Meditation Made for a Rock Star

Adam Levine has piles of talent, but he attributes much of his success to his daily yoga practice. Here his teacher shares a favorite meditation.

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By Dana Meltzer Zepeda

He’s scored millions of album sales, won an Emmy for coaching singers on the The Voice and snagged the coveted title of People magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive.” There’s no denying Adam Levine is at the height of his career but there may be more to his success than an enviable work ethic: His yoga practice helps.

“Yoga is the perfect workout for him physically and mentally,” says Alanna Zabel, yoga clothing designer and author of the new book As I Am: Where Spirituality Meets Reality, who also happens to be one of Southern California’s most in-demand yoga instructors, teaching clients like Levine, who she’s known for seven years. “Adam tends to build muscle very quickly but he also has a really quick-moving mind. Yoga and meditation are just so helpful. He sees the difference very quickly, so it’s good for him.”

Levine has spoken publicly about the benefits he gets from yoga, particularly its help in keeping cool under pressure. Zabel isn’t surprised: The singer practices a strong vinyasa flow with plenty of restorative holds that help soothe the nervous system, and he meditates daily.

Want some of Levine’s focus and composure? Try this 21-minute mediation Zabel taught to her favorite rock star. Use coupon code YJ upon checkout.

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