The new romantic comedy “How Do You Know” starring Reese Witherspoon, Jack Nicholson, Paul Rudd, and Owen Wilson comes out this weekend. Reese Witherspoon always looks stunning on and off the big-screen, so what is her secret? Based on the tabloid pictures, we know running is one of her favorite workouts. But, not everyone knows that she also loves yoga! Reese Witherspoon recently became addicted to YogaHop in Santa Monica, California. At YogaHop, she takes a fast paced yoga class, set to her favorite music, with instructor Matthew Reyes.
Check out what Matthew Reyes shared with iyogalife about Reese Witherspoon’s workout routine and the benefits of yoga!
How much yoga does she do? And how often does she run?
“For the past two years, when she’s in town, I see her one to three times a week for a 90-minute class or in-home private sessions. I designed a workout that takes into account Reese’s three or four runs a week. She’s a hardworking woman between acting, being a mom and running a production company. This workout is made so that if you can only do one thing in your day, this is it.”
Why are yoga and running good complements?
“In Reese’s case she runs a lot so her legs had a good level of strength but now her upper and lower body are evenly structured. Also, when I coached runners, people got leaner but their joints would hurt more. Yoga makes people’s bodies look incredible with no trade-off. The reason I solely do yoga now is because I’ve seen bodies change the quickest, in a healthy, good way.”
Can you give us an example?
“Having been an athlete, run marathons, taught distance running, spinning, tennis, and weight training, I focus a lot on standing poses to stretch out her legs. Crescent is great because you increase your stride as a runner and it opens up any tightness. It’s important for runners’ ankles to be strong so they don’t twist them. Crescent also builds balance.”
Why is your class good for athletes?
“If you go to a gym, it’s never silent. So each of my classes consists of an hour-and-a-half soundtrack of rock, rap and hip-hop tunes. On any given day, you might hear John Mayer, U2, The Pussycat Dolls or even Michael Jackson. When I was teaching spinning, there were certain songs that sounded like you were going up a grueling hill; there were songs that sounded like you were doing a sprint; there were songs that sounded like you were relaxing. If you can hit all of those in a spinning class, the class is going to move better. So I learned it there and brought it into the yoga world.”
For more on yoga and Reese Witherspoon, check out the article at iyogalife! You can even see her workout playlist!