Becoming a yogipreneur: The 5Ws and 1H of taking yoga as a career

They contort the body into unbelievable postures.

There’s an aura of calmness, agility, and grace that envelopes them.

They are the new breed of teachers, trainers, and professionals, who have embraced the ancient Indian tradition of yoga and transformed that into a career opportunity.





We have many people do this, from corporate execs who quit their six-figure salary jobs to home-makers who are living life to their full potential. Yoga is no longer confined to the ashrams of maharishis nor is its popularity limited to hippies and fitness enthusiasts. Today, yoga is an intrinsic part of lifestyle for people across the country, and the growing number of yoga studios and personal yoga coaching classes are a testimony to this trend.  Interactions with a number of yoga practitioners reveal that their story is one of getting acquainted with yoga to deal with stress, injury, or enhance fitness, walking out of the class happier than they entered, and then wanting to do more yoga, to finally thinking of turning yoga into a fulltime or part-time career. That’s why it is not surprising to see conversations at Sunday brunches in high-end restaurants or late-evening chats among the older generation, frequently peppered with topics ranging from Hatha and Iyengar yoga to meditation.

And, with the International Yoga Day giving further impetus to the popularity of yoga, yoga is being touted as the new currency for fitness. Many say, that this has also translated into greater enthusiasm to take up yoga as career.

And, why not?

Yoga as a career, either part-time or full-time, has many benefits.  Experienced yoga instructors say that becoming a yoga teacher benefits them as much as anyone else. The natural progression of becoming a yoga teacher is that it enhances your skills further and takes your yoga practice to higher levels with advanced techniques. It helps develop patience, strength, and persistence, thereby strengthening inner confidence. Teaching yoga also gives a sense of personal satisfaction as you are able to pass on the benefits of yoga to others, see the transformation it brings to their health, energy levels, fitness and mental strength. Guru Syed Pasha, who teaches yoga for the differently-abled, says, “Yoga is about equality, equity, and empowerment. For people with any form of disability – be it through birth defect, an accident, disorder, or even cognitive disability – yoga simply gives them confidence; it brings out their outstanding abilities – their inner strength.” Guru Pasha’s wheelchair-bound students perform shirshasana and mayurasana, two of the most difficult asanas or postures, on wheelchairs. Guru Syed Pasha, says, “The wheelchair becomes part of the body. It opens their physical and mental blockages, which tells them not to feel disabled. It really does transform the way they look at life; it makes them independent.”


And, being a certified yoga instructor comes with the ability to take your career wherever you travel. The scope of yoga as career is a wide canvas – from opportunities to work in nature resorts to schools to fitness centres to your own studios to even becoming personal yoga instructors of celebrities! And, there are many like Sarvesh Shashi, who have been able to tap this growing interest. Undergoing intensive training under the guidance of a yoga guru, “led him to a path of self-discovery,” says the 23-year-old.  And, the interactions with the yoga guru is what led him to start – Zorba: A Renaissance Studio. The venture has construed disciplines like zumba, yoga, aerobics, meditation into novel training programmes that offer 14 different forms of yoga, 12 forms of meditation, 122 types of pranayama, various dance fitness modules, and dance meditation. Today, Sarvesh’s venture is valued at Rs 100 crore!

Fitness institutes, yoga ashrams, and independent certified yoga instructors, offer a number of yoga courses, from short-term introductory courses, long-term courses, to those for becoming yoga instructors. The footfalls to these places have witnessed a quantum increase, and yoga’s image has changed from traditional and uninteresting to that of being hip. And people are ready to shell out money from Rs 1000 a day to Rs 1000 an hour – for yoga classes, as they consider it an investment for their health and happiness. There are also a few places that offer these courses free in the larger interest of promoting physical, mental, and spiritual well-being.

With increasing government focus and growing awareness about yoga, the demand for yoga instructors is expected to grow by about 30-35 percent in a couple of years, according to a 2015 Assocham study.

To enable more people to tap this vibrant opportunity, and bring about a standardisation in the quality of yoga practices across the world, the Ministry of AYUSH has launched a Scheme for Voluntary Certification of Yoga Professionals. The scheme has been developed by Quality Council of India (QCI), which has expertise in developing such quality frameworks based on international best practices. The QCI is an autonomous body that provides accreditation standards for various sectors. The scheme for has been developed by adopting the principles and requirements laid down in the international standard ISO:17024, and will evaluate four levels of competence of the applicants, namely, Yoga Instructor, Yoga Teacher, Yoga Master, and Yoga Acharya (being the advanced level).

