As a supermodel, businesswoman, mother and yoga instructor, Christy Turlington has several lifetimes' worth of experiences under her belt. She talks with Dr. Oz about the role yoga has played in her life, from her early days of modeling to the present.
Christy says she was introduced to yoga when she was about 18 years old, and she was attracted to the meditative aspect of the practice. While she says she wasn't as healthy as she could have been at the time—due to smoking and constant travel—she did yoga whenever she could and meditated to maintain a sense of calm. More recently, Christy says she used techniques honed through years of yoga practice to ease her pain during natural childbirth. "In terms of pain management, my breathing was the best thing I could do to manage pain on that level," she says.
A practicing Catholic, Christy says that the principles of yoga can incorporate into any belief system. "It provides clarity and an understanding of what it is you want, as opposed to information coming from outside of yourself," she says. "Yoga has brought me to the part of religion I really like—the positive sides of religion, the parts we all share, rather than the things that create separation."
To find a place of calm and centeredness when you only have a few minutes, Christy says you can practice the butterfly, or half lotus pose: Sit with the soles of the feet touching and the knees open. Keeping the spine very straight, eyes closed or open, breathe in a pattern of inhalation, exhalation, pause.
Published on June 14, 2007