Why Gaga Believes In Yoga’s Higher Healing Power (EXCLUSIVE)
Mother Monster's yoga instructor tells CB! about how the workout can recoup the mind and body.
The songstress was spotted out of her wheelchair and ditching those exaggerated platforms for more post-surgery appropriate kitten heels to take a class at Tricia Donegan’s NYC Bikram yoga studio, Celebuzz confirmed, where she’s been finding her chi – and now regaining her strength.
"Many clients come in with physical injuries and mentally empowered. And once you start practicing, the whole system is empowered," Donegan told Celebuzz.
Bikram, she says, is based on Hatha Yoga or hot yoga -- which is often used to reduce stress and regain strength to overcome health challenges.
“It compresses certain organs, you hold it and let go. It flushes all the blood and oxygen and nutrients," she added.
“Certain postures are used for certain parts of the body and benefits, and you string them together and it connects your brain to do something with your body.“I’m a huge believer that with your brain and body connected, that’s a huge part of healing," Donegan said.
Although Donegan wouldn't comment on the pop star's recovery, Gaga has done her body good with yoga for years.
"Gaga said to me, 'To jog your memory, I confided in you and cried in your lap about a food problem I was having,'" Donegan told DNAinfo in 2010. "She told me I had talked to her about the proper hydration and proper nutrition necessary to having enough energy and strength."
But the 26-year-old singer, who has been open about suffering from bulimia and anorexia since she was 15, confessed to owing more than just her healthy lifestyle to the yoga guru.
Today, Gaga has launched her new movement, “A Body Revolution 2013,” to encourage body image acceptance.
And for her, there’s no place like yoga to help her mind and body.
“I'm excited to embark on an even deeper journey,” she wrote to Donegan in a note she penned in 2010. “You are such an inspiration… W more hydration + sleep. Yoga heals me + so do you.”
Take a look at Gaga in fine yoga form back in 2010 alongside Donegan in the photos above.
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