There are so many ways to get fit these days. CrossFit, SoulCycle, P90X, and Dance Central are just some of the ways people stay in shape. Or they flail around trying! According to the American Osteopathic Association, one activity can reduce weight and protect from injury. Yoga increases flexibility, muscle strength, muscle tone, and circulatory health. These celebrities must have caught wind of those benefits since there are a lot of celebs getting all stretchy with the yoga mat. It’s not just that flexible guy from “Street Fighter” who shouts “Yoga Fire!” You’ll be shocked to see how many famous stars are Yogis!
When he’s not hanging out with Katniss and Peeta, Woody Harrelson likes to do yoga. “Yoga is the best thing for your sex life! It keeps you limber in all kinds of ways. It teaches you to love your body and your partner’s body. But more than anything, it keeps your mind liquid, and nothing’s sexier than that. I think yoga is a great way to force you outside of your mental and physical rigidity,” said Harrelson.
When no one told you life was going to be this way, you can turn to Yoga just like Jennifer Aniston. She keeps fit with an instructor named Mandy Ingber who published a book called, “Yogalosophy: 28 Days to the Ultimate Mind-Body Makeover.” How Stuff Works said this is how Aniston prepared for her role in “We’re The Millers.” She should get Phoebe and Monica to join in on the fun.
The Big Bang Theory just got more yoga-fied. Kaley Cuoco seems to be very dedicated to yoga. She’s always seen leaving a yoga studio! She was recently photographed leaving a Core Power Yoga class in LA. Kaley even tweeted a picture of herself in a headstand with the words, “getting my yoga on at work.” Core Power Yoga uses energizing music to strengthen, balance, detoxify, and exhilarate the body and mind. Sounds good.
Russell Simmons has an empire and a lot of money. But how did he get to that point? He’s a vegan and a yoga enthusiast! On an episdoe of “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” he said, “In getting in those poses, the most important thing is to remember to smile and breathe. The grace that you get from smiling and breathing in every pose…Then that alone is a process that will bring you to enlightenment.”
She’s on the right track, baby, she was born this way. And now she’s doing Bikram yoga in New York City’s Lower East Side. Lady Gaga has been spotted at Tricia Donegan’s NYC Bikram Yoga studio. Gaga said that she healed her body with Donegan’s help. “Many clients come in with physical injuries…And once you start practicing, the whole system is empowered,” said Donegan. Gaga used yoga to heal after she had hip surgery back in 2012.
Gisele Bundchen got herself a star football player husband, but she didn’t let herself go. She whipped out the yoga mat, found some tropical trees nearby, and practiced yoga in an open-air studio. “A beautiful way to start the morning. Wishing you a joyful day!” she Instagrammed as she twisted herself into a lunge. It was rumored that Bundchen likes Anusara Yoga which was a school of hatha yoga started by an American and means “flowing with grace.”
Iron Man doing the caterpillar pose? It could happen. Robert Downey Jr. likes to do power-flow yoga, according to Time. He was fit, mellow and reflective after a morning of power-flow yoga with his teacher Vinnie Marino, part of what could be called Team New Downey, a mix of people that include yogis, massage therapists, martial-arts instructors and people who know about herbs. So he has a team of yogis and not just one!
Michelle Williams is helping out women everywhere. She co-founded Yoga for Single Moms in 2010. Since meditation and yoga helped make her a better person, she wanted to give back to other mothers. The Yoga for Single Moms project provides free child care and free classes for women who would otherwise have trouble finding time to practice. It also encourages them to be thankful everyday and to give of themselves freely.
Reese Witherspoon doesn’t need to work out that much. She did all that hiking in the movie “Wild,” after all. She seems like the type of actress who might go all out to ensure that she seems like a believably rugged character. According to iYogaLife, she had somebody design a workout for her that included in-home private sessions. The workout was made so that if Reese could only fit one activity into her day, then it was easy.
Jessica Biel once said, “I have no life. I spend a lot of time in yoga class.” She told Glamour that she likes yoga mixed in with weight training sessions. “The yoga class is less about strength and more about stretching and elongating, so I can have the combo.” A combo is always good, like a burger combo at McDonald’s with large fries and some nuggets. Biel has always looked in great shape and being married to Justin Timberlake probably keeps her active!
