Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine sits down for a chat with Details and reveals his mix-and-match yoga routine that he practices at home, at the recording studio, and on the road. The 32-year-old ‘The Voice’ judge says in the magazine’s December/January issue that he has a room backstage at his concerts just to do yoga. “At any Maroon 5 concert, you’ll see a room backstage marked yoga,” he admits.
Even though at the very beginning Adam stayed away from yoga due to what he calls “the cheesy clichés”, he decided to give it a try after all the gym exercises turned him into a ‘monster’ and he started having lower-back pain and tight hips and hamstrings. “Weights made my neck thick, and I would be like, ‘I’m turning into a monster!'”
And there are five years since Adam hasn’t entered a gym. “Yoga takes what you have and molds and sculpts it, which is a much more natural way to look and feel,” he says. The singer told Details that yoga doesn’t have positive results upon your body but it also calms the mind. “I don’t like how people bulls**t about how yoga is not about vanity. Playing a show before thousands of people is a highly unnatural state,” he says, “and when I get on the mat to do an hour of yoga before the show, I come out physically relaxed.”
Adam confessed the magazine that he sees yoga as a form of meditation. “For me, that’s a form of meditation,” Levine says. Other times they are muscle-quiveringly difficult: “He’ll take me on a friggin’ obstacle course of yoga.” All of it, he says, adds up to “an investment in happiness for the rest of my life.”
The singer also reveals three of his essentials poses. The first one is the Headstand I which is a Sirsasana pose and Levine likes it because ‘it generates a good sweat and takes an intense amount of concentration to avoid falling over’. Next, the singer shows the half-moon with hands in prayer, a pose Levine has worked on in order to open up his chronically tight hips. The last pose is the one-Legged Koundinyasana II which is a good way to strengthen your chest and shoulder since all the weight is supported by the arms.
Speaking to Details magazine, the Maroon 5 frontman, who is working with New York City yoga instructor Chad Dennis, also revealed the five styles he uses in his yoga routine: Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Jivamukti, Iyengar, Anusara.
You can read more from Adam’s yoga tips on Details.com
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