Adam Levine of the hit band Maroon 5, says discovering yoga had a “profound impact” on his life and calls the practice a deeply personal experience that has improved his mental health and overall well being.
While yoga is best known for improving mental health, it also has several physical benefits, especially for men.
Yoga helps build lean muscles and regulate blood flow which helps muscles recover faster from exercise, according to GQ India magazine.
Doing yoga for 20 minutes a day has been shown to help with mental focus. It also helps improve memory and increases energy.
Because it’s meditative, it helps relieve stress and may even improve sex life by channeling sexual energy better.
It can help prevent injuries caused by heavy workouts because it improves flexibility. It efficiently opens up your body and stretches out your muscles.
Levine, 39, known for his ripped physique, opened up about the benefits he gets from the spiritual exercise on his Facebook page.
“I won’t get too #Namaste on you. But I will say that I feel so fortunate to have found Yoga. The practice is so different deeply personal for any individual that I’ve been somewhat hesitant to share what it is to me.
However, this time around, I thought I’d offer it up to whoever is listening. It has had such a profoundly positive impact on my life over the years. I have never been pretzel-ish or particularly flexible. And my practice is riddled with mistakes and imperfections.
Which is precisely what makes it so powerful. Striving to do better while simultaneously remaining satisfied with where I am. It’s much larger than I am. I just tag along for the ride. Pretty cool. So…thanks Yoga. You’re awesome.”
Levine, who turns 40 March 18, says it took some time to warm up to the practice. The first time he attempted it, he felt like his body was being ripped apart.
“I’m naturally very tight in lower back and my hips and hamstrings, too,” he says.
“It wasn’t what you’d call peaceful. But I was excited by the idea that the more dedicated I became the more effortless it would become to relax and give in to that tightness. Yes, the torture subsided a bit over time.”
The ‘Sugar’ hitmaker, who was crowned People’s “Sexiest Man Alive” in 2013, keeps his stamina up by partaking in body discipline.
“I have a hard time sitting still,” he 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.”
The Maroon 5 frontman has daughters, Dusty, two, and Gio, 11-months, with wife and supermodel Behati Prinsloo.
Brendan Rooney, an instructor at YogaWorks in New York City, explained to Men’s Health, why he uses the exercises in his workouts.
“My entire fitness program was based off of exertion, pushing my body and mind to the limit almost every day,” he says. “Eventually, the constant ‘go-go-go, push-push-push, more-more-more’ caught up with me through various injuries, burn out, and boredom. I needed something that could balance the force I exerted running and weight lifting.”
Here are other celebs who incorporate the practice as part of the health, fitness and diet routine.