That said, becoming a yoga instructor is not as easy as it seems, as it requires a lot of patience, practice, perseverance and dedication. You need to be able to gauge the right regimen for your students depending on their need, age, lifestyle, body, and fitness. You also have to think carefully about the style of yoga you want to teach. Transitioning from a yoga student to a teacher is not an overnight change as it is much more than demonstrating or practicing yoga postures!


Source : http://yourstory.com/2016/06/confessions-of-a-yoga-girl/
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International Yoga Day To Be Held at Potters Fields Park in London





London: The International Day of Yoga will be held at Potters Fields Park near Tower Bridge in London on June 19, a statement from Indian High Commission here said on Friday.

The event will be held by the High Commission of India and the Government of India Tourist Office from 8.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.

A curtain-raiser to the event was held on Friday in collaboration with various yoga institutions which included a yoga demonstration and a meditation session by "Heartfulness".

On December 11, 2014, the United Nations General Assembly declared June 21 as the International Day of Yoga.

The declaration came after the call for the adoption of June 21 as International Day of Yoga by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his address to UN General Assembly on September 27, 2014.



Source : http://www.news18.com/news/lifestyle-2/international-yoga-day-to-be-held-at-potters-fields-park-in-london-1257974.html
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How to Build Your Brand as a Yoga Teacher

A certification alone won’t attract students.

Last year, more than 14,700 new yoga teachers registered with Yoga Alliance, the nation's largest registry of yoga teachers, according to The Wall Street Journal. That means the number of new teachers now exceeds the number of new students at yoga studios. If you want to be successful in this oversaturated market, you need to stand out – or risk getting lost in the vast sea of yoga teachers.

To do that, you first need to identify as an entrepreneur and develop your personal brand. That will set you apart and give you a clear direction to build your business. When teachers do not brand themselves, they either burn out, become resentful of their peers who are successful or even feel depressed because they feel a lack of self-worth.

Many yoga teachers resist branding themselves because they have an outdated belief that business is an ugly, competitive practice. A more progressive outlook on business suggests that by working on your brand, you will help more people and make a bigger impact while providing quality services.

Another misconception about having a niche brand is that you will limit yourself. But if you don't have a focus, you will get lost in the crowd. You need a specialty for people to find you, and if it's genuine, you can help and connect with more people than you ever imagined possible.

Developing a brand also allows you to do in-depth work with clients. My guys-only yoga classes, for example, have attracted the same core group of 10 men for over two years. Because they are so consistent and similar to one another, they have progressed quickly, which allows me to teach more intricate poses and subtle alignment techniques. When you teach your most advanced practices, it keeps you interested while also facilitating a profound shift in someone else's life.


 Developing a niche audience as a yoga teacher can allow you to reach more people – and eventually charge a premium.



But building a successful brand as a yoga teacher doesn't happen overnight. Here's how to get started:

1. Find a specialty.

Every teacher has a specific interest. One way to find yours is to remember what yoga helped you overcome. Maybe it was anxiety, muscle weakness or a weight problem. For me – a stronger, tighter guy – yoga (eventually) helped me open my body. I had to modify poses, use props and approach the practice differently as a man, which took me years to learn. Now, I deliver that experience to my male clients in a way that takes them through that process more efficiently.

Once you are comfortable infusing your personal perspective into your classes, you'll start to attract a particular, authentic audience. When it's clear what you stand for, your brand becomes magnetic. Your ideal students will find you, and you fill your schedule with those who love to work with you and with whom you love to work.


2. Become an expert.

The clearer you are with your specialty, the better you can serve your students. If you are being yourself, and only speaking on topics you're knowledgeable about, you'll build a rapport with students. You can also create useful content outside of the classroom, whether it's through blogs, podcasts, pictures or videos. For example, if a yoga teacher decided to focus on "yoga for rock climbers," she might create a series of blog posts or videos on the proper yoga poses to improve range of motion while rock climbing. If she does this consistently for a couple months, and distributes it to rock climbing gyms and her climbing friends, the news will spread quickly. Eventually, she can become the go-to yoga source for rock climbers.



3. Turn your brand into a source of revenue.

Most yoga teachers struggle to make money because they teach generic studio classes at a price-point that is inconsistent and often below minimum wage. Even if they book their scheduleswith classes, between the money they spend on trainings, music, gas and food on the go, they usually have close to nothing left financially.

