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Celebrity Yoga

Yoga Tree PoseI recently posted some blogs that included funny quotes about yoga from celebrities. Here’s one that got a lot of hits from Chris Rock: “Why do people do yoga? To clear their minds? I embrace the clutter in my head.” —Chris Rock

And Ellen DeGeneres provided us with some insight on her yoga practice: “I was in yoga the other day. I was in full lotus position. My chakras were all aligned. My mind is cleared of all clatter, and I’m looking out of my third eye and everything that I’m supposed to be doing. It’s amazing what comes up when you sit in that silence. ‘Mama keeps whites bright like the sunlight; Mama’s got the magic of Clorox Two.’” —Ellen DeGeneres

Since everyone seemed to enjoy these quotes, I thought it would be interesting to share a few more celebrity quotes, but this time from a more serious angle about how yoga has helped them strengthen their bodies, focus, cleanse, and calm their minds.

“Yoga calms me down. It’s a therapy session, a workout, and meditation all at the same time!” —Jennifer Aniston

“Ashtanga 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 bullshit dissipate. Who I am has emerged, and everything else has gone by the wayside.” —Gwyneth Paltrow

“The yoga mat is a good place to turn when talk therapy and antidepressants aren’t enough.” —Amy Weintraub

Jennifer and Gwyneth, I feel the exact same way about yoga. It has provided me with a great workout routine, it reduces my stress level, makes all the bullshit dissipate (love that, Gwyneth), and although I’ve never seen a psychiatrist or taken antidepressants, yoga is definitely my drug of choice for mood-lifting therapy.

I’ll keep searching for more quotes and inspiration from celebrity yogis, and I still need to find some quotes from one of my favorite yogi celebrities, the tantra-tastic Sting. I think I may have to dedicate a whole blog or several to Sting. Can you imagine what it is like to do partner yoga with Sting (Trudie, you are one lucky lady!)?

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19 People have left comments on this post



» Cheryld said: { Aug 14, 2010 - 5:26 AM }

Hi! I'm visiting from SITS 31DBBB. Awesome quotes on yoga! I may have to give it a try!

» Amanda said: { Aug 14, 2010 - 6:34 AM }

Great quotes (especial Chris Rocks). I don't regularly practice yoga, but I've enjoyed it when I do. I'm not incline to take another class since my instructor was more “head in clouds” than “down to earth” and giggling at the things she said always distracted me.

» sweetbutterbliss said: { Aug 14, 2010 - 7:05 AM }

I like the Ellen one. Its so true!

Just started doing kundalini yoga and its an absolute stress reliever and mood lifter! (visiting from BlogFrog SITS. Congrats on Blog of the Day!)

» Ursula said: { Aug 14, 2010 - 8:38 AM }

Hi,
It made me laugh. It inspires me to write about the effects of yoga on the mind. Yoga is so in fashion nowadays. The scenery has changed so much. I discovered yoga 30 years ago. It's great to see so much enthusiasm everywhere.
Happy blogging
Ursula

» Embejo said: { Aug 14, 2010 - 8:52 AM }

Just stopping by from 31DBBB. I have never ever tried yoga. At the moment I am going through a process of de-cluttering my home of stuff and already I can feel my mind is clearer. Maybe one day I should try yoga too :)

» Laura Elliott said: { Aug 14, 2010 - 1:27 PM }

Hi Maria
We meet again! Congrats on being blog of the day. I heart yoga!!! I started Ashtanga yoga this year and it has definitely helped me to dissipate a lot of my bullshit. I've never felt better. I'm yet to try Bikram – I'm not a big fan of saunas but I've heard great things. As for Jennifer Anisten well she looks amazing. Yoga really is the whole package, it provides physical, mental and spiritual benefits. I often compare it to getting a full body massage, ok you've got to do a bit of work but it feels great.

» MariaSantoferraro said: { Aug 14, 2010 - 1:49 PM }

Amanda I really hope you give yoga another try. The instructor can make all the difference. There are also some great DVDs – I'll get back to you with some recommendations – but you might want to try Trudie Styler's Warrior Yoga – I'll send you a link to it.

» MariaSantoferraro said: { Aug 14, 2010 - 1:51 PM }

Hi Laura and Everyone that has commented! Thanks!

For those of you that haven't tried yoga – you have to give it a try. I'll have to post a blog next week with some great yoga DVD recommendations.

I'm going to have a busy weekend cause I'm gonna go and check out everyone that stops by MariaMedia!

» Helen Hanson said: { Aug 14, 2010 - 3:09 PM }

Have you written a post about the differences in yoga styles? I searched your site, but didn't see one. If so, I'd love to read it. If not, maybe that's a future post. Thanks!

» Itsmylifeandmyjourney said: { Aug 14, 2010 - 4:39 PM }

Congratulations on being blog of the day! I found your blog ont he #31DBBB challenge! Your blog looks great. I've never done yoga, but I've recently started on a weight loss journey and am looking for new interesting ways to stay excited about exercise. Thanks for blogging!
Mrs. O
http://itsmylifeandmyjourney.blogspot.com

» Deb Chitwood said: { Aug 14, 2010 - 9:14 PM }

Great quotes – and I love your blog! I’ve been practicing yoga for 36 years. It’s awesome! I love to do yoga postures on the Power Plate now. It helps my flexibility and feels even better than regular yoga!

I found you through SITS 31DBBB.

» MariaSantoferraro said: { Aug 14, 2010 - 9:35 PM }

Thanks Deb – OK what is a Power Plate? I need to know – sounds cool!

» MariaSantoferraro said: { Aug 14, 2010 - 9:37 PM }

Helen – great idea! I will have to make that one of the first posts on my new blog I'm going to launch very soon. I'm spinning off the Daily Downward Dog – I'll let you know when it goes live. Thanks so much for stopping by!

» Deb Chitwood said: { Aug 14, 2010 - 9:41 PM }

Power Plate is vibration training. Here’s more info on it: http://us.powerplate.com/EN/technology/what_is_… Not every gym has a Power Plate, but it’s fun (and effective) if you can find one!

» Diva (in Demand) said: { Aug 15, 2010 - 12:45 AM }

Oh I love the quotes! I've tried yoga before but I was always too self conscious about not being able to do the positions correctly. I'm a pilates kinda girl.

» Laura said: { Aug 15, 2010 - 1:49 AM }

I have never tried yoga. I'm not sure my body can bend into all those positions :)

Stopping by from #31DBBB. Congrats on blog of the day!

» Dr. Atul Pednekar said: { Nov 22, 2012 - 5:59 AM }

Yoga is first about your mind and then about your body. Pleas edo not bother if you cannot go in any particular position. First, practice meditation in any position that suits you; even sitting straight in a chair is okay. Simultaneously, practice the simple postures first and remember that the final position (of any asana) is not as important as much as the entire process of doing the Asana itself. REspect your body and gradually work on your self. 
All the best

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