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Yoga has gained immense popularity in last couple of decades, changing the perception of the world about fitness and healthy living. While global celebrities do yoga and maintain top fitness in 40s and 50s, athletes practice the ancient Indian art to build strength and achieve overall wellness.
From being limited to Indian sages to becoming a global phenomena, yoga has witnessed a transition that very few health & wellness practices can boast of. To share some amazing examples of world renowned yogis, Ekattva Yogshala brings for you 11 famous athletes and celebrities who practice yoga daily & reap huge benefits. Have a look!
A popular American baseball player, Evan Longoria incorporated yoga in his lifestyle to improve his game, concentration & stability. While speaking on yoga during an interview with MLB, Longoria said, “To be strong in general doesn’t necessarily mean you’re going to be strong from a baseball standpoint. When you’re hitting, you want to be as stable as you can and use the three-dimensional aspect—the rotation in your core—to actually translate to power.” Regular practice of yoga not only builds immunity but also enhances performance, which is why renowned athletes have made it become part of their fitness regime.
Vernon Davis was once sent to the locker room during a game by his coach due to his bad attitude. That’s when he decided to adopt yoga in his life. Since then, things have changed much for the star athlete, and it’s largely due to Davis introducing yoga into his routine. Incorporating yoga in his life by joining Bikram yoga classes helped him stay balanced on and off the field. The yoga practicing athlete plays American football as a tight end.
A fantastic rebounder and post player, yoga helped Kevin Love achieve superior physical & mental fitness. Love, in a recent post on his Instagram handle said that “I was introduced to yoga 10 years ago after my Rookie season and it has helped me enhance my overall fitness and mental health. I’m thankful to be working with NIKE to help further such an important practice. Introducing Nike Yoga, designed for all athletes.” We can clearly see here that athletes and celebrities greatly benefit from yoga.
Sachin Tendulkar is known as the ‘God of Cricket’. He turned to yoga for keeping his body in top shape. Yoga for Sachin is not only about physical fitness; he looks at it as physical, mental, and spiritual practice. Yoga definitely increases concentration power, and the same allows us to remain calm, focused, & skillful. Yoga is a confidence building practice and improves mental agility too. No wonder celebrities and athletes do yoga to find balance between body and mind.
Yoga was born in India, but its roots have spread all over the world. Kate Hudson, is a globally known Hollywood Celebrity. The actress loves yoga so much that she has her own fitness apparel line called Fabletics. And why not, yoga is a habit that has no negative impacts if performed in a guided environment. Research and studies have proven that individuals who perform yoga retain a healthy body and a sharp mind as they age. Athletes who do yoga are more responsive as compared to others. In short, yoga is being seen as anti-aging formula by celebrities.
One of the most famous athletes who do yoga is Dirk nowitzki. Being a seven feet person, he manages to stay fit and strong and rarely got injured during his career. And the credit goes to his years of hard work & continuous yoga practice. Drik once said that “yoga for me is a therapy for my muscles, and my muscles need that more than anything”. This clearly shows how effective practice of yoga can be, whether he/she is a everyday person, athlete, or a celebrity.
When we talk about Indian celebrities who do yoga, Shilpa Shetty Kundra is the name which strikes our mind first. As an experienced yoga practitioner, she has launched several yoga videos to promote and endorse yoga. Talking about the benefits of yoga, Shilpa says, “You feel peaceful after doing yoga, and peace equals to happiness while keeping you fit.” Her 10 years challenge photograph says it all. So, we can assume that celebrities who do yoga are beautiful as well as fit!
Akshay Kumar is definitely amongst one of the most disciplined Bollywood celebrities who do yoga and meditation regularly. Being always in the media and working around the clock is challenging, which sometimes leads to stress. Thus it is very important to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Yoga, pranayama and meditation helps Akshay to relieve stress and anxiety. It is not only helps rejuvenate body but also reboots our thought processes. Yoga indeed is a proven way to connect the body and soul.
Jennifer is a American actress, film producer, and businesswoman. To manage a healthy lifestyle, she practices yoga daily and has retained a youthful look even in her fifties. “Yoga helps you prepare for everything”, the actress told E! News in one of her interviews, “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.” Age is just a number for the celebrity, and yoga has not only made her beautiful but her athletic agility has also been boosted.
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David Beckham, England’s star midfielder known for ‘Beckham’s Corner’ has found relaxation and strength through yoga. He fell in love with the yoga routine after a one-on-one lesson with Bikram Choudhury. Yoga has made him more flexible, strong & relaxed. All of us dream of a flexible and strong body, and practicing yoga daily helps us achieve the same while improving confidence and mental agility. That said, yoga is not just for celebrities or athletes; we also can gain a lot from practicing yoga daily.
Shikhar Dhawan is an Indian international cricketer. His mesmeric form has been a huge catalyst in India’s recent Champions Trophy victory in England. His moral principles related to his work has always been very clear, and yoga helped him develop a great thought process. Madan Sharma, Dhawan’s coach, in his interview told that how his impulsive behaviour is now reforming into a balanced one. Undoubtedly, yoga practice is a great tool for athletes to balance body and mind.
International yoga day was officially announced as on 21st June 2015 by United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) as proposed by the Prime Minister of India, Sh. Narendra Modi.
Yoga is beneficial for anyone to practice it. Thus, it is widely practiced by both men and women around the globe. Renowned athletes & celebrities have been practicing and promoting yoga even before it was officially declared by UN. All of us must practice yoga and experience the serenity it gives to mind, body and soul.
Let’s also note that Yoga is not just about fitness; it also helps discover a sense of oneness and connect with our inner-self, the world and the nature.
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