But a brand that provides students a huge value can change that. My male students, for example, are relieved of pain, avoid health crises and take their health to a whole new level. Before raising your prices, look at the overall benefit you provide your students. If you create a yoga program that helps students avoid back surgery, for instance, you save them thousands of dollars – and often a lifetime of pain. That's more valuable than what they would get in a standard class. As your brand becomes more established, you can start to charge a premium for your services.


4. Work on your business – not only in it.

Business should be like a yoga practice. You need to schedule a time to work on it weekly. It is easy for teachers to get caught in the rat race of running from class to class, and to only end up spending 20 minutes on their actual business each week. Between the time it takes to plan the class, commute, set up the room and close the space down, you invest at least three hours on one class.

As you build your brand, however, you can shape your schedule to fit the lifestyle you want. You can attract more clients who are thrilled to work with you and you can let go of the jobs you no longer want. Teachers often work on the weekends, which means missing out on family events and valuable time to relax. As you develop a personal brand, you can spend more time developing your business – and with those you love.


5. Develop a career – not just a job.

See the big picture. It is far more rewarding to establish a personal brand, improve your livelihood and thrive than it is to just survive. Start noticing who you attract to your classes. Ask your students why they enjoy your class and what they think sets you apart. Be self-aware and notice your character; who you are. Finally, just take the leap. Yoga teachers have so much to offer and, if they approach it correctly, they can live up to their full potential.


Source : http://health.usnews.com/health-news/blogs/eat-run/articles/2016-06-14/how-to-build-your-brand-as-a-yoga-teacher
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Bedtime Yoga: Stretch Your Way to Better Sleep

Yoga is a great way to calm the mind and body, so why not make it part of your bedtime routine? Bedtime yoga has shown to calm the mind and relieve tension and stress in the body. To create a calming bedtime yoga routine, throw on your coziest pajamas, light your favorite candle and get ready for a bedtime treat. Here are 7 of our favorite yoga poses that can be done in the comfort of your own bed:



1. EASY POSE is ideal for meditation. It promotes an inner calm and allows you to find a state of serenity before starting your practice. To begin, position yourself comfortably on your bed. Cross your shins and widen your knees into a comfortable position and lengthen your spine. Focus on keeping your shoulders pressed down towards the bed. Place your hands at your knees and take 3 deep breaths, counting to 3 on each breath in and out. The key is to focus on your breathing to help your mind begin to relax and focus.

2. BUTTERFLY POSE provides relief in the hip joints, which is important after a long day sitting or standing. Re-position your feet so that your heels are touching. Align your spine, keep your back lengthened and continue to breathe. Feel free to take a slight bend forward for an extra stretch. Take 5 deep breaths, slowly counting to 3 on each breath in and out.

3. SEATED FORWARD BEND soothes and stretches the hamstrings, spine and lower back. Slowly extend your legs out in front of you. While keeping your torso long, begin to reach your hands forward. Exhale as you continue to extend towards your feet. Stop whenever you feel a deep stretch in the lower back of your hamstrings. Maintain this position for 5-10 breath counts.


4. PIGEON POSE increases hip flexibility and releases negative tension. Position yourself on your hands and knees. Bend one knee and bring it forward towards your chest. Place your knee on the bed and your hands on either side of your leg. Square off your hips and stretch forward. Take it slow and breathe into your stretch.



5. CHILD POSE is our favorite pose. After holding your spine straight for several stretches, child pose allows you to relax your spine, shoulders and neck all at once. Start by folding your legs under you, touch your big toes together and sit on your heels. Keeping your knees together or separating your knees as wide as your hips, reach your hands forward as you lay your torso on or between your thighs. Continue reaching forward, feeling the added stretch in your spine. If desired, lay your hands on the bed alongside your torso, palms facing up. Exhale and draw your shoulders down towards the bed’s surface. Remain here for 5 deep breaths.



6. KNEES TO CHEST is a pose that increases circulation in the head and neck and relieves any remaining tension in the back. A soft side-to-side rocking motion also strengthens your core muscles. To start, roll over onto your back. Bring your legs up and draw both knees to your chest. Clasp your arms around your legs, keeping your back flat to the bed. Gently rock side to side and give your spine a bedtime message.

7. CORPSE POSE (SHAVASANA) is yoga’s favorite ending pose. It will bring you into a deep, meditative state of rest, which is the perfect way to transition from your practice to sleep. Slowly lower your leg, flat on to the bed. Rest your arms and legs out loosely and settle into your breath. Extend your legs through the heels and place your hands by your side, palms facing up. Close your eyes and continue breathing. Feel free to remain here for as long as you like.



