Jennifer Aniston found yoga and found healing and restoration for herself in yoga when she divorced from Brad Pitt. As both a meditative and muscle toning tool, Aniston was able to overcome her grief and tone her body all at once.
Yoga, when done for exercise, can be an incredibly effective form of resistance training. The trouble is finding a good program or a good teacher. I remember my first yoga experience at a chain gym. It was full of chanting and stretching and weird music. It creeped me out and I ended up leaving in the middle of it. It wasn’t for years down the road when I decided to give it another go and found how to use it as a form of exercise rather than just a form of stretching. There are a lot of videos out there today, Aniston’s trainer (Mandy Ingber) even has one out. The trouble with videos is that it is just the same workout over and over again. I do yoga videos every now and then but tend to stick with Rusty Moore’s Visual Impact for Women for my resistance training.
In an interview with Marie Claire, Mandy Ingber revealed 5 poses she uses with Aniston to sculpt the superstar. Here is what her interview revealed:
1. Temple Pose:
Plant your feet wide, bend your knees out to the side, and open at a 90-degree angle. Sink your butt down in alignment with your knees then plié, squat, and hold for 30 seconds. Plié deeply 8 times, followed by 8 quick, shallow pulses.
2. Chair Pose:
Sink down as if you’re sinking into a chair. With your feet aligned, hip-width apart, rock back your weight from the balls of the feet to the heels and shift your hips back. Align your knee over heels, butt back, and peel your belly off your thighs by extending your arms overhead. Do 1-3 sets. If you really want to tone up, you can also do squats.
3. Sun Salute:
As you inhale, sweep your arms over your head, and then as you exhale, dive forward — a swan dive with down-hinging hips. Put your hands on the floor and extend your chest forward. Step back to the top of a push-up and put palms directly below your shoulders. Firm your thighs and make sure your hips and shoulders are aligned. Resist the floor as you lower to a low push-up. Scoop your chest up and arch into an upward facing dog, keeping thighs on the floor. Roll over the toes and press back to downward facing dog, using your inner thighs and abs.
4. Tree Pose:
Stand straight, shifting your body weight on to your right foot with your knee up to your chest. Turn your knee to the side and press the sole of your foot to your inner thigh or calf, depending on your flexibility. Put your palms together, extending to the crown of your head. Hold it for 5-10 breaths.
5. Reclining Pigeon:
Lie back with your knees bent and the soles of your feet on the floor. Cross your left ankle over your right knee and flex your foot, then draw your right knee in toward your chest. Wrap around your hamstring and gently draw your knee towards the chest. You’ll feel the stretch of your left hip.
Here is a video of an express workout from Mandy Ingber herself (35 minutes long).