga claim that it actually helps them with their craft, from acting on the big screen to performing on the sporting field.
Jennifer Aniston: To get into shape for the flick Wanderlust (and who could forget the unforgettable cover of March 2012’s GQ?!), Jennifer Aniston prepared mind, body, and spirit through a combination of yoga-related exercises and sticking to a healthy diet.
According to the gorgeous actress herself, “Yoga helps you prepare for everything, honestly. 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.” It keeps her body balanced, her mind focused on her profession, and her spirit disciplined.
Daniel Negreanu: Known for doing things in an extreme fashion throughout his life, poker professional Daniel Negreanu also knows how to stay composed and balanced by practicing Bikram yoga every day. In general, poker success is reliant on staying mentally focused and healthy. In fact, you could actually say that yoga is a lot like the game of poker itself.
Yoga helps Negreanu maintain clarity and control of his emotions while on the felt. On a more physical level, he has also found that the movements involved in the discipline reduce the cramped muscles he feels after sitting for hours in a tournament. Psychologically, yoga has also improved Negreanu’s ability to perform better against opponents, handling swings easier and controlling his tells.
Julianne Moore: Famous for her brilliant performances on the big screen, Julianne Moore is one of the strongest actresses in Hollywood. Even at the age of 53, that didn’t stop her from pushing herself to play one of her most challenging roles yet, President Alma Coin in the new Hunger Games film.
In addition to following a healthy low-carb diet, Moore also practiced yoga on a daily basis to prepare herself for the role. Now that filming for the movie is complete, she continues to practice yoga at least two to three times a week, specifically Ashtanga yoga. According to Moore, Ashtanga yoga is much quieter and calmer than other workouts, and poses several benefits to the mind and body. In addition to improving flexibility, yoga has also boosted Moore’s stamina and endurance, all of which were required to land her the role in The Hunger Games.
Ricky Martin: Despite what we may think, the life of a pop star can be quite a difficult one, and sometimes nothing sounds better to Ricky Martin than dedicating some time to yoga. Known for his irresistible moves on stage and his ability to make any love song sound like he made it just for you, this pop star also avidly practices Buddhist rituals and incorporates at least 20 minutes of Kriya yoga each day just to find his center, recharge his mind, and maintain balance within his personal life and career.
A Modern Healing Trend
Developed thousands of years ago in the country of India, yoga has become increasingly popular within the past few years, especially amongst celebrities. But whether or not this rise in yoga’s popularity is due to the influence of Hollywood, there is no argument that yoga offers a variety of benefits to those who practice it.