A follower of Buddhism, a Victoria Secret model, Miranda Kerr benefits greatly from regular yoga asana, one of her favorite being Wheel pose (urdhva dhanurasana) .”This is my absolute favourite pose because it gives me great energy. It’s an instant pick-me-up, like having a cup of coffee.” This pose opens the chest and lungs, tones and strengthens the arms and legs.
Madonna practices Ashtanga (aka astanga) yoga: which encourages more dynamic movements and transitions between the postures. Ashtanga yoga can be an effective cardio workout as well as a isometric bodyweight bearing exercise. Ashtanga yoga is meant to purify the body by cultivating an internal heat, or tapas, which allows toxins to burn off as the postures are practiced. In addition, it builds strength, flexibility and reduces stress. In fact, one of Madonna’s songs ”Shanti/Ashtangi” from her Ray of Light album features the Ashtanga Yoga mantra that is traditionally chanted before class. The star praised the practice, saying, “Yoga is a metaphor for life. You have to take it really slowly. You can’t rush. You can’t skip the next position. You find yourself in very humiliating situations, but you can’t judge yourself. You just have to breathe, and let go. It is a workout for your mind, you body and your soul.” Namaste to that — and to Madonna’s body.
Gisele Bundchen: the most famous supermodel in the world, told Vogue magazine that after giving birth, she regained her figure with nothing more than a yoga mat. Yoga is known to elongate and tone the muscles, and Gisele’s perfectly-sculpted body makes her a poster girl for the practice.
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