Mad about Yoga: Sheryl Crow
Four-time grammy winner Sheryl Crow was first exposed to yoga around age 11 when her father began practicing at home. But it wasn't until about a year ago that she began developing her own practice. Tim Smith, Crow's good friend and bass player, had been going to yoga classes regularly in Atlanta, and convinced her to bring Adele Gale, senior instructor at Atlanta Yoga, on the road with them during the 1999 Lilith Fair tour. Each day, the 38-year-old singer devoted two hours to learning the Ashtanga primary series. Toward the end of the tour, Crow became more focused on yoga and less on the music. "Tim and I would strike a pose on stage, substituting the standard bow at the end of the song with a variation on Parsvottanasana (Intense Side Stretch Pose). This, of course, struck us as hilarious," she says. The joke, however, was probably lost on the crowd. "Doing yoga on the road was really a life-saver, and a life-changer," says Crow. "It helped me to approach my day differently. It kept me focused and gave me more control over the way I divided my energy. Adele speaks of always acting from a place of goodness. I realize that if that is the basis for all decision-making, then the road is clear."