Jennifer Nettles Successful Weight Loss
Jennifer Nettles is part of the hit country band Sugarland. She won a grammy for her duet with Bon Jovi, and her band Sugarland was nominated for other grammies. Jennifer takes care of her body, and likes to stay in shape. So how does she do it? Keep reading to learn all of Jennifer’s weight loss secrets.
Jennifer Nettles Diet
Jennifer eats healthy and uses portion control to stay lean. “So that I don’t get ravenous after a show, my yoga teacher suggested I lie on the floor with my legs propped on the wall and breathe deeply for five minutes. By the time I stand, I’m able to think clearly about my food choices.” The entire band Sugarland like to stay healthy, and in shape. “Everyone in the band wants to stay well, so we started an e-mail chain on our Black Berries: We send each other lists of what we’ve eaten and how much exercise we’ve done each day. It keeps us on track.”
Jennifer Nettles Workout Routines
Jennifer tries to be flexible when she is on the road touring. She is dedicated to keeping up with her workouts no matter where she is. “On the road, Kristian and I try to do yoga every other day. We’ll either bring in a teacher or use yogafinder.com to check out local classes.”
“Ever since we began practicing yoga, it’s been creeping into our show.” “Now every performance includes some ‘shoga.'”
What do you remember about the first time you did a yoga class?
I remember thinking, “Downward dog is so not a resting pose!” Now it actually can be.
What is the biggest challenge for somebody who is just starting out in yoga or for somebody who has never gone to a class?
Getting over your ego enough to not push yourself too hard and to realize it is not a competitive sport in any way. There is an intelligent edge that if you push yourself beyond it, you can really hurt yourself.
With your traveling lifestyle, where do you usually do yoga?
More recently we have been going off the venue site and attending classes or taking private lessons at local yoga studios. However, we also practice at the venue either in our dressing rooms or in Kenny Chesney’s “Vibe Room,” which is actually where the after-show parties are held. It’s definitely interesting to bring a yoga vibe into such a space.
Have you ever tried hot yoga?
I have tried it and it’s not for me. I get too distracted by myself slipping around the mat in all my sweat. It’s hard for me to get the benefit of a pose I can’t actually hold.
What are the greatest benefits of staying active through yoga? And in general?
As with most physical activity, yoga helps boost your immune system. However, it also stretches and strengthens your body simultaneously, while also balancing your mind and spirit. It benefits the whole human.
A music career takes so much focus. Has yoga helped your powers of concentration?
I wouldn’t say it has helped my concentration as much as it has taught me life principles that I can apply to my work. The idea that life and work has a flow and we would all benefit from not pushing too hard within that flow is so helpful. The conscious awareness of your body and emotional state is helpful, too, in learning when to pause or take a moment for yourself before moving forward with either a show or an interview or even a question.
What exactly is “show-ga”? What are some of the positions involved?
Show-ga is actually moments where we incorporate some yoga elements into our physical show. You could see backbends or triangle pose. You never know.
Do you have your eye on a more advanced level of yoga as you learn more about it?
One great element of yoga is that there is always a way to advance or evolve one’s practice. There aren’t real levels as much as there are poses that you have to practice in order to achieve them. There is always a deeper place to go and more space to open. A way to hold a posture with more alignment or more or less intensity. A way to hold a posture longer. You can take yoga as far as you want to take it. It will never be fully learned or accomplished because our bodies are different every day.
What is your favorite part of the yoga experience?
Savasana. That’s everybody’s favorite part. The actual purpose of yoga is to prepare the body and mind for meditation. I love the feeling of space and calm that comes after a practice. The distractions of the day have been left behind when you step on the mat so that when you step off, you are more fully yourself. It is a beautiful feeling. The most relaxed you could ever feel. More than massage. More than sleep. More than … well, more than most anything.
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