Even if you can’t bend yourself into a pretzel or defy gravity with masterful inversions (yet), admiring the craziest yoga poses on Instagram can be totally mesmerizing—not to mention, inspiring. After all, the most jaw-dropping poses around involve more than just flexibility, balance, and strength. They require confidence, trust, and practice, practice, practice.
Whether you’re just mastering the art of Savasana or you’re trying to take your Vinyasa flow to the next level, these 17 poses from some of the most impressive yogis on Instagram pretty much demand to be ogled over. Claire Ewing, instructor and studio marketing manager at CorePower Yoga, breaks them down—and if you’re ready for it, shares how to work toward mastering some of them yourself. (A quick disclaimer: This is obvious just from looking at them, but all of these are advanced yoga poses. If you want to try them, know your limits, start slowly, and enlist a trained yoga instructor for help you with the progressions. Never force your body into a position that causes pain.)
1. Standing Splits Against a Wall
This pose requires seriously flexible hamstrings (back of thighs) and glutes (butt muscles), says Ewing. (If you’re tight in those areas, try foam rolling first.) Opening your arms to the side also means the the lower part of your core needs to work harder to keep you stable.
2. Killer Praying Mantis
This super-bendy pose requires major flexibility. “The body is being opened in two different directions—a strong opening through the inner thighs and hip flexors, and then a big opening through the back quad,” says Ewing. The key? Don’t forget to breathe.
3. Headstand With Lotus Legs
Lotus pose gets flipped on its head here, literally. “This posture defines yoga—the ability to find strength and stability to nail a headstand, but also softening and opening to melt the lower half of your body into Lotus,” says Ewing. Open hips and a strong core are a must.
4. Split-Leg Handstand
“Inversions, which are postures with your head below your heart, require extreme balance and focus,” says Ewing. When you’re extending your legs in opposite directions like yogi Jessamyn Stanley, find a focal point to help you balance them out (think of it like a seesaw, she says).
5. Monkey Side Plank or One-Arm Compass
The arm balance in this pose requires strength throughout the side of your body, and lifting one leg overhead stretches that hamstring and iliotibial (IT) band (the band of fibrous tissue on the outside of the thighs), says Ewing. “I like this pose because it’s humbling—the combination of strength and flexibility keeps me on my A-game,” yoga instructor Kylan Fischer, who’s demonstrating the pose here, tells SELF. “When I add the extra challenge of lifting my gaze to the sky, it brings this pose to a whole new level.” (Her dog is working on it here, too.)
6. Handstand With Scorpion Legs
Handstands on their own require a ton of total-body strength, especially from your shoulders, core, and legs. A Scorpion variation ups the ante by bringing both feet into a backbend position above your head. To get there, you need to find your center of balance in the handstand and then hang onto that center of gravity as you bend back, says Ewing. To try this variation yourself, Ewing recommends starting on your forearms—it’ll provide a sturdier base while you practice.
7. Handstand With Eagle Legs
Eagle legs (and Eagle arms) are a mainstay in many yoga classes, but on your hands? Not so much. “The bind of the Eagle legs requires lots of core strength and the ability to draw everything into the midline of your body while standing on your hands,” says Ewing. If you’ve got a headstand down, you can start practicing the leg bind from there, she adds.
8. Fallen Angel
Fallen Angel is a variation of Side Crow, which is pretty challenging in its own right. If you’ve got that pose down, this requires an added element of core and leg strength to lift one leg to the sky—not to mention, it takes trust in yourself to lightly rest the side of your head on the ground and use your arms for balance, says Ewing.
9. Bound Side Crow
This pose also uses Side Crow as a foundation, with an incredible bind of the top leg behind the head. “Open glutes and hamstrings and a strong steady focus allows this posture to be mastered over time,” says Ewing.
10. One-Legged Forearm Wheel
This is a multi-step pose: Wheel on its own is an intense backbend, and lowering down to your forearms forces you to open up through your shoulders and triceps. Finally, bringing one leg to the sky requires core and leg strength, says Ewing. (It’s harder than it looks to get it straight up, too.) It’s important to breathe through every separate piece of the movement to get you to your final destination, says Ewing.
11. Supported Headstand With Extended Arms and a Twist
If this made you think, “Whoa,” Ewing is with you. “True core strength is required to pull into center and then twist the lower half of the body. Incredible!” she says. “This variation requires slow, controlled movement—any time you’re balancing on your head, it’s important to move carefully being mindful to protect the neck,” Robin Martin, the yoga instructor showing off her skills here, tells SELF. The extended arms challenge your balance even more.
12. Eight-Angle Pose
While this pose does take upper body strength and balance to master, it’s also a mental test. You have to be confident in driving your hips back, says Ewing. “Get playful! This posture is one that requires a lot of trust and also curiosity.”
13. Forearm Stand With Eagle Legs
Just like the handstand variation with Eagle legs, it requires skill and core strength to stay upright here. “There is a slight backbend in this variation, which really tests the ultimate strength of your lower core,” says Ewing.
14. Standing Splits With a Twist Variation
This is a balance and a flexibility test for yogis, says Ewing, especially when you’re hanging onto one foot. “To up the challenge level, your inner thighs and quads need to be open to bend the knee and find the grip on the lifted foot,” says Ewing.
15. Headstand With Lotus Legs and Extended Arms
This is a pretty impressive pose, says Ewing. Extending the arms requires upper body strength that doesn’t mess around, and your lower body has to be flexible and open to fold your legs over into Lotus. Note: A strong and healthy neck and spine are prerequisites for this pose, says Ewing.
16. Forearm Stand With Backbend
A strong back is essential in this pose—not just to get you up, but to hold you there, too. “Maintaining strength in the upper back allows you to melt your heart forward and dive into the backbend,” says Ewing. If you’re working on this pose yourself, start on your hands and use the wall to get comfortable before you go into the forearm variation.
