Yoga is an ancient Indian spiritual practice that is renowned all over the world for its ability to not only spiritually elevate a human being, but also to rejuvenate the human body and increase its longevity. Is it any wonder that Yoga is a multi-billion dollar industry in the youth obsessed West, especially in Hollywood?
Among the most famous of the Hollywood practitioners of Yoga is the famous actress Jane Fonda, whose Yoga instruction videos are quite a rage. Madonna is quite an ardent fan of Ashtang Yoga, which she has been practising for years. Another Yoga devotee is Friends actress Jennifer Aniston.
What is common among all these famous Hollywood actresses is the fact that they are well past their prime, yet have retained their youthful looks. It is a little sad that in the country of its origin, people are queuing up at gyms to pump up their muscles without realizing how much better it us for them to practice our very own home grown system of holistic exercise and meditation Yoga.
Many prominent Hollywood and Bollywood actresses have practiced Yoga with due earnestness. Many of them, who have been doing so for decades, have become outstanding examples of what an ageless beauty is all about. Some of these lovely ladies have been actively involved in propagating yoga. They have even made exercise videos to help spread the messages.
Among the men too there are a number of leading actors who are known to use Yoga to keep fit and look far younger than their age.
Yoga helps actors have better control not only over their bodies, but also their minds. This is what really constitutes the essence of the acting process and actors across the world realize this and therefore practice yoga religiously.
An actor’s life is quite a tough one in that their involvement in their jobs is both physical and mental. Then there are all those rehearsals, outdoor shoots, voice training sessions, promotional tours and of course the cut-throat competition. Add to that the stress of box-office performance and you get an idea of how all of the above can take a toll on an actor’s youthfulness and energy.
Yoga offers a relatively easy way out. Being a holistic discipline the changes that it makes to practitioner’s mind and body is real and long term. Yoga will provide benefit throughout one’s life if one practices it regularly on an incremental basis.
It makes sense for young and budding actors to take to Yoga quite early in their life so that they can play a long innings. Being a spiritual discipline yoga also has the ability to purify one’s mind and keep a person away from vices like drinking, smoking, doing drugs, and promiscuousness.
This can only augur well for a youngster who has just started off on his or her career. They will be better able to deal with the temptations that come their way, as also be able to focus on what is important-their career. Besides yoga will help them become physically stronger and gave them better breath control, which helps in voice modulation.
People who practice yoga for long years are imbued with a glow and charisma, which is something that any actor would give an arm and leg to possess. With yoga they will get it for free. There is no reason to go for expensive cosmetic surgery or spending a fortune on imported make up!
There is everything to gain and nothing to lose by taking to yoga and Indian actors especially would be very foolish to turn their back on what is their natural inheritance. The best part is that even as one benefits physically by the practice of yoga one is also improving one’s karma as yoga helps one create a connection with God himself.
In the West it is not just actors who have taken to yoga, but people from every walk of life. Yoga instruction centers, yoga gurus, yoga apparel and jargon associated with yoga is so much an integral part of daily American life that there would be many people in that country who think that yoga was discovered in America.
In India the home of yoga, actors and other film celebrities could do their bit by becoming brand ambassadors for this wonderful ancient practice and help spread awareness about its benefits among the masses. This is something that the Prime Minister too endorses as was evident from the government’s recent efforts to have an International Yoga Day declared by the UN.
Here’s to Yoga Power!