During the big Instagram boom, celebrities were not shy when it came to showing intimate snaps of themselves. There would be behind-the-scenes moments at award shows, makeup-free selfies from the bedroom, and the classic bikini pics all uploaded for us to stare at in awe. Now, the latest trend with these stars is showing off their very best yoga moves and we're not going to lie — they are super impressive.
They have busy lives and hectic schedules, so yoga is the ultimate answer to not just keeping the body in shape but the mind too. Celebrity Yoga Instructor Kai Elle explained, "Yoga 100% cured me of my anxieties and depression by showing me how to breathe properly and strengthen my resolve from the inside and out. But with anything (even like medication) it is something I continue to use to help me. I look younger, feel vibrant; I experience deeply profound meditations and have a much better understanding of my mind, body and spirit connection."
These following celebrities have progressed so much with their yoga skills that they can pull off some of the most difficult poses with ease. These sizzling pics prove that will dedication and determination (and a social media account to show it all off) yoga is the quickest path to gaining the body of a superstar.
20 Meghan Markle Caught Prince Harry's Eye With These Moves
Gone are the days when Meghan Markle could show off her yoga moves on Instagram as she recently deleted all her social media accounts. Following her engagement to Prince Harry, she was "grateful to everyone who has followed her social media accounts over the years" but had closed them "as she has not used these accounts for some time". However, there are still some pictures online showing off the moves that bagged her a prince.
Before her move to the UK, she also trained closely with Toronto based yoga teacher Duncan Parviainen. He told Best Health magazine, "There are so many benefits that come with the practice of yoga. A few benefits of vinyasa yoga include increased flexibility and muscle strength, greater happiness, increased mental focus, a greater ability to relax, decreased anxiety and better sleep." She certainly hasn't stopped smiling for months - maybe thanks to a mix of yoga and knowing she's soon to become royal.
19 Bar Rafaeli Showing Leonardo Di Caprio What He's Missing
Model Bar Rafaeli split from Hollywood heartthrob Leonardo Di Caprio after five years together (which is like a lifetime in Leo years). Since their split, Leo hasn't been able to hold down a relationship (he's had four) for longer than ten months whereas Bar has married businessman Adi Ezra and they now have two young children together.
The former Victoria's Secret model showed off her skills when she was shooting the advert for Buick cars. She revealed in a behind-the-scenes clip, "To me, yoga is peace of mind, meditation, (and) a must in life. I feel (that) yoga helps me stay grounded." She added, "I feel like I've been traveling so much and I work really hard. And with jet lag and everything, yoga helps me unwind and it helps my soul and my mind." Well if it works for her, then who are we to argue.
18 How Candice Swanepoel Lost All Her Baby Weight
Candice Swanepoel is the ultimate body goals and Victoria's Secret model shared her secrets to success with InStyle. The South African beauty revealed, "I do a mixture of yoga, pilates, and boxing: boxing when I have the energy to burn and pilates on the reformer when I'm feeling lazy." It's all paid off for her as she's one of the highest-earning models in the world with an estimated net worth of $25 million.
She also explained that living in New York City can make meditation quite difficult at times, so she has to travel to find inner peace. "It's all about the balance between the mental and physical being," she revealed. "It's hard to meditate in New York City, which is why I like to travel to remote places when I'm surrounded by nature. I believe thinking and traveling also keep me fit."
17 Michelle Rodriguez Has The Craziest Yoga Props
We're used to seeing people try out their yoga moves with a cat or dog photobombing in the background, but Michelle Rodriguez went further than everyone and struck a headstand pose in front of million dollar sports car. She posted the above impressive shot to her Instagram with the caption: "I've always wanted to know what it's like to drive a Bugatti. Too bad I'm a practical Prius driving humble b***h."
The Fast and Furious star previously posted a completely nude shot on her social media when she was in the lotus position - her back was too the camera or that's certainly one snap that would have seen her banned from most sites. Her workout regime is clearly going well for her as she has previously bagged dates with Zac Efron, Cara Delevingne, and Vin Diesel.
