Hillary Clinton and 7 other yoga devotees known for other pursuits
From wrestler Diamond Dallas Page to the New York Giants, these sun-saluting stars may surprise you.
Wed, Feb 12, 2014 at 12:45 PM
That Gisele Bundchen and Gwyneth Paltrow do yoga probably doesn’t come as much of a shock — especially since the rolled-up yoga mat surpassed pet dogs and Birkin bags as the celebrity accessory of choice years ago. But you may be surprised by these other celebrities who dig some downward dog.
1. Evander Holyfield
Evander Holyfield, the only four-time heavyweight champion in history, hung up his gloves and now devotes himself to pursuits that may seem atypical for a boxer who once claimed he punched a horse: He's currently working on a project to help Syrian refugees and in the meantime, practices yoga to help him stay focused.
2. The New York Giants
If anyone ever thought that yoga was reserved for serene, skinny, hippie dudes in baggy pants, just watch the video above. Call the debate officially resolved: "Real men" do yoga.
3. Hillary Clinton
Nobody ever said that being a former Secretary of State, U.S. senator, and first lady was easy. How did Hillary Clinton do it? One of her not-so-secret secrets is regular yoga, which she practices regularly to keep herself fit and replenish her energy.
4. Adam Levine
The lead singer of Maroon 5 and a judge on "The Voice" – not to mention 2013's "Sexiest Man Alive" – Adam Levine has been on the mat since 2006, practicing a custom yoga routine that keeps him muscular yet not "monster-like." And aside from chiseled arms, it also helps him deal with a mentally taxing career. "Playing a show before thousands of people is a highly unnatural state," he told Details, "and when I get on the mat to do an hour of yoga before the show, I come out physically relaxed."
5. Robert Downey Jr.
Former bad-boy-turned-leading-man, Robert Downey Jr. includes yoga in his regimen of exercise, massages, martial arts and herbal remedies. "I need a lot of support. Life is really hard, and I don't see some active benevolent force out there,” he told Time magazine. “I see it as basically a really cool survival game. You get on the right side of the tracks, and you now are actually working with what some people would call magic."
6. Jon Bon Jovi
He may be a rocking hair-metal heartthrob, but that hasn’t kept the Bon Jovi frontman from getting his namaste on. Swapping the elliptical, treadmill and weights for yoga in 2008, the "Blaze of Glory" rockstar claims he owes his 30-inch waist and lack of plastic surgery to the practice. Even more surprising, he’s become a muse. Master yoga trainer Sadie Nardini, director of the popular East West Yoga in NYC, created the "Bon Jovi Chant" in honor of the yogi Bon Jovi; see the mantra in action in the video above.
7. LeBron James
At 6’8” and 250 pounds, the NBA megastar doesn’t have the lithe and feline physique we often associate with yogis, but the man is hooked. "Yoga isn't just about the body, it's also about the mind and it's a technique that has really helped me," he says. "You do have to focus because there's some positions that can really hurt you at times if you aren't focused and breathing right." He adds, "I've been blessed with a lot of physical talent and a strong body. I have focused on working hard to maximize those gifts."
8. Diamond Dallas Page
Retired professional wrestler Diamond Dallas Page was once best known for his signatures moves – like A Trip to the Diamond Mine, the Gutwrench Gutbuster and the Pumphandle Backbreaker – but he will perhaps be remembered for his yoga. After years of injuries, Page developed a custom brand of exercise, DDP Yoga, which combines yoga with injury rehab and traditional workout principles. And while poses like Broken Table and Broken Airplane (see video above) may not have the same serene ring as traditional Lotus or Heron poses have, Page does remind us, after all, that this “ain’t your mama’s yoga.”
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