Adam Levine is preying on yoga tonight just like animals and he does at least one hour of yoga before every performance! “I have a hard time sitting still. Yoga has given me the ability to be more focused and make better decisions that come from a clear place,” said Levine. He likes to do the headstand, half moon, and one-legged koundinyasana II poses. The latter looks like somebody holding their body up with their hands and doing a sideways split.
Jenny McCarthy can thank Yoga for her trim body! She does 90 minutes of Bikram yoga a day! That’s some dedication. When did she have time to go to “The View?” “That’s Bikram yoga and also healthy food. Jim is absolutely in love with Bikram yoga and he’s never tried it, strictly on the fact he loves the way my butt looks, although he would love me at 250 pounds,” said McCarthy back when she was with Jim Carrey.
Lebron James had leg cramps and needed to take better care of his body last year. “One thing I did do differently this morning, I took an 8 a.m. yoga class at our resort that we stayed at outside. Me, and three other people and also a little kid but he didn’t want no parts of it. Yoga isn’t just about the body, it’s also about the mind and it’s a technique that has really helped me,” said Lebron.
“I do an hour and a half of yoga and I do meditation. I feel that it’s made a whole new realm accessible to me. I have a sense of genuine communion. I have different tempos accessible to me. I feel more relaxed and more centered. I’m trying to infuse every aspect of my life with it. I don’t take stuff so seriously,” said Russell Brand. He told Do You Yoga about his change from being a drug addict to yoga addict.
Gwyneth Paltrow wakes up as early as possible to do yoga. Is 4:30 early enough? That’s when she does it. That seems really early. It’s not as early as 3 a.m., but that would be an extreme time to wake up. “I’m not really a morning person at all. It’s just sheer determination. I’m very strict with myself. When I practice six days a week and eat clean food, I feel much better,” she told People.
Dr. Oz: “I’m Very Concerned About the Corona Virus, Here’s Why”
While coronaviruses have been known to medical science since the 1960s, few have been anywhere near as dangerous as this new one from the market in Wuhan China.
A coronavirus is typified by its protective shell which resembles a crown or a halo under a microscope. That is where it gets its name. The average coronavirus does little more than cause the symptoms of the common cold, sniffles, cough, flu-like symptoms and so on. Part of the reason that these viruses are so hard to prevent from causing millions of colds each year is their protective shell. They can remain on a surface for hours, sometimes days, before they begin to lose structural integrity. But few trigger symptoms as severe as this one known as 2019-nCoV.
Dr. Oz had this to say about what has become known as the Wuhan Coronavirus, “It’s alarming, this is the big news today, the Chinese leadership is starting to say ‘this incubation period is a lot longer than we thought.’”
If this report is true, it means that many, many more people may be infected than have been reported- or even anticipated. It means that people could be walking around, infected, and not even know it- not taking precautions and spreading the virus everywhere they go. That means anyone who has recently returned from the area around the Wuhan market, where the outbreak started, could be carrying the disease.
At the time of this writing, the total enumerated infection count is over 1,800. The total deaths are approaching 200. Other researchers are suggesting that this virus has a rapid mutation rate. That is particularly terrifying because it is what made the HIV-AIDS virus so difficult to treat.
At present, the World Health Organization had laid down a series of suggestions to help people avoid infection.
They advise that anyone who may come into contact with the virus should:
- Wash their hands frequently
- Maintain good sanitation on and around all frequently used objects and surfaces
- Avoid centers of mass travel such as airports
- Sneeze and cough into the elbow or a tissue
- Take immunity-boosting supplements like vitamin C
The source of the infection is believed to have come from a specific market in Wuhan, where live animals were kept in stalls for sale and trade. Researchers believe the virus came from either a snake or a bat. The initial cases of illness were reported in December 2019 by employees of the Wuhan market. That market is now shut down for the foreseeable future.
As health officials struggle to understand the virus and contain its progress, other researchers are asking even more startling questions. The shell of this virus is similar to the shell of a virus created in a university research lab in 2015 at the University of North Carolina. What’s more, there is a known military biological weapons lab in Wuhan China.
If these reports are true, it could have serious implications, not only for global health- but for relations between the US and China.
Big Brother Contestants Make How Much on the Show?!?
Big Brother has been a wildly popular, dramatic reality TV game show since 2000. Audiences are captivated by the twists, the turns, the strange alliances, and the betrayals. The show is based on a Dutch program with the same premise which also became wildly popular in Spain and Germany before the reboot came to America.
