Adam Levine of Maroon 5 has always made it clear that he's not only a rocker, but he's also a yogi. I've always found it a little hard to believe until I read a recent interview that Women's Health did with him on how this front man turned to yoga and never looked back. Here are highlights:
How'd you wind up at yoga?
A year and a half ago, my trainer recommended I try working with L.A. yoga instructor Alanna Zabel to help with my flexibility issues. I'm naturally very tight in lower back and my hips and hamstrings too. My first class felt like someone was ripping my body apart. 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.
How did your body change?
Physically I have always been on the slender side. When I started practicing I instantly felt more sculpted. Yoga carves you into a different person—and that is satisfying physically.
There's more, including his advice for yoga newbies so
Did it change how you work out?
I had been lifting weights for years. After our first yoga session, I vowed never to lift another weight again.
Do you believe in the mind-body connection?
I was skeptical, to say the least. I was wary of the cliche's associated with yoga: spirituality used as a marketing tool or Eastern philosophy sold at Starbucks to disenchanted lawyers and accountants looking for meaning. What I soon realized is that yoga welcomes everyone—that's extremely appealing.
How do you maintain your practice on tour?
Being a traveler, yoga is by far the most convenient way to exercise while I'm on the road. You don't need anything but a few feet of space and a mat. And I can always find at least an hour a day to practice. (Levine made videos with his teacher to take on the road with him.)
What is your advice to people who think they are too inflexible to do yoga?
Start simple. Yoga will drastically improve you in every way imaginable. But let's face it, I only practice yoga because the classes are always packed with beautiful women. (I am totally kidding.)