Jennifer Aniston has the body that everyone wants—toned and strong but still feminine and lean. She credits Los Angeles yogi Mandy Ingber with enhancing her yoga and helping her incorporate it into her fitness routine. To kick off the New Year on the right foot, learn Aniston's top yoga poses that keep her peaceful and her body primed in the gallery now.
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If you?re new to the practice of yoga, Ingber suggests starting with a Level 1 Beginner Class. ?Let the teacher know you are new and stand in back of class to follow along. Try at least 6 types of classes or teachers to find what works for you,? she says. Ingber says the key to a killer body starts with loving the body you already have and taking 5-15 minutes each day to just sit and breathe. She adds eating organic fresh fruits and veggies, eliminating sugar and drinking half of your body weight in ounces (ie: 120 lbs = 60 oz.) is essential to good health.
Start with feet together. Sink down into an imaginary chair, so it is as if you were seated. Your butt and sit bones are sinking down towards your heels. Your arms are extended up towards the sky. Palms face each other or touch together. Firm your triceps and send energy out through the arms, as you continue to ground down into the earth. 5 breaths here, in and out of the nose. Press your feet into the floor, lead with your sternum, and rise up to standing.
Rev It Up: Add Squats Step the feet apart slightly, about hips-width distance, and bring your palms together at your chest. Sink the hips back into a seated position, and immediately press back up. Continue to breathe. Do this 8 times, then step the feet together. Back to Chair Pose.
Come into Boat Pose by balancing on your sit bones. Extend your arms straight out in front of you, parallel to the floor, and lift your chest and sternum upward as you gaze up. Extend your legs so that your toes are at eye level.
Rev It Up: Add V-Ups Cross your arms over your chest and using your lower abdominal muscles, slowly lower yourself down so that your shoulders and heels are hovering a few inches off the floor. Then raise back up into Boat Pose, again using your abs.
Come to the top of a push-up, palms spread wide, directly beneath the shoulders. Heels pressing back. Sit bones aim towards your heels. Belly lifted upward towards the spine. Press down through the palms, in order to keep the arms straight. Be careful not to sway the lower back. If this begins to happen, drop the knees to the floor.
Rev It Up: Add Push-Ups Hugging the elbows in to the sides, slowly lower yourself down so that your chest is a couple of inches from the floor, and your triceps are parallel to the floor. Press back to Plank, again keeping your elbows close to the body.