17. Mermaid in Low Lunge
This pose requires open hips and a stable base to bend your back leg up toward your head, and the low lunge adds another element of difficulty. “This posture marries the flexibility of the back half of the body and the sturdiness of the front leg to keep everything pulled into the midline of the body,” says Ewing. It might be the closest thing there is to being an actual mermaid.
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- 3. Brian Miller – @brianmilleryoga
- 4. Kathryn Budig – @kathrynbudig
- 5. Taylor Harkness – @tjhark
- 6. Carson Clay Calhoun – @carsonclaycalhoun
- 7. Caitlin Turner – @gypsetgoddess
- 8. Honza & Claudine Lafond – @yogabeyond
- 9. Patrick Beach – @patrickbeach
- 10. Rachel Brathen – @yoga_girl
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- 7. Reese Witherspoon
- 8. Kaley Cuoco
- 9. Nicole Scherzinger
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- 1. David Beckham
- 2. Jessica Biel
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- 4. Beyonce
- 5. Mathew McConaughey
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- 11. Kate Hudson
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- 17. Tom Hanks
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- 20. Jeremy Piven
- 21. Miranda Kerr
- 22. Jessica Alba
- 23. Ashton Kutcher
- 24. Lady Gaga
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10 Instagram Yogis You Should Follow
We’ve known it for a while now—yogis just aren’t like everyone else. While our non-yogi friends use Instagram to snap selfies and culinary creations, we can be found marveling at the insane asanas mastered by the yogis of Instagram.
Whether you’re looking for inspiration, instructional videos, or just some good old fashioned yoga fun, these yogis will make a great addition to your Instagram feed.
1. Laura Sykora – @laurasykora
Credit: Laura’s Instagram
Who is she? Laura’s passion for yoga grew from a Level 1 Baron Baptiste Power Flow Yoga video—on VHS! Now a wife, mother, and “Instayogi” celeb with over 900,000 followers, she practices yoga daily to find stillness in her busy life. She’s also one half of the team over at Two Fit Moms, an awesome site Laura started with her fellow yogi and longtime best friend, Masumi Goldman. You can also follow Masumi on Instagram at @Masumi_G.
Why her followers love her: Her commitment to daily practice. You can count on Laura to post instructive photos of her practice every day. She also participates in Instagram yoga challenges to keep the inspiration flowing. As a bonus, the photos of Laura and her “mini” (like the one above) are some of the best yoga posts on Instagram.
2. Kerri Verna – @beachyogagirl
Who is she? Kerri is a yoga instructor who loves to teach on the beach! As a mother of two young boys, she understands the value of staying fit, which has led her to pursue five separate fitness certifications, including Pilates and Personal Training. She can usually be found on Instagram striking awesome yoga poses around West Palm Beach.
Why her followers love her: Her gorgeous beachside photos and her sunny personality. Her positive attitude shines through in her videos showing difficult group poses. As advanced and challenging as her asanas are, she makes them look doable and rewarding, inspiring her followers to push themselves just a little bit further each time they practice.
3. Brian Miller – @brianmilleryoga
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Who is he? After 15 years of boxing, Brian gave yoga a try, not knowing it would change his life. Inspired by his own transformation, Brian opened a studio at his home in Montreal and began teaching yoga online.
Why his followers love him: His inspirational attitude and accessible teaching style. Brian never hesitates to tell his followers when a pose he’s demonstrating is difficult, and that it’s okay if you don’t get it right! His Instagram page is full of words of wisdom, such as “Any single pose should never be an end goal. Instead it should be used as a key to open the door to something new.”
4. Kathryn Budig – @kathrynbudig
Photo credit: http://instagram.com/kathrynbudig/
Who is she? Kathryn is a foodie, yoga fanatic, and writes for publications like Yoga Journal, Gaiam, and MIndBodyGreen. She’s also the yoga expert at Women’s Health Magazine. When she’s not writing and traveling to teach at awesome festivals like Wanderlust, Kathryn can be found working on her project, Poses for Paws, a non-profit that raises money for animal shelters through yoga.
Why her followers love her: Her friendly attitude and super-cute dog photos! Kathryn posts quirky photos of her daily life, from hanging out with her pups in California to doing splits in front of the Eiffel Tower. Following Kathryn on Instagram is like following one of your best friends—who just happens to be an international yoga teacher and successful fitness writer.
5. Taylor Harkness – @tjhark
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Who is he? Taylor is a yoga instructor whose mission is to inspire his students to have fun on and off the mat. His classes are known for being upbeat and inspiring, and no one leaves his studio without a smile. In addition to being a great yoga teacher, Taylor is also an avid rock climber and self-proclaimed “hungry learner.”
Why his followers love him: His sweet personality and crazy flexibility! He’s the ultimate proof that flexibility doesn’t have to be barrier for guys who practice yoga. His posts do a great job balancing difficult poses with an upbeat, down to earth attitude and genuine appreciation for life.
6. Carson Clay Calhoun – @carsonclaycalhoun
Photo credit: http://instagram.com/carsonclaycalhoun
Who is he? Carson Clay Calhoun is a movement enthusiast and yoga instructor who got his start in yoga thanks to a nudge from his mom. Carson brings a unique blend of disciplines to his yoga classes, incorporating everything from dance to Indo Board Balancing.
Why his followers love him: His hilarious upside-down escapades. As a self-proclaimed Handstand-up Comedian and Inverted Beatboxer, Carson’s followers are never at a loss for yoga-related fun in their feed. He’s made it his Instagram mission to make upside-down #stopdropandbeatbox a thing, and we hope he succeeds!
7. Caitlin Turner – @gypsetgoddess
Photo credit: http://instagram.com/gypsetgoddess
Who is she? The name Gypset Goddess is a mash-up of “gypsy” and “jetset”, which says everything you need to know about this inspirational yogini. Based in Scottsdale, Arizona, Caitlin travels the world to teach and snap yoga photos in the most unusual places. She was also just made the host of Yoga Bliss on the Indonesia Channel.
