Some rock musicians get drunk before performances, others find groupies to hang out with. Not Maroon 5’s Adam Levine – he does yoga before hitting the stage.
“At any Maroon 5 concert, you’ll see a room backstage marked yoga,” Levine, 32, tells Details magazine in a new interview.
“Playing a show before thousands of people is a highly unnatural state,” he said. “And when I get on the mat to do an hour of yoga before the show, I come out physically relaxed.”
The “Moves Like Jagger” singer started doing yoga five years ago after gym workouts left him feeling bulky and uncomfortable. He met New York City yoga instructor Chad Dennis and now has the guru follow him all over the world to put him through intense yoga workouts.
It’s paid off, both physically and aestetically.
“I don’t like how people bullsh*t about how yoga is not about vanity.”
We have to admit, it was surprising to hear that Levine practices yoga. That got us wondering which other male celebrities like to do some meditation.
Actor Dennis Quaid got into yoga while married to ex-wife Meg Ryan. The duo was frequently spotted leaving yoga studios during their married days. No word if he’s still into it now that he’s long since divorced Ryan.
Ricky Martin sparked gay rumors when he was spotted practicing yoga on the beach with a male partner. He later came out as a “proud gay man” and still practices Hatha yoga to “restore inner peace and relaxation.”
“I just do my meditation and yoga every morning – what you see is what you get….All I want to do is music and be happy, you know. Be at peace with who I am and where I’m from,” he told People in 2009.
Champion boxer Evander Holyfield is known for being a beast in the ring, but that doesn’t mean he can’t get in touch with his inner self with a little yoga. Like many athletes, Holyfield uses yoga to unwind and stretch his muscles.
Legendary singer Sting made headlines a few years ago when he admitted that his regular practice of Tantra yoga helps him have sex with wife Trudie Styler. However, the couple also practices Jivamukti and Ashtanga yoga styles on a regular basis as well.
“If anything, it’s reversing my aging process,” Sting once said in an interview. “I can now do things with my body that I wouldn’t even have thought possible when I was an athletic teenager.”
Are you surprised that these male celebrities practice yoga?
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