16 Britney Spears Is Seriously Flexible
Britney Spears has had a few ups and downs throughout her career but she is now better than ever. Maybe part of her recovery can be attributed to a newly discovered love of yoga and she's not shy when it comes to showing off her progress snaps on Instagram. She posted the above picture to Instagram with the caption: "Life is actually better upside down." Her toned abs prove that this is one workout that certainly suits the Toxic singer.
When she uploads her sessions on Snapchat there is often one of her many dogs getting involved too with often hilarious results. One fan commented, "I just couldn't stop watching your dog..." Another added: "Oh my God ? the dog ❤" Nothing quite like your own pooch stealing the show.
15 Miley Cyrus Is At Her Best Self When She's Meditating
Miley Cyrus had battled many of her inner demons over the years but she recommends meditating and yoga to her fans who might also find themselves under pressure. When she appeared on The Conversation with Amanda DeCadenet, she explained, "Some girls that I see and I see what they want and what is the most important thing in their life, I just wanna shake them and say, ‘Wake up! The world is so much greater. Go, be by yourself, go meditate, go spend 10 minutes really looking at yourself and I don’t know if you’re gonna like it.'"
Judging by the images she posted on social media, she's certainly got the flexibility part nailed down as she can twist her body into some very difficult positions. She twisted herself into the shape of a pretzel and wrote the caption: "Gotta do yoga not for my body but for my mind! DO YOGA or GO CRAZY!"
14 Naomi Campbell Was Mistaken For Her Yoga Muse
Naomi Campbell has been wowing her Instagram followers with her moves for a few years now but there was one video she uploaded that caused a lot of confusion. She appeared to show off her yoga moves in a home video and fans were blown away by her flexibility. However, it was later revealed that the Naomi Campbell lookalike was yoga instructor Danielle Acoff. It was an easy mistake for fans to make as the model didn't tag Danielle in the clip and she captioned the video: "Yoga time."
Danielle told The Huffington Post that she has no idea how the supermodel managed to get hold of her video. She said, "I don’t know her (Naomi) and I’m not sure how she got the video although she is following me! I really just wanted something so personal to me to be credited, although I am flattered at the confusion between us."
13 Lady Gaga Knows How To Nail The Eagle Pose
Last year, Lady Gaga had to cancel her world tour due to chronic pain from fibromyalgia. The singer has suffered from the condition, which causes muscle stiffness and extreme sensitivity to pain, from a very young age and it led her to cancel the European shows of her tour. The official press statement explained, "Lady Gaga is devastated that she has to wait to perform for her European fans. She plans to spend the next seven weeks proactively working with her doctors to heal from this and past traumas that still affect her daily life, and result in severe physical pain in her body."
On her road to recovery, she shared several snaps of her in different yoga poses and wrote the caption: "Slowly coming back to life. Tough girl on the mend." In another post, she wrote: "Gettin’ stronger every day for my Little Monsters can’t wait to get back on stage."
12 Nina Dobrev's Handstand Is Ultimate BFF Goals
Vampire Diaries star Nina Dobrev has every right to show off her yoga moves as they are out of this world. Alongside showing off a difficult handstand on the beach with a close friend, she also appeared on the Conan O'Brian Show and performed the scorpion pose. She revealed that yoga gives her energy and releases endorphins - not to mention the rocking body that comes with it too.
The actress is also one star who refuses to be miserable by limiting her food intake. She told Self magazine, "Starving to be skinny isn't my thing. When I don't eat, it affects my mood! On-set, I fuel up with small meals and I'm always grabbing high-protein snacks, like almonds." Before adding, "Yoga changed my body 100 percent. It tones everything and leans you out. Dancer's pose is amazing. It works every muscle! And you have to focus. If your mind is somewhere else, you'll fall."