Why her followers love her: Her unique travel photos and yoga fashion sense! Whether she’s doing a handstand on an airport moving walkway or meditatively posing atop an elephant, she’s always impeccably dressed in yoga pants. Her posts are fun and full of positive energy, and you never know where her poses will take her next!
8. Honza & Claudine Lafond – @yogabeyond
Photo Credit: http://instagram.com/yogabeyond/
Who are they? Honza and Claudine Lafond are the power couple behind YogaBeyond. Hailing from different parts of the globe—Claudine is from New York, Honza from the Czech Republic—these two bring their love for each other to their practice. Trust is a major component of their AcroYoga sessions, because it takes more than just strength to master the insane poses they’re famous for!
Why their followers love them: Their truly unbelievable AcroYoga photos. These two travel the world teaching AcroYoga, so they have plenty of opportunities to surprise their followers with mind blowing videos of their AcroYoga sessions. They’re also genuinely sweet, happy people, and an adorable couple, to boot.
9. Patrick Beach – @patrickbeach
Photo credit: http://instagram.com/patrickbeach
Who is he? Patrick Beach’s yoga journey began with a bet. His dad bet that Patrick couldn’t learn to do a handstand; Patrick proved him wrong. Not only did he win, he became so addicted to handstands that he specializes in teaching inversion poses.
Why his followers love him: His great inversion tips and inspirational posts! Patrick’s method is all about feeling your body’s location in physical space and connecting the mind and body. His posts inspire his followers to approach inversions with patience and wonder—which meshes perfectly with his occasional cat photos and frequent beard-related humor.
10. Rachel Brathen – @yoga_girl
Photo credit: http://instagram.com/yoga_girl
Who is she? Swedish-born Rachel Brathen is a longtime instructor whose courses focus on dynamic Vinyasa Flow methods, bringing alignment and breathing techniques together with creative sequences. After mastering this yoga style on land, Rachel became one of the first instructors to take her practice out to sea with Stand Up Paddle Board Yoga.
Why her followers love her: Her peaceful photos and personal touches. Her yoga photos have a serene and joyful quality that’s easy to fall in love with. As one of her followers, you feel like a friend, since she’s totally unafraid of getting personal on Instagram. She even posted pictures and videos from her beautiful wedding in June.
Who are the yogis you follow on Instagram? Let us know below!
Title image credit: Rachel Brathen
Use These 6 Pro Tips to Take the Perfect Yoga Photo
If you love practicing yoga, or have the slightest bit of interest in starting your own practice, your Instagram feed is most likely flooded with beautiful and inspiring yoga photos. It’s incredible the magic that so many yogis create in their yoga photos!
To capture the perfect yoga photos, you don’t need an expensive camera, nor do you need a professional photographer. All you need is your phone and your imagination.
Want to learn how to take the perfect yoga photo every time? These simple photography tips will have you taking yoga photos like a pro!
Follow These 6 Pro Tips to Take the Perfect Yoga Photo:
These six tips will help you take the perfect yoga photo – anywhere, anytime – and curate a beautiful Instagram profile along the way.
1. It May Be Obvious But Prep Before You Pose
Getting into a more advanced pose for a photo can be tempting, but knowing your body is the first step to taking that perfect photo. Just as you would in your normal yoga practice, stretch and prepare before diving into the pose. It’ll help you access the pose safely and correctly. Taking time to warm up is obvious but an important reminder for us all.
Pro Tip: Check out some of these stretches that can always be incorporated into your practice!
2. Consistency Is Key
Like many successful Instagram influencers do, maintain consistency throughout your Instagram feed by capturing multiple photos in a single location, outfit, colorways, etc – this makes posting throughout the week much easier. Be intentional about creating a consistent theme or filter all throughout your Instagram feed.
Pro Tip: Use your favorite photo editing application to choose a single filter to apply to all of your photos and keep your theme and aesthetic consistent.
3. Create Balance In Composition
Balance in composition means that a photo is balanced and harmonious in all of its elements. You want to aim for symmetry, whether’s in an obvious form, or a more creative expression of balance in what the shot features.
Balance comes in many forms: from the objects that are being portrayed, to abstract aspects like colors, light and shadows, lines, etc.
Pro Tip: Check out these Instagram profiles for inspiration:
4. Explore Your Camera Settings
It might sound obvious, but before you take your photo, clean your camera lens. If you have an iPhone 7 or higher, your phone should have the portrait mode option). If you have an older iPhone, High Dynamic Range (HDR) is the best option.
Do some quick research on Google and YouTube about tips for taking photos with your specific device. Explore the different settings you can use for both taking and editing a photo. There are plenty of great tutorials on YouTube for any device out there. It doesn’t take much digging to find a quick and helpful tutorial with plenty of valuable guidance.
Pro Tip: Many yogis use timers or video to capture their practice in motion. If a 10-second timer isn’t enough, take a video and screenshot your favorite still (or stills) throughout.
5. Embrace the Basics
Sure, photos of yogis with crazy flexibility are beautiful to look at, but don’t think it’s the only option for taking the perfect photo. Striking a simpler pose like Warrior I or even Easy Seated Pose with a mudra can be just as beautiful too.
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To make a simple pose more interesting, focus on the location or the things you surround yourself with in the photo. Sometimes, the simpler, the better.
Pro Tip: Don’t be afraid to utilize the same pose in multiple photos at multiple locations – it can be a great way to create consistency in your posts (see #2).
6. Consider the Lighting
Probably the most important aspect of taking a great photo is the lighting. Try to take your yoga photos during ‘golden hour’ – you’ve got two time slots per day: one hour after sunrise, and one hour before sunset. This is that perfectly lit time of day when the lighting is soft and makes everything look magical.
Pro Tip: Use a reflector to help you achieve that ‘golden hour’ lighting any time of day.
Now You’re Ready to Take Yoga Photos Like a Pro!