SWEET DREAMS. As you bring your bedtime yoga practice to a close, exhale with a reflection of self-gratitude. Hit the lights and snuggle up in your luxurious bedding, sheets and duvet covers.

Namaste and goodnight.


 Source : http://blog.craneandcanopy.com/post/112891441977/bedtime-yoga-routine-for-sleep?utm_source=pinterest&utm_medium=pins&utm_campaign=bedtimeyoga
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Seven super effective yoga poses for beautiful breasts

Many women are unhappy with the shape or size of their breasts, which makes them feel insecure and too shy to wear certain clothes — especially when ample-busted beauties in bright swimsuits smile at them from magazine covers.

We at Bright Side are positive that everyone is capable of building the body of their dreams. We have collected the most efficient yoga poses that will not only improve the shape of your breasts and the volume of your lungs, but also make you feel strong and healthy.

Warrior Pose




Virabhadrasana, or the Warrior Pose, will not only make you feel your strength, but also help you extend your thorax and make it elastic and active:
  1. Place your feet wide apart, parallel to each other.
  2. Turn your left foot to the left 90 degrees and your right foot inside. Breathe out, and bend your left knee.
  3. Your right leg should stay straight. Raise your arms, and put them in line with your shoulders. Turn your head left, looking at your wrist.
  4. Repeat 7-10 times, then do the same to the right side.


Triangle Pose

 

Trikonasana, or the Triangle Pose, will release and strengthen your thorax, stretch your spine, and improve your blood flow:
  1. Place your feet wide apart. Turn the left one 90 degrees and the right one 15 degrees.
  2. Touch your left ankle with your left hand (with time, you’ll be able to put your open palm on the floor), and stretch your right arm upwards so that your arms make a straight line. Keep your knees and spine straight too.
  3. Turn your face up, and look at your fingers. Then repeat the exercise with the other side.


Cobra Pose


Bhujangasana, or the Cobra Pose, helps increase the lung volume, stretch the thoracic muscles, strengthen your abdominal muscles, and improve your posture:
  1. Lie on your stomach and inhale deeply. Slowly raise your torso, and keep your lower body to the floor at the same time. Balance on your legs and arms.
  2. Raise your head and look up.
  3. Slowly breathe out and assume the initial position. Try increasing the time you stay in the pose with each repetition.

Bow Pose

 

Dhanurasana, or the Bow Pose, is advised to all those who have backaches. This exercise helps stretch the whole spine and beautifully shapes your breasts:
  1. Lie on your stomach, breathe out, bend your knees, and raise them behind you to your head. Try holding your ankles with your hands.
  2. Now slowly breathe out again, and pull your legs and arms upwards as far as you can. Your hips and breasts should lift from the floor, and you should balance on your stomach.
  3. Try to stay in this position for 30 seconds.


Wheel Pose

 

Chakrasana, or the Wheel Pose, helps you stretch your thorax, spine, and neck, lifts fatigue, and cures headaches:
  1. Lie down on your back, and place your feet a bit more than shoulder width apart, then pull them to your buttocks.
  2. Put your hands behind your head palms down with your fingers pointing to your back. Breathe out and raise your breasts and hips as high as you can.
  3. Try straightening your arms completely. Stay in this position for 30 seconds.


Supported Headstand

 

Salamba Sirsasana, or the Supported Headstand, is helpful for the ligaments and muscles of the spine and thorax. It improves breathing and blood flow, but is advised for the experienced:
  1. Stand on your knees and put your forearms on the floor. Knit your fingers together to form a bowl, then put the top of your head on the mat so that the back of your head is in the ’bowl.’
  2. Bend your knees, breathe out, and raise your feet off the ground.
  3. Stretch your legs upwards, and stay like this for 30 seconds to 2 minutes, depending on your ability.

Camel Pose

 

Ustrasana, or the Camel Pose, is effective against backaches. It also increases the lung volume and strengthens the thorax:

  1. Stand on your knees and pull your feet together.
  2. Slowly bend backwards and put your hands on your heels. Then arch your back and stretch your ribs. Your head should be pulled to the floor.
  3. Stay like this for 30 seconds and assume the initial position.


Source: http://brightside.me/inspiration-health/seven-super-effective-yoga-poses-for-beautiful-breasts-176655/
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6 Effective Yoga Asanas To Treat Irregular Periods

Are your periods irregular or Do you suffer from obstructed menses? What if we told you that yoga can rid you from Irregular periods and obstructed menses? Well, it’s true! Yoga has many health benefits, and it can also help cure urinary infections and boost reproductive organ health, which in turn helps curb irregular periods. Without any further ado, let’s look at these asanas:
Yoga For Irregular Periods – 6 Effective Asanas:


1. Trikonasana (Triangle Pose): 

The triangle pose is the most beneficial pose for curbing irregular periods and obstructed menses. This sideways bending pose stimulates the reproductive organs (your ovaries and uterus), which leads to better secretion and in turn ensures timely periods.


