Meghan Markle is considered by some to have the perfect body, and she has a secret exercise that she says has helped her to maintain her physique and stay in shape. This form of exercise is actually an ancient one that has been in use for at least 5,000 years and originated in India and is even talked about in the Rig Veda, which was written around 1500 BC. Meghan’s secret exercise? It is yoga.
In fact, Meghan Markle is such a strong advocate for using yoga to keep her body fit that she has even maintained that the practice is “in her blood.” Markle, 35, learned about yoga from her mother, travel agent Doria Radlan. Meghan’s mother is such a firm believer in the power of yoga that she also dedicates part of her time to teaching yoga in Los Angeles, as the Express reported.
Meghan Markle picked up on her mother’s love of yoga and has said that she especially loves to exercise after she has turned off the lights in her bedroom and lit candles to provide the perfect ambience. Meghan then puts on hip hop music and does her yoga.
“My mom was a yoga instructor so that practice is in my blood. I love an intense Vinyasa class – and even better if its blasting hip-hop and done in a dark room with candlelight.”
Vinyasa yoga, Meghan Markle’s secret exercise, is a highly popular form of yoga today. When translated, Vinyasa means “arranging something in a special way,” according to the Yoga Journal. In this type of yoga, practitioners work to coordinate each movement with their breath flow. Vinyasa is also a term that is used to show a very specific series of yoga poses, such as Chaturanga to Upward-Facing Dog to Downward-Facing Dog.
The NHS extol the virtues of Meghan Markle’s favorite exercise and state that yoga is an excellent way for people to get more physical activity.
“Dozens of scientific trials of varying quality have been published on yoga. While there’s scope for more rigorous studies on its health benefits, most studies suggest yoga is a safe and effective way to increase physical activity, especially strength, flexibility and balance. There’s some evidence that regular yoga practice is beneficial for people with high blood pressure, heart disease, aches and pains – including lower back pain – depression and stress.”
Meghan Markle doesn’t just do her favorite exercise at home. According to People Magazine, she was spotted heading to a yoga class in Toronto earlier this year in April, right after announcing that she would be shutting down her lifestyle blog The Tig. Toronto is where Meghan was busy filming Season 7 of Suits, and she clearly wanted to make sure that she kept up with her workout in between shooting the show.
Entertainment Tonight reported that no matter how cold the weather has been, Meghan always makes time for yoga, and eyewitnesses note how energized and happy Markle looks when she is leaving the cozy and down-to-earth yoga studio.
“She goes to yoga often and seems to enjoy it. She’s always smiling and happy when she leaves.”
Meghan Markle has been doing her secret exercise of yoga since she was 7 years old and she praises her mother for telling her to stick with it and letting her know that she would eventually find her stride, as Best Health reported.
“Yoga is my thing, and I work out with a trainer in Yorkville as well. My mom is a yoga instructor, and I started doing mommy-and-me yoga with her when I was seven. I was very resistant as a kid, but she said, ‘Flower, you will find your practice – just give it time.’ In college, I started doing it more regularly.”
What do you think about yoga being Meghan Markle’s secret exercise to maintain her body and have you tried it?
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