Reese Witherspoon Swears By the Calming Effects of Yoga Before a Big Event
She shared some of the stress-relieving yoga poses she practices before red carpet events like the Golden Globes.
Celebs don't hold back when it comes to getting red carpet-ready. Some treat themselves to fancy LED light therapy sessions; others let loose with a little twerking and stripping. Reese Witherspoon, on the other hand, is all about keeping things simple before a big event.
In a recent "Get Ready With Me" video, Witherspoon gave fans a sneak peek into her pre-Golden Globes yoga flow, led by celebrity instructor Kirschen Katz. If you're not familiar with Katz, she works with stars like Julia Roberts, Laura Dern, and Michelle Williams year-round, but especially during the busy, stressful awards show season. "I've been doing yoga and breathing [practices] with her for years," Witherspoon says in the video. "She's going to help me get ready for the big day."
Katz then shared some quick tips on how to use yoga to ease stress before a big event. "Lots of breathing," she says in the video, adding that focusing on the breath can be "really, really calming and relaxing" when tensions are running high.
"You make me feel so much better when I see you," Witherspoon tells Katz in the video.
Besides the physical benefits of yoga (which, BTW, include improved flexibility, increased strength, and weight loss), it's no secret that the practice can also do wonders to clear your mind and help you feel more at ease with yourself.
"The tensing and relaxation of muscles during yoga—along with mindful awareness of physical sensations—helps us relax," physician Jamie Zimmerman, M.D., a Sonima meditation instructor, previously told us. That may be one reason why just eight weeks of daily yoga can significantly improve sleep quality in people with insomnia, according to a Harvard University study. (Related: Why It's Never Too Late to Start Practicing Yoga)
Research also shows that yoga can be a general source of natural anxiety relief, according to Harvard Medical School. Reviews of a wide range of yoga practices suggest that flowing on your mat can help to balance out some of the body's exaggerated stress responses, like an increased heart rate, rapid breathing, and high blood pressure, per the institution.
Given the many stress-relieving benefits of yoga, it's no surprise that Witherspoon intentionally carves out time to get her flow on before big events like the Golden Globes.
Sadly, her video doesn't show her entire yoga routine, but it does highlight two movements: The first one is Vriksasana, aka tree pose, which is considered an essential yoga pose for beginners. The movement is not only great for your posture and balance but it can also help to strengthen your abs. (Related: 14 Advanced Yoga Poses to Revamp Your Vinyasa Routine)
Next, Witherspoon is seen doing Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana, or extended hand-to-big-toe pose, another movement that challenges your balance. The actress nailed the pose, celebrating her flawless execution with a quick, cute dance.
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