To Perform The Trikonasana:
  1. Stand on the ground with your legs apart (ideally shoulder-width). Begin turning your right leg at a right angle to your body.
  2. Gently begin bending sideways until your palms touch the ground.
  3. Now, raise the left hand and look at the tips of your left hand’s fingers.
  4. Hold the pose for around 3-6 minutes.
  5. Return to the starting point.
  6. Repeat the asana (1).

2. Vajrasana (Diamond Pose):

This simple asana is great for digestion and to practice breathing exercises and meditation. The Vajrasana is called the diamond pose. Practicing the Vajrasana helps cure urinary problems and irregular periods by stimulating the ovaries and strengthening sexual organs.






To Perform The Vajrasana:

  1. Sit on the floor with your legs folded under your body.
  2. Ensure that you keep your spine straight.
  3. Close your eyes and place your right palm on your right knee and do the same for the left palm.
  4. Inhale deeply and think about the healthy air you breathe in.
  5. Count to 10 and release the inhaled air. Imagine the disorder leaving along with the carbon dioxide.
  6. Repeat the exercise for around 10 minutes and rest.
  7. With practice, you can consider extending the time to 15 or 20 minutes (2).

3. Tadasana (Mountain Pose):

Don’t let the name fool you. The mountain pose is probably the easiest yoga pose to exist. All you have to do is stand erect and gaze forward. Sounds simple, doesn’t it? This exercise helps stimulate reproductive organs and also triggers brain center activity of the menstrual hormone. This property makes Tadasana one of the best yoga poses to cure irregular periods and clear obstructed menses.

 

To Perform The Tadasana:
  1. Stand on the ground with your feet slightly apart.
  2. Your heels should be flat on the floor.
  3. Keep your hands by the body’s side.
  4. Gaze forward.
  5. Hold this position for 2-5 minutes.
  6. Rest (3).


 

4. Adho Mukhasvanasana (Downward Facing Dog Pose):

The Downward dog or the Adho Mukhasvanasana is a good cure in yoga for getting regular periods and helps energize the uterus, ovaries and the fallopian tubes. This pose helps enhance uterine blood flow and thus, is also a good cure for obstructed menses.




To Perform The Adho Mukhasvanasana:
  1. Go down on all fours. To perform this asana, sit on your fours.
  2. Begin raising your pelvis until your hands and legs straighten.
  3. Ensure that your knees and elbows aren’t bent.
  4. Hold the pose for 10-15 seconds.
  5. Gently go down to the starting position.
  6. Repeat (4).


5. Parsvottanasana (Pyramid Pose)

 This deep stretching yoga pose is quite effective in regularizing periods and clearing obstructed menses. Like most other poses mentioned here, the Parsvottanasana stimulates reproductive organs and instigates their normal functioning.



 



To Perform The Parsvottanasana:
  1. Begin by standing erect and putting one foot forward. The right foot should be about one foot away from the left one.
  2. Now, fold your arms behind the back.
  3. Begin bending forwards.
  4. Keep going until your chin touches your knee.
  5. Hold the pose for around 10-20 seconds.
  6. Return to the starting position and repeat with the left foot in front.


6. Prasarita Padottasana (Wide Legged Forward Bending Pose):

 This is another effective pose to relieve menstrual cramps and ease irregular periods. The Prasarita Padottasana helps stimulate the uterus and your ovaries. The pose compresses and stretches your reproductive organs.




To Perform The Prasarita Padottasana:

  1. Begin by standing straight keeping your feet at shoulder width.
  2. Bend forward gently until your hands can rest flat on the ground.
  3. Hold the pose for 15-20 seconds.
  4. The perfect position for the asana demands that you keep your knees straight, and you can work up to that level of flexibility gradually.
  5. Repeat, if required (6).



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23 Celebrities Who Swear By Yoga

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.

Practicing mind-body wellness is essential to maintaining balance, and the following 23 celebrities choose yoga to support their health and happiness from the inside out.

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 likes 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 likes 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 heals!


 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.



12. Madonna

 


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.


18. Beyonce



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 activeware 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,” the Victoria’s Secret model told Shape Magazine.


23. Sting



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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