Celebrity Yoga Fans

Yoga has a variety of celebrity fans across a range of practices. Lady Gaga has been known to tweet inspiration from her yoga teacher, while Sting and Trudie Styler have been enthusiasts for over twenty years. Many other celebrities, including Gisele Bundchen, Madonna, Jennifer Aniston, Drew Barrymore, Cindy Crowford, Jessica Biel and Adam Levine, appreciate the benefits of this ancient, yet contemporary practice and use it not only to stay in shape, but also to find inner piece, harmony and calm. The popularity of the exercise and meditation program has increased over the years as new offshoots of yoga have continued to branch out. Here are a few types of yoga that celebrities seem to love.

Ashtanga

Sting and Trudie Styler introduced Madonna to this athletic yoga practice in the early 1990s. Ashtanga Yoga involves synchronizing the breath with a continuous series of postures, which creates intense internal heat that helps detoxify the body through profuse sweating. This method improves circulation, increases flexibility, creates a lean, strong body, and helps calm the mind. Styler has also released yoga DVDs based on different Ashtanga poses. In 2009, she released a Warrior Yoga video featuring music by Sting. In March 2011, she released a Weight Loss Yoga video centered on traditional standing poses. Her videos are sold online at http://www.amazon.co.uk/ starting at £7.99.

Anusara Yoga

Spirituality is a focus of this method of yoga as “the highest intention of practicing Anusara yoga is to align with the Divine,” according to their website. It is a branch of Hatha yoga that was introduced in 1997 by American practitioner John Friend. Gisele Budchen has credited her Anusara practice with staying calm and quickly getting back her lean figure after the birth of her son and, judging from her figure, the effectiveness of Anurasa yoga is quite obvious.To find a certified Anusara instructor near you, visit http://www.anusara.com.

Bikram

Fans of Bikram yoga include Lady Gaga, Robbie Williams and David Beckham. This yoga method is a strenuous practice not recommended for beginners. It is composed of moving through 26 postures in hot and humid conditions, with temperatures hitting 40 degrees. Top benefits include increased vitality, weight loss, and detoxification. If you are lazy or have low blood pressure, then you’d better ask your doctor for advice before engaging in this effective, yet tiring and exhausting practice. Beckham has credited his yoga practice with increasing his career length, as well as helping heal injuries. To find a Bikram yoga studio near you, visit http://www.bikramyogauk.co.uk/.

Prenatal Yoga

Stars such as Jessica Alba, January Jones, and Miranda Kerr have all turned to Prenatal Yoga to prepare for the birth of their children. Prenatal yoga begins with a focus on breathing to help teach expectant mothers how to relax. It also helps tone muscles, increase muscle strength and improve circulation. It is a gentle and safe exercise regimen that helps alleviate some of the discomforts associated with pregnancy as well as prepare the body for labour. Visit http://birthlight.com/public/home/ for more information and to find classes available in the UK.

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