Whether you’ve been practicing yoga for ten years or you’re just beginning to dive in, a teacher or a student, a yogi who wants to grow their Instagram following or just someone who wants to track progress, taking the perfect yoga photo can be rewarding not only for you, but also for your followers.
Everyone’s practice is different, and everyone has something different to offer to the yoga community. Sharing your yoga photos shares a little piece of you and your practice to the world, so don’t be afraid to be yourself, and have fun doing it!
Have questions or additional tips to share? Please comment below!
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Celebrity parents and the bizarre ‘cheating’ scandal
Image copyright Reuters Image caption Actors Felicity Huffman and William H Macy at the Golden Globe Awards in January
A network of affluent parents were this week accused of using audacious practices to secure their children places at elite US universities. What exactly is alleged?
“What we do is we help the wealthiest families in America get their kids into school.”
It was quite the mission statement.
The words were spoken by the alleged kingpin of United States’ biggest ever university admissions scam, William “Rick” Singer, according to prosecutors.
He was making a pitch to a potential client, a wealthy New York lawyer, explaining the ways to get his child into a prestigious university.
There were the normal channels – which rich people did not want to be “messing around with”, he said. And then there was the back door and the side door.
The back door necessitated contributing to “institutional advancement” – ie family connections or a multi-million-dollar donation, such as funding a new building, which is all legal.
But the side door – the one that Singer had his foot jammed in and has drawn the attention of the authorities – was more accessible.
He could guarantee success, he said. All you had to do was make a “financial commitment”.
Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Police named their investigation after the 1999 film Varsity Blues, starring James Van Der Beek
On Tuesday, reams of FBI documents were unsealed from “Operation Varsity Blues”, an investigation named after a 1990s film about the pressures of sports scholarships.
The case looked at a period between 2011 and 2018, when, according to the authorities, $25m in bribes were paid by people looking to sneak around the usual university admittance process.
Fifty people – including 33 parents and various sports coaches – were indicted.
“I have never seen anything like this,” Lenore Pearlstein, publisher of Insight Into Diversity magazine, which is dedicated to making higher education and business more inclusive in the US. “The depth of it, the number of people involved, the amounts of money. It’s mindboggling.”
It feels like a “slap in the face” for those genuinely trying to make change, she told the BBC.
Among the most jaw-dropping revelations was the alleged involvement of Hollywood actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin.
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“Ruh roh!” as Huffman might say.
The authorities alleged the star of TV series Desperate Housewives using this Scooby Do expression in email exchanges with Singer.
According to the FBI, she was responding to news – in October 2017 – that her daughter’s school wanted to use their own exam invigilator, rather than a compromised one who would be able to boost her scores.
She allegedly emailed her concerns to Mr Singer. “We will speak about it,” he reportedly replied.
Image copyright Reuters Image caption William “Rick” Singer has pleaded guilty to charges
Rick Singer, a Californian life coach in his late 50s, presented himself as an expert in the university admissions process.
He wrote books about it, including the self-published Getting In: Gaining Admission to Your College of Choice, which opened with an inspirational quote from Nelson Mandela.
However, he kept his more illicit techniques within a closer circle.
The FBI has traced his scam back to 2011. It is not known if this was a particular turning point in his three-decade career.
In 2014, he founded a non-profit organisation called Key Worldwide, which claimed to help “disadvantaged students around the world”. The website said it would “open doors” for young people escaping troubles such as gang violence.
However, according to the authorities, the organisation functioned as a slush fund. It became a façade through which payments could be funnelled as “charity donations”. Singer pocketed some of the cash and paid the rest in bribes to those who could help him get the results he guaranteed.
Over time he had developed two possible paths to success. One would involve manipulating exam results. The other would involve securing special treatment – most typically via faked sporting prowess.
According to the FBI, the two Hollywood actresses went down separate routes.
Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Felicity Huffman (left) pictured alongside her Desperate Housewives co-stars in 2006
Huffman, Macy and the ‘exam plot’
The authorities claim that Felicity Huffman knew she needed to send her oldest daughter to a specific exam centre in West Hollywood to follow the plan. Hence the “ruh-roh” when it nearly went wrong.
Singer had connections there.
It is alleged that he would typically suggest his clients faked learning disabilities for their children and then, once they got a medical certificate, they would be granted extra time and could make a more believable case for switching to external exam centre.
Huffman had allegedly already secured 100% extra time for her daughter’s SAT (college entrance) exam. It is unclear how.
Apparently, this was not enough.
The next step involved bringing in someone else to take the test for her.
Singer often used the services of a man called Mark Riddell. He was in his mid-30s, an ex-tennis professional, and the director of college entrance exam preparation at a boarding school in Florida.
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According to the FBI, he would fly in, take the test for students in a hotel room, or sneak them the correct answers in the exam room, or inflate their scores when they finished. Sometimes he would be given a sample of the teen’s handwriting so he could copy it.
Riddell did not know the questions in advance, according to Andrew Lelling, US attorney for the District of Massachusetts. He was “just a really smart guy”.
Image copyright IMG Academy Image caption Mark Riddell has pleaded guilty and apologised
It is not yet known how Huffman first came into contact with Singer.
In 2017, he visited the Los Angeles home she shares with her long-term partner, William H Macy, the star of Shameless and Fargo, the court documents say.
The couple – who met in the early 80s and married in 1997 – are not usually caught in negative headlines. Macy’s hobbies reportedly include woodturning and playing the ukulele, while Huffman has been running a wholesome parenting site, What The Flicka, based on her childhood nickname.
They have been known to post loving messages to each other on social media.
Early on Tuesday morning, FBI agents turned up at their door.
Only Huffman was indicted. The crime she stands accused of relates to mail fraud, which is when communication methods are used to conduct a scheme that intentionally deprives another of property or honest services. Macy has not been charged.
Neither has commented publicly.
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The couple made a $15,000 payment to the Key Worldwide Foundation for their older daughter’s exam scheme, according to court documents.