As the US version grew in popularity, the producers eventually made it possible for fans to watch the contestants on a non-live streaming video feed available 24 hours a day seven days a week. Yes, the contestants on Big Brother are now on display to be viewed by anyone in the world at every waking moment. How they avoid getting caught in their all-togethers or during toilet breaks, we don’t know. Maybe they have certain camera-safe areas to which they can retreat.
Later on, the house the Big Brother contestants live in was stripped of all communication devices- depriving them of contact with the outside world. That is- except for the live feeds the public has unfettered access to. So, if one of them was being held hostage, we suppose they could let us know.
So the question came up of, how much do the contestants really earn? By playing the game they have the chance to make friends, or enemies, become Internet sensations, and to win half a million dollars. But, given everything they have to put up with; being ripped out of their lives, possibly losing jobs, experiencing the anguish of betrayal- all while being on public display- do they get anything else?
According to a report by Reality Blurred, a site that follows the happenings of reality TV stars, programs, and related matters- the contestants “[…] receive $750 per week that they’re in the house.”
Any pay they receive while in the jury house is harder to account for since nothing about it appears on the contract. However, it is believed that contestants receive consolation prizes during their time out of the main house. It also seems reasonable that the consolation prizes received in the jury house should be worth at least $500 since keeping them away from other gainful employment for less than that would be near to slavery. (We’re looking at you, jury duty.)
However, while the big prize on Big Brother is a cool half-million on top of what the contestants earn as their weekly salary, in reality- they have much more to gain in Internet stardom.
Many former Big Brother players have gone on to lucrative careers as influencers on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, and other social media sites. While any gains from that are unlikely to be as exhilarating as half a million in fast cash- the best of them certainly earn more than that over the long term.
So, it would appear that our curiosity MacGuffins on Big Brother are at least doing as well as someone earning minimum wage- while essentially fooling around Truman Show style.
Single Mom Irina Shayk, Happy Single
Those in the public spotlight seem to be an open book. Their every move seems to is covered by gossip sites. Their whereabouts are nearly always and it seems as if we are updated on who’s dating who and what luxurious vacation they are on.
That’s why it is surprising that Irina Shayk and Bradley Cooper kept their relationship under wraps for so long, dating all the way back to 2015. The couple was first spotted together after the actor and model were first seen in 2015. Cooper split from Suki Waterhouse and Shayk ended her five-year relationship with soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo.
The couple was first seen together at a Broadway show, then shortly thereafter, the White House Correspondents’ dinner. Things seemed to move quickly from there. Within months the couple moved in together, soon they announced they were expecting.
Work Gets in the Way:
Irina, who has been quiet about her relationship and breakup with Bradley Cooper, recently spoke up about their relationship.
The couple ended their relationship in 2019, on the heels of the release of the stars’ remake of a Star is Born. The on-screen chemistry between Bradley Cooper and his co-star, Stefani Germanotta, better known as Lady Gaga, sent tongues wagging. Rumors were raging that the two co-stars were in a relationship based on their pationate adaption of the film.
Irina set the record straight in some recent interviews about the end of their relationship. According to Shayk, the couple hadn’t been getting along for quite some time. After the baby was born, Shayk was hoping that Cooper would put their family first and slow down his busy working schedule. She was secretly hoping that after A Star is Born was released and the promotional tour was over, he would spend more time at home. That was not the case.
Irina, 33, was ready to settle into family life. This included getting married and more children. But the marriage never happened, and Cooper’s work schedule was as busy as ever.
Irina felt that her expectations weren’t met and she didn’t have the commitment level she wanted from Cooper. Shortly after the Award season in June 2019, the news broke that the couple had split. Irina had taken baby Lea and moved out of the couples Los Angeles home.At first, the separation was thought to be temporary. Both partners have decided that they are better apart than together.
The couple continues to co-parent their daughter, but it seems like the couple are happty being apart. They both seem to be quite content focusing on their child and carreers.
Irina recently said that “life without Cooper” and being a single mom is “new ground.” She also said that just because two people are great on their own, they are not always good together.
Irina is a strong woman, and while she often feels overwhelmed being a single-mom, she’s ready for the challenge. Both parents are dedicated to doing what is best for their child and are curently working on a visitation schedule.