One of my favorite of the 90s supers is the incomparable Christy Turlington. Her effortless beauty and unique look contributed to her enduring career as a supermodel and the Christy of legend in the now famous Cindy, Christy, Naomi, Claudia, Linda group of megawatt model babes.
Christy has made it public knowledge that she’s a huge proponent of Ayurveda. The ancient Indian pursuit of prolonging the life and using natural remedies to treat aging afflictions as well as a method for holistic preventative medicine. Ayurveda is an art and a science built around balancing an individual based on their distinct physical, emotional, and life rhythm. The former supermodel also pairs her Ayurvedic practice with meditation and a devout adherence to yoga. Turlington even went so far as to cross over into entrepreneurship by creating her Ayurvedic inspired skincare line, Sundari. Christy began Sundari back in the year 1999, but parted ways with the brand in 2003 for undisclosed and publicly unknown reasons.
The model wasn’t always so holistic, she started smoking at age 13 as a young model. She didn’t quit until she was around 26 years old and beginning an undergraduate degree at New York University in Eastern Philosophy and Comparative religion. The model famously stated she’d rather gain ten pounds and lose her modeling career than to be down ten pounds and unhealthy and addicted to nicotine and smoking. She is now an outspoken voice regarding COPD, a disease she lives and copes with.
The former model is a practitioner of Ashtanga yoga, a style of yoga known for its methodical attention to specifics. The name, meaning “eight limbed yoga” is Turlington’s favorite style because it is yoga built on discipline and fortifying the inner self, rather than chasing flexibility goals like many modern yoga practitioners do.
In an interview, when asked if she pursues yoga for fitness reasons or for spiritual ones Christy Turlington said “Yoga is a spiritual practice that has incredible physical benefits. I look at it as a lifestyle, a way of living that connects me to me. You know, the word "Yoga" means union. It's like everything in Yoga yokes or unites you to something higher, the highest part of yourself.
What I did for a living for so many years separated who I was from what I did, and Yoga has brought back all the parts of me. Yoga puts me in a place that is a little bit less about doing and more about being, which enables me, in fact, to do more.”The statuesque Turlington practices yoga in her home three mornings a week, and tries to take two classes a week.
In an interview with Time magazine she relayed her views on yoga the practice versus yoga the workout. “"I was interested in cleaning my body on a deeper level. Yoga really purifies your organs and blood. You feel that. You feel that circulation of energy. But the real lesson yoga gives you is learning how to be present."
Even though Turlington studies all six branches of yoga (and views her charity work and anti-smoking activism as seva— "service," an aspect of Karma Yoga), she's not critical of the popular exercise-oriented yoga boom, other than to worry some about the lack of standardization among teachers.
"Gym yoga isn't always the healthiest thing. I talk to so many people who say they've hurt themselves in a class and will never go back.
"I have friends who simply want to have a yoga butt. And there is such a thing. They're just interested in the kind of body they're going to have, although not everybody's going to have a Madonna body. I've been to lots of yoga classes, and there are a lot of different kinds of yoga bodies. I'm amazed at the strength and suppleness I see that some people have underneath very voluptuous shells."
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