In an art-mirrors-life twist, it was the exact same amount that Huffman’s character in Desperate Housewives had paid to a headmaster in an episode about corrupt schools admissions.
In real life, her older daughter’s exam score jumped 400 points – a huge leap – after Singer’s involvement, it is claimed.
If those claims are proven, Huffman and Macy appear to have secured a bargain. Many people paid hundreds of thousands for Singer’s help. He usually paid $10,000 to the surrogate test-taker alone.
Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The sailing coach at Stanford University has been fired for alleged involvement
The sports scam
Academic manipulation was only one side of this story, and the alleged sports scam was even more outrageous.
Singer was taking students with no prowess, and turning them into sporting stars on their applications, it is claimed.
In some cases he would arrange for their heads to be Photoshopped on to more sporty bodies. In others, their basic stats would be manipulated – one basketball player had his height changed from 5ft 5in to 6ft 1in, presumably betting on a once-you’re-in-you’re-in outcome.
Police found their first strong piece of evidence of this scheme during a wiretapped encounter in a hotel room in Boston, Massachusetts, according to the Boston Globe.
The newspaper says that investigators had been working on an entirely different story – alleged fraud in the stock market – when they received an unexpected tip.
A financial executive told them a sports coach from Yale University, Rudolph “Rudy” Meredith, asked for a bribe to help the businessman’s daughter gain admittance to the Ivy League school.
The executive agreed to wear a recording device and meet Meredith, who then offered to designate the young woman as a member of his soccer team.
Meredith – as well as Singer and Riddell – have been working with the police, hoping to reduce their sentences.
Sports bring in such huge amounts of money and prestige to US universities that they will often lower academic requirements to bring in new talent.
“Student athletes often have excellent leadership qualities and excel both in the classroom and on the field, recognising that makes sense for colleges looking for the best students,” says Eric Yaverbaum, author of Life’s Little College Admissions Insights.
“The hard work it requires to be a student athlete is what makes the fact that some of these parents took advantage of this route so disturbing. It’s appalling that some parents and coaches betrayed those students by buying and selling those coveted positions.”
Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Lori Loughlin with her daughters in West Hollywood last year
The daughters of Full House actress Lori Loughlin and fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli were not outstanding sportswomen.
However, the couple allegedly spent $500,000 to get them into University of Southern California by presenting them as accomplished rowers. They have not commented since the charge were filed.
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After getting her place, their youngest daughter, Olivia Jade, made matters worse by bragging online, saying she would rather be concentrating on her Instagram career. She is an influencer and has 1.3 million followers.
“I don’t know how much of school I’m gonna attend but I’m gonna go in and talk to my deans and everyone, and hope that I can try and balance it all,” she said on her YouTube channel. “But I do want the experience of like game days, partying… I don’t really care about school, as you guys all know.”
She has since apologised for her comments, but the backlash has been huge.
It is not clear how much any of the children knew about the alleged plots. According to the court documents, some were involved, at least to a certain degree, while others were in the dark.
” is a perfect example of the entitlement that comes with wealth and privilege,” adds author Eric Yaverbaum.
“We knew the system was unfair (after all, wealthy parents can pay for multiple test retakes and expensive tutoring, and the wealthiest can pledge large donations to a school just as their children are applying), but we didn’t know wealthy parents were taking it even further. In either case, it only reiterates the need for the admissions process to be re-evaluated.”
In recent days, the US media has uncovered that Loughlin’s Full House character, Aunt Becky, was also involved in a school cheating story – perhaps indicating just how common the idea is, at least in theory.
In real life, however, the story unfolding in the news has outdone the scriptwriters.
Though the focus may have been on the two actresses so far, the rest of the cast of real-life characters is almost as intriguing.
Other parents indicted include a self-help author, a casino operator and a Napa Valley vineyard owner.
One of the many questions outstanding is – who will play whom in the inevitable TV adaptation?
10 Celebrities Who Do Yoga (Part 1)
The practice of yoga among your favorite stars may no longer be something new BUT some of these celebrity yogis may still come as a surprise. Here’s another list of celebrities who do yoga:
1. Gisele Bündchen
On top of her regular exercise, supermodel Gisele Bundchen stays in shape with the help of yoga. Bundchen started doing yoga at the age of 12, the same age she started doing Kenpo and Tai Chi. She practices the Anusara yoga every morning and couples it with meditation and healthy eating.
2. Gwyneth Paltrow
Although not a morning person, Gwyneth Paltrow sees to it that she wakes up at 4:30 am to practice yoga. The 41-year old star practices yoga every morning for six days a week. She’s also quoted to have said this about her practice:
“… yoga has completely changed me. I try to do it every day, and the effect is amazing. It’s not just during the hours that I’m practicing. It’s about how it filters through into the rest of my life. It makes all the other bullsh*t dissipate. Who I am has emerged, and everything else has gone by the wayside.”Source: UberHoliday
3. Jennifer Aniston
It is the combination of yoga and other workouts that got Jennifer Aniston in shape for her movie Wanderlust. She also turned to yoga while preparing for her upcoming wedding with Justin Theroux. Aniston claims that the practice keeps her in check and is her go-to practice when she needs to prepare physically and mentally for anything.
4. Christy Turlington
Known as a huge advocate of yoga, supermodel Christy Turlington has been a yogi since her teenage years. In an interview with Oprah, Turlington states that the breathing techniques she learned from yoga helped her ease the pain of natural childbirth. According to her, natural childbirth comes in a different level of pain and it was her breathing that helped her manage that.
5. Jessica Biel
Mrs. Timberlake has the body to die for and this doesn’t come as surprise. Jessica Biel has been squeezing yoga practices for several days in a week, mixing it with hiking, weight lifting, and biking. She told Elle Magazine, “Yoga is a constant for me because it keeps my muscles long and flexible.”
6. Hilaria Thomas Baldwin
To say that Hilaria is a huge yoga enthusiast is an understatement. She’s an instructor herself who managed to recruit her husband, Alec Baldwin, for a couple’s workout portion in her yoga DVD. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Baldwin thanked his wife for the positive impact on his health, renewed energy, and even with weight loss.