11 Ellie Goulding Has All The Moves
Ellie Goulding is one performer who has to do it all on stage as she often sings and dances her way through a high-adrenaline set. The British singer shares snaps of her enviable yoga posing to fans and it's all this extra exercise that will keep her feeling powerful. She revealed, "If I’m at home in London, ideally I like to try and fit in a couple of yoga sessions a week – I do love yoga."
Talking more about the benefits, she added, "Yoga is a healing system of theory and practice. The purpose of yoga is to create strength, awareness, and harmony in both the mind and body." She also explained that it's okay to take breaks every now and again and if her body "isn't feeling it" then she will skip a workout that day - something that is music to our ears.
10 Giselle Bundchen Is An Expert
Supermodel and mother-of-two Gisele Bundchen is the woman who has it all - a beautiful family, a gorgeous husband (Tom Brady, of course), a successful modeling career and an out-of-this-world body. In short: she's flawless. With nearly 14 million followers on Instagram, she certainly is one inspirational account to follow and whats even more adorable is when her kids start copying her tricky yoga poses.
Being such a busy woman, she fully understands the benefit of meditation. In an interview with Vogue, she revealed, "People have been practicing meditation for thousands of years and the reason is that it’s really a wonderful tool to grant you a different access to yourself. It’s a different awareness and new level of peace. Once you learn how to do it, it’s yours forever—you can always access that."
9 Julianna Hough Will Strike A Pose Anywhere
The good news about Julianna Hough's body is that you're only five moves away from reaching these body goals yourself. To gain her enviable abs you will need to roll out the yoga mat and try a side plank, low lunges with a switch jump, donkey kick, boat pose, and eagle crunches. Then hey presto - the body shall be yours, according to Good Housekeeping magazine.
The Dancing With The Stars judge is in amazing shape considering she won't give up the carbs for anyone. She told US Weekly, "I think when you deprive yourself, that’s when you crave pasta and pizza. Everybody is so afraid of carbs - they talk about them in a negative way, like, 'Carbs make me fat or bloated' - but just pick the right one and have a little bit." You heard her - carbs are good for you!
8 Rosie Huntington Shows Off A Supermodel Workout
British supermodel Rosie Huntington-Whiteley knows exactly what it takes to gain a supermodel body - practice yoga like it's your religion. As the daughter of an aerobics instructor, she previously revealed that her mother always encouraged her to be sporty in life and that has certainly paid off.
The Mad Max: Fury Road star also revealed that she will "chug" back the water as part of her health routine too. She told Women's Health magazine, "Every morning, I’ll get up and chug back a liter of water. I aim for at least three liters a day; since getting strict about it I’ve seen a massive difference in my digestion and my skin." She recently gave birth to her first child with action man actor Jason Statham - a son named Jack.
7 Kaley Cuoco Never Takes It Too Seriously
Big Bang Theory star Kaley Cuoco proves that she never takes life too seriously as she fools around with some improvised moves during a yoga session at home. She is often seen out in L.A. following an intense workout session so it's nice to see she keeps up good habits outside of gym hours too.
She revealed to Entertainment Tonight, "I am obsessed with yoga. That's, like, my biggest love besides the horses. I really enjoy my time in the yoga studio. It makes me feel good. I like leaving feeling, like, drenched with sweat! I feel five pounds lighter... I really recommend it." She now has another reason to feel food as over Christmas her boyfriend of two years, equestrian Karl Cook, proposed to her and of course - she said yes!
6 Karlie Kloss Is Ultimate Abs Goals
Karlie Kloss landed her dream modeling contract with Nike as now she can show off all her difficult yoga poses and of course those rock hard abs. The supermodel who has worked with Calvin Klein, Karl Lagerfeld, Victoria's Secret, Marc Jacobs and Zac Posen has her own YouTube channel called Klossy where she regularly uploads her workouts.
