Meghan Markle’s old yoga routine could easily be done from your living room


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© Provided by Business Insider Inc Meghan MarkleMeghan Markle has always made staying in shape a priority.

In addition to Pilates and running, yoga is an important part of Markle’s fitness routine. Despite her busy schedule, Best Health magazine reports that she prioritizes practicing at least twice a week — or at least, she did before marrying in the royal family.

Markle’s love of yoga runs in her family. Her mother, Doria Ragland, is a yoga instructor and introduced her daughter to the practice at age seven, according to Best Health magazine. Although Markle admits she wasn’t totally down with Downward Dog back then, she grew to enjoy the practice and made yoga a regular part of her fitness regimen in college.

Markle’s yoga practice is literally a head to toe workout. Birchbox reports that she uses a facial yoga exercise routine from aesthetician Nichola Joss to achieve glowing skin, reduce lines, and create a more sculpted look in her cheekbones and jawline.

Women’s Health reports that Joss recommends sweeping eyebrows up to the hairline with your fingertips and pushing up on your cheekbones with your thumbs.

And as for the rest of her body, Markle prefers an upbeat Vinyasa class set to hip-hop music to get her blood pumping. Before she joined the royal family, she was a regular fixture at Y7 Yoga, a hip-hop yoga studio with locations in Los Angeles and New York. The fast-paced classes are held in a heated candle-lit studio and set to a soundtrack that might make you think of your favorite club.

Related: From actress to the Duchess of Sussex: Meghan Markle through the years (Provided by Photo Services)

 

Although her schedule may not allow her to visit Y7 as often, there’s no doubt that Markle finds a way to work a little yoga into her new royal life.

Markle credits one of her favorite gurus, Canadian yoga instructor, Duncan Parviainen, with making her fall in love with the practice. In 2016, the “Suits” start shared Parviainen’s six-pose sequence for rejuvenation on her lifestyle blog, The Tig back in 2016.

Here is a look at the routine.

To achieve this, step your feet wide apart and extend your arms out to the side, parallel to the floor. Keep your shoulder blades relaxed and allow your palms to face down.

First is the Warrior Two pose

Then, turn your left foot in slightly. Let your right toes face the top of your yoga mat. Your right heel should be aligned with the arch of your left foot.

Exhale and bend your right knee 90 degrees. Hold for five breaths. Repeat on the other side.

Next, move into Downward-Facing Dog

a person standing in front of a building: downward dog© Provided by Business Insider Inc downward dogStart on all fours, then place your hands in line with your shoulders and root down into the floor with your fingers.

Keep your arms straight as you lift your hips toward the ceiling and straighten your legs. Hold for 10 breaths.

Start lying on your back. Bend your knees and place your feet hips-width apart.

Follow with the Bridge pose

On an inhale, lift your hips and press your feet firmly into the floor. Lengthen your tailbone. Keep your arms at your sides with your palms down. Hold for 10 breaths.

Next, ‘Thread The Needle’ on both sides

a young man lying on the ground: yoga thread the needle pose© Provided by Business Insider Inc yoga thread the needle poseBegin on your hands and knees, placing your wrists directly under your shoulders and your knees directly under your hips.

Place your shins and knees hip-width apart, while centering your head in a neutral position.

On an exhale, slide your right arm under your left arm with the palm facing up. Rest your right ear and cheek on the mat, gazing toward your left. Make sure you are not straining your next and shoulders.

Hold the pose for a minute max. Release, by pressing through your left hand and sliding your right hand back.

Repeat on the other side.

Lie on your back with your arms out to each side.

Follow that with the Supine Twist

Bend your knees and allow both legs to fall to your left side. Look towards your right hand. Hold for five breaths. Repeat on the other side.

Finish the routine with the Corpse Pose

a cat lying in front of a window: yoga corpse pose© Provided by Business Insider Inc yoga corpse poseLie flat on your back. Allow your toes to roll out to either side. Place your arms at your sides with your palms facing up.

Relax your facial muscles as you soften into the floor. Hold as long as you like.


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