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7. Reese Witherspoon
As if her schedule as an actress, mom, and entrepreneur (she runs a production company) isn’t enough, Reese makes time to keep her health in check. Aside from her 3-4 times a week run, the actress practices yoga one to three times a week, whether it’s joining a 90-minute class or having a private yoga session in her home.
8. Kaley Cuoco
The Big Bang Theory star is a true blue yogi. Kaley once said that she loved the feeling after doing yoga that sometimes she gets into back-to-back yoga classes. Her Twitter and instagram accounts can attest to that!
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9. Nicole Scherzinger
She’s been snapped by paparazzi a couple times before when she was doing yoga on the beach. But instead of getting pissed about it, since then she’s also posted her own yoga selfies. Maybe she figured if they’re going to get yoga pics of her, might as well be at a time, location, and wardrobe of her choice?
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10. Katy Perry
Just like her former husband Russell Brand, Katy turned to meditation and yoga to help her cope with the breakup. Two months after finalizing their divorce, Perry tweeted about the group meditation that she joined and how it changed her life. Celebrity or not, yoga and meditation are indeed life changing.
Despite their crazy schedules, these celebrities were able to squeeze in yoga practice to keep their mental and emotional health, fitness, and even sanity on check. So, what’s stopping you from doing the same?
Generally, people set their first impressions of celebrities on the basis of their physical attractiveness. Celebrities, being part of the mass media, where their physical appearance (if not all) is a major chunk of their overall personality. Due to these reasons, stars have to follow a strict fitness routine to keep themselves in proper shape at all times. But the pressure to “look good always” can take a toll on their mental health. Hence, maintaining body-mind wellness becomes essential to them.
To feel and look good, our favorite celebrities practice yoga religiously. Here we have assembled a list of all the famous celebrities that are totally hooked on yoga.
He may not be a professional football player anymore but, the 43-year-old icon is still a health-conscious individual who lives a healthy life. His personal trainer, Shona Virtue introduced Bikram yoga to his lifestyle.
By practicing this kind of yoga on a regular basis, the former athlete has become more flexible, relaxed, and even stronger. Reportedly, he has also practiced couple’s power yoga with his wife – Victoria Beckham for deepening the relationship with his wife.
For most celebrities, yoga is all about enhancing their physical appearance but for Beil yoga is much more than simply improving her physique.
According to Biel, breathing, which is an important aspect of yoga, helps her become more connected with both her body and mind in a way that is impossible otherwise. She once confessed that yoga helped her “find herself in 20s”.
Known for being a runner, the Legally Blonde actress has found a new interest which is yoga!
If you are interested in Reese’s yoga workout, then you must know that whenever she is in her hometown – Santa Monica, California – she participates in weekly 90-minute classes at Yoga Hop.
The stunning actress revealed that her favorite yoga pose is the side-angle pose as it helps strengthen and stretches her legs and chest respectively.
Many people may not know, this but the reason behind Beyonce’s gorgeous body is not her genes but her indulgence in yoga and meditation!
Do you know the secret of McConaughey’s fitness? Yoga exercises!
The Academy Award-winning actor likes to believe that his regular yoga and meditation is responsible for his great body and relaxed mind. The fitness enthusiast is often clicked by paparazzi, practicing mainly yoga on the California beach.
But that’s not it.
The 41-year-old actor is into pushups, sprints, press-ups, one-legged squats, and kettlebell work as well.
Famous for her role Rachel Green in the most popular sitcom “Friends”, Jennifer Aniston has a body to die for. The gorgeous actress revealed that she loves doing an intense workout early in the morning.
Her workout regimen includes – spin yoga, interval training, and climbing at Rise Nation. A daily workout helps her become healthy, holistic, and comfortable in her own skin.
t is hard to believe that Downey is 65 although he looks more like he is in his 30’s. You may wonder what keeps him so young and fresh. Well, it is all because of yoga!
8. Vanessa Hudgens
If you thought that the reason behind Hudgen’s radiant beauty and toned body is her active and healthy lifestyle, well you’re right. Including many things that she does to maintain her body, Hudgens swears by her yoga classes.
To her, yoga is “therapy” which has helped her to stay centered and focused. After filming an intense role in “Gimme Shelter”, the Disney child star couldn’t “recognize” herself and yoga helped her get back to her former self.
9. Kaley Cuoco
Cuoco is a hard-core yogi. And her inspiring yoga photos on Instagram are a testament to that!
10. Adam Levine
All men out there – if you want to build a sexy toned body like Adam Levine then do what he does. Practice yoga every day.
The Maroon 5 lead singer performs a variety of yoga poses, developed especially for him by his personal yoga coaches.
Some of the popular yoga poses that the popular singer indulges in include Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Jivamukti, Iyengar, etc. Practicing yoga on a regular basis has boosted Levine’s strength, flexibility, patience, and endurance.
11. Kate Hudson
If there is any celebrity that can pull off advanced yoga moves like a pro, it is none other than Kate Hudson!
Did you know that while pregnant, the bonafide star did not give up on her yoga exercises? For a “first-trimester photo shoot”, the Fabletics founder balanced on a yoga wheel with her feet in the air. Expert yogis tell that a yoga wheel is essential for stretching out both your back and chest.
Hudson’s amazing yoga-toned body, is indeed, an inspiration to many.
12. Nicole Scherzinger
The American singer, actress, and TV personality is a yoga pro in the truest sense of the word. You’ll often see online photos of her practicing yoga in quiet, calm beaches, inspiring us to no end!
13. Justin Timberlake
Do you wonder how Justine Timberlake, with such a busy schedule, is able to stay on top of his fitness game? That’s with mommy-daddy workouts that he practices with his super smart wife- Jessica Biel. Both Timberlake and Biel are fitness freaks who enjoy doing yoga together.