Surprisingly, even though she's one of the most sought-after models in the world, she still suffers from her own body insecurities. She admitted to ELLE magazine, "Believe me, the person you think is perfect and has it all, sees many imperfections in themselves." The 6ft 2" beauty added, "I've been insecure about my height, broad shoulders, wide hips, being tall and long. Those are things I can't change. It still takes an effort to remember that life is all about self-love and that everyone has insecurities."
5 Eva Longoria Prefers It With A Partner
When Eva Longoria married her third husband Jose Antonio Baston in late 2016, she used the help of personal yoga trainer Craig Fields to whip her into shape before the big day. She shared their impressive moves on Instagram with the caption: "Early morning yoga with my favorite instructor @craig_fields!" She has been practicing the exercise now for fifteen years and clearly has the skills.
The hard work paid off as she looked stunning in her wedding dress which was designed by her famous BFF Victoria Beckham. Celebs including The Beckhams, Mario Lopez, Ricky Martin and Melanie Griffiths gathered for the ceremony at the couple's lakeside home in Valle de Bravo, Mexico City. Hopefully, this will be third time lucky for the Desperate Housewives star.
4 Jessica Alba Shows Us How It's Done
Jessica Alba might not be on the big screen much anymore but that doesn't mean she's not the star of the show off-camera. The actress turned entrepreneur co-founded the nontoxic-household-goods The Honest Company six years ago and now the company is worth around $1.7 billion. Alba herself has an estimated net worth of $350 million - like we say, she's doing pretty well for herself.
In between taking over the world, she tries to squeeze in as many workouts as possible. She revealed to Shape magazine, "If I work out four times, I consider it a successful week. But it’s typically more like two to three days a week because that’s what I have time for." When she does have the time to workout she enjoys hot yoga in the morning. Her gym sessions start at 5.15am - so if you want her body, expect to get up super early to achieve it.
3 Alessandra Ambrosio Proves She's Perfectly Balanced
If there is anyone in the world who is an inspiration to roll out the yoga mat and start practicing today - then it's Victoria Secret model Alessandra Ambrosio. The 5ft 9" beauty has been working in with the luxury lingerie line for more than fifteen years and she's now the fifth highest paid Victoria's Secret Angel of all time - only beaten by Liu Wen, Gigi Hadid, Kendall Jenner and Adriana Lima.
Although, she told Vogue that she's still learning and revealed, "There is always more I can do and learn. (Right now) I am most excited about new experiences." One of her cutest recent moments was when she shared on her Instagram a picture of her 4-year-old son Noah joined her for a class. Never too young to start learning the power of yoga.
2 Miranda Kerr Has Always Sworn By Yoga
Miranda Kerr is so dedicated to her daily yoga regime that she even found the time for a session on the morning of her wedding. Last year, she married Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel who has an estimated net worth of $3 billion in their own backyard. She revealed during a Goop conference, "Our wedding was just so joyful. We started the day, did yoga, then our families came over and we literally had this celebration in our backyard. It was incredible. It was so magical."
The former Victoria's Secret model has one son with former boyfriend Orlando Bloom. The workout she is loving at the moment is 'Kundalini yoga' which "includes a lot of breath work and chanting and meditation" and "energetically invigorates" her. Judging by her shape, it's certainly a workout that's worth a try.
1 Beyonce Keeps Her Curves With Yoga
Beyonce showed off this one-legged wheel pose on her Instagram and before we knew it 'Beyonce-themed' yoga classes were popping up everywhere. Yoga fans can live the dream, stretching and posing whilst Queen Bey's biggest tracks blast out in the background during the 'NamasBey' classes - yes, that's what they are really called. Following the birth of her newborn twins - Rumi and Sir Carter - Beyonce will no doubt be turning to the benefits of yoga to whip her back into shape.
In a video titled Yours and Mine, she spoke proudly about body positivity, explaining, "We do not value ourselves enough. Especially young people, (who) don't really appreciate, how brilliant our bodies are. I've always been very, very specific, and very choosy - very choosy- about what I do with my body, and who I want to share that with."
Sources: shape.com, goodhousekeeping.com, people.com