Isn’t that awesome?
14. Katy Perry
Katy Perry may be introduced to yoga much later in her life but she was quick to appreciate how it has been “life-changing” after her divorce from his former husband Russell Brand.
Madonna may be famous for her hit singles in the 80s, but in recent times the Queen of Pop is making headlines for her yoga regimen. The youth icon of her time regards yoga a metaphor for life.
She also has some advice for all the yogis out there who may be just starting out – “You have to take it really slowly. You can’t rush. You can’t skip to the next position. You just have to breathe, and let go. It is a workout for your mind, your body, and your soul.”
16. Hilary Duff
The Lizzie McGuire star has managed to keep herself fit and smart despite having two kids. A regular yoga session along with other forms of exercises have had helped her stay physically and mentally healthy.
17. Tom Hanks
The 63-year-old actor, who has won millions of hearts with his stellar performances, doesn’t shy away from disclosing how practicing yoga has lessened his physical pain and made him a stronger man.
18. Gwyneth Paltrow
Although Paltrow is not a morning person, she manages to wake up at dawn and practice her yoga. She follows her yoga regimen early in the morning for six days a week.
You go, girl!
19. Christy Turlington
Did you know that the supermodel has been a yogi since her teenage days? And she proudly continues to be one.
For Christy, giving up on yoga is no option. And we agree!
20. Jeremy Piven
When he is not on sets, Piven spends his time on the mat, and that is totally a win-win situation. Now you know how you can make the most of your free time.
21. Miranda Kerr
It’s no surprise that Miranda Kerr performs yoga daily, considering that she has a stunning body. Kerr admits that for the past 15 years, yoga has been the core reason for her overall wellness.
22. Jessica Alba
You must have seen the critically acclaimed actress coming out of her LA yoga studios. This is where the Fantastic Four actress spends most of her “me time”, doing what she loves most – Yoga!
Alba has shared that yoga has helped strengthen both her body and mind which is why it is her most favorite type of workout.
23. Ashton Kutcher
The No Strings Attached actor revealed that he started practicing yoga with his ex-wife – Demi Moore and hasn’t stopped since then. Bikram yoga and Krav Maga has helped him achieve mental clarity and desired body shape.
24. Lady Gaga
Tricia Donegan – the personal trainer of Lady Gaga revealed that the megastar’s “success is down to yoga”. The provocative and unconventional singer has been doing Bikram yoga before she even became famous and has continued to keep up her yoga practice till now.
25. Russell Brand
After his breakup with Katy Perry, the award-winning English comedian, actor, writer, and presenter leaned toward the famous eastern practice – yoga – to achieve overall peace.
Brand proudly shared that he is much happier due to yoga and meditation.
Despite their super hectic schedules, these celebrities have been able to devote some time to regular yoga sessions. The question is – what’s keeping you from doing the same?
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Doing yoga teacher training in Morocco last year was, Nathalie wrote on Instagram, “one of the most incredible and transformative experiences of my life.” This Game of Thrones star sure does look like she’s got her splits down.
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Adam described on Instagram just how positive of an impact yoga has on his life. “I have never been pretzel-ish or particularly flexible. And my practice is riddled with mistakes and imperfections,” the Maroon 5 singer wrote. “Which is precisely what makes it so powerful.”
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Tree pose, anyone? Through this Desperate Housewives star doesn’t post about yoga frequently, she did share this Instagram last year as well as an acro-yoga photo in 2016 taken with instructor Craig Fields.
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Here, Nikki’s husband, Ian Somerhalder (from the binge-worthy Vampire Diaries), helped her out with some acro-yoga. She really is quite the acro-yoga enthusiast. In the post, she thanked him for encouraging her to train with “some of the best Acro teachers in the world, because he knows how much joy I get from this practice.”
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Jessica has partnered with yoga company Gaiam as its brand ambassador for product releases and her very own clothing line. She’s posted about the partnership before, writing, “I’ve been in love with yoga for years.”
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Watch this adorable video of Reese doing Downward Dog with what looks like her French Bulldog named Pepper. Everyone deserves a pup who tries to join in on their yoga flows!
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Along with yoga, Emma has also posted Instagrams of her in Pilates class. Namaste, Emma, namaste.
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If you scroll through Gisele’s feed, you can see that the model is quite the yogi and is also into meditation. Check out her powerful Warrior 2 from 2017!
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We think Beyoncé should break out a Wheel pose like this while performing on stage (even if this post is from 2014), don’t you?
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Kate balancing on this yoga wheel is how we want our Summer to go: slow and controlled.
10 Famous Men Who Do Yoga
Who doesn’t love a yoga guy? There’s just something about men doing yoga that makes us love them even more.
It’s even better when your favorite celebri-guy is all about his time on the mat. So just for you, here are 10 famous men who do yoga.
1. Robert Downey, Jr.
Iron Man? More like Yoga Man!
Robert Downey, Jr. was arrested in 2001 on drug charges, but amazingly managed to kick his addiction and has stayed clean ever since. One of his addiction managing habits? Yoga!
We’re proud of you, Iron Man, and you look even cooler than we previously thought you could when you carry around a yoga mat.
2. Woody Harrelson
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Woody Harrelson, snarky Hunger Games mentor and dog-loving gangster in 7 Psycopaths loves his Downward Dog, too.
Harrelson stays pretty much off the Hollywood grid at his home in Hawaii, and we can totally see why. What better place to get your asana on than a nice Hawaiian beach?
3. Russell Brand
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That yoga scene in Forgetting Sarah Marshall wasn’t so far off!
Russell Brand is a devoted yogi, teacher, and meditator, and has been spotted kickin’ it with Kundalini master Gurmukh. Maybe someday you’ll be lucky enough to plant your mat next to his.
4. Adam Levine
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Another obvious yogi is Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine.
He loves his practice almost as much as his music. Apparently when performing with Maroon 5, he has a specific yoga room so he can practice. And, that awesome physique is all due to the power of our favorite practice.
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Call the Police, cause Sting does yoga!
Sting loves doing yoga to relieve the stress of touring. And we couldn’t agree more. We’re so excited that he’s on this yoga journey with us.
We’ll be watching you…
6. Zachary Quinto
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How does Dr. Spock/Heroes villain Sylar (sorry, is my nerd showing?) relax? With a little time on the mat, of course! He seems to really love his mat, and we love him even more because of it.
7. Matthew McConaughey
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Hollywood’s resident beach bum and true California guy stays fit with some yoga on the beach. Check out his Hero’s Pose.
He’s a yoga hero to us!
8. Jon Bon Jovi
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Jon Bon Jovi isn’t just living on a prayer, he’s living on an Om. The New Jersey rocker has turned to yoga in the past few years in order to relax and de-stress while on tour. Maybe that’s how he’s stayed looking so young!
9. Alec Baldwin
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The 30 Rock star may not look like a yogi in the photo above, be he definitely does yoga with his yoga teacher wife, Hilaria. He credits her with getting him fitter and happier through yoga, and that can only be a good thing!
10. Colin Farrell
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What does Irish bad-boy Colin Farrell do to unwind? I think you know the answer by now! He hits his mat, of course! And we love him for it.
Who’s your favorite celebrity yogi? Share with us below!
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12 Sexy Male Celebrities Crushing It at Yoga
What makes a guy attractive? A guy who plays sports? A dude who can cook? The one who owns the hottest car? Or maybe it’s the guy who practices yoga?
Male celebs already have it going on – they know how to dress and how to act in front of a camera, but then we throw yoga into the mix, and it boosts their allure to a whole new level!
Just take a look at these famous male celebrities who love to get their Down Dog on:
Robert Downey Jr.
Long before Robert Downey Jr. became our famed Iron Man, he’s been a yoga man. Fun fact: yoga is one of Iron Man’s secrets to staying clean after he got arrested for drugs back in 2001. To Downey, yoga is kind of like a “cool survival game” rather than a “benevolent force” in the context of his recovery and commitment to a healthy lifestyle.
Soccer legend David Beckham’s fitness + wellness secret is Bikram yoga. He and his lovely Victoria have been doing power yoga classes for couples since 2009. Seems like the words ‘couples who hit the mat together, stay together’ still apply! It’s one of their secrets to staying healthy and happily in love.
Named as one of the sexiest man alive, it’s obvious that Maroon 5 star Adam Levine hits the gym every day. But did you know that he’s also a certified yogi, too? He’s enthusiastic when it comes to yoga. He even has his own room where he does at least an hour of yoga before he performs with the band!
Lebron James is a beloved pro basketball player who says that his dedicated yoga practice has helped keep him strong and injury-free for his athletic career. Here he’s pictured leading a youth yoga class at the Nike Basketball Academy.
The Hunger Games mentor Woody Harrelson is known as the “Godfather of Hollywood’s modern health movement.” He’s really into yoga and healthy living – in fact, he’s been dairy-free for 30 years, and this yogi has lived for years on an organic farm with his family.
We’ve known Orlando Bloom from the Lord of the Rings trilogy as beautiful Legolas. This motorcycle riding male celeb has extensive training in horseback riding and archery, and he’s proven that outdoor activities can mix well with yoga, too!
Another famous yoga-loving star is Justin Timberlake. He was spotted a few times doing yoga on a boat ride with his wife Jessica Biel. Guess he was casted in Yogi Bear for a reason!
Remember Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Russell Brand’s yoga moves? Well, news flash, he’s actually a yoga teacher and meditator off cam. He’s told inspiring stories about his times as a drug and alcohol addict, and now he’s been clean for more than a decade. Brand also has his own yoga studio to help other recovering addicts.
Actor, producer, Golden Globe winner and three consecutive Emmy award winner, Jeremy Piven practices yoga for balance. He’s on the mat for a couple of hours when he’s not on-screen. To him, it’s never too late to look and feel clean inside and out.
California celebs really love doing yoga in the beach – just take a look at Matthew McConaughey! He can switch from doing a hundred pushups and running to being a mobile yoga-lover. Like many of the other celebs on this list, he’s all about mindfulness.
Irish hunk Colin Farrell thinks yoga is “all about the body” – it’s what makes him love this exercise ritual even more! He’s into Bikram yoga, which is why he gets out of his class in West Hollywood shirtless and drenched in sweat.
Down to earth, Sting keeps his life balanced through Tantra, Jivamukti and Ashtanga yoga. He and his wife Trudie Styler practice yoga both as couples and individuals. Male celeb Sting preaches clean eating, too, and spends a lot of time at his own organic farm in Italy.
Despite their busy celebrity lifestyle, these male celebs have managed to fit yoga in their schedules. Give it a shot! Thoughts on these male yogis? What’s the most interesting story for you? Share in the comments below!
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Yoga is a physical, mental and spiritual exercise that strengthens your body and soul. Many famous actors, musicians, and professional athletes practice yoga. Celebrities love that yoga gives them a chance to focus and be still. One famous pop star was even filmed doing yoga in the nude. This list of celebrities who do yoga is loosely ranked by fame and popularity.
Who is the most famous person who does yoga? Jennifer Aniston tops our list. She keeps her body and mind in shape with yoga teacher Mandy Ingber. Lady Gaga appeared completely naked doing yoga and meditating in a video inspired by Marina Abramović. In 2013, Miley Cyrus was photographed doing her yoga routine on a beautiful beach in Costa Rica.
Several famous men also love yoga. NBA star LeBron James says, “Yoga isn’t just about the body, it’s also about the mind and it’s a technique that has really helped me.” Matthew McConaughey has been spotted practicing yoga on the beach. Maroon 5 front man Adam Levine says, “I can be all over the map. Yoga has given me the ability to be more focused and make better decisions that come from a clear place.”
Do you think that yoga is the best workout? Share your thoughts in the comments section.