Workouts of the Stars: Celebrity Moms Love Yoga & Pilates

We often marvel at how celebrity moms stay so fit and fabulous before, during and after their pregnancies, but the truth is, many of them work out religiously to stay in shape and to regain their figures after baby arrives. We’ve spotted a slew of famous moms coming and going from yoga and pilates classes, which are two of the most popular workouts in Hollywood and NYC. The good news for moms without star status? Yoga and pilates classes are readily available to all of us!

Click below to read about the many famous moms who practice Yoga and Pilates to keep their famous physiques in top form!


The ancient tradition of yoga still reigns supreme among celebrities who want an overall workout of their mind, spirit and body. Some even attribute pain free childbirth and the art of living a stress free life to their yoga practice.

The tall and slender Gwyneth Paltrow constantly raves about the benefits of yoga, saying the practice of yoga changed her life. She de-stresses by unwinding with the exercise, as opposed to indulging in sugary treats! But rest assured, Paltrow’s amazing body is hard-earned. It is reported that she works out as much as three hours a day!

  • Julianne Moore

Red-headed beauty and phenomenal actress Julianne Moore says her one and only exercise of choice is yoga.

I do yoga. In fact, it’s pretty much the only thing I do, believe it or not. Yoga is nice because it gives me time to just zone out. But once you have children it is shocking how quickly your day goes. I do a lot of that stuff with my kids. If I’m not working it really is just about my family. So even finding time for yoga is a challenge.

Remember the headline making news that Gisele’s natural home birth didn’t hurt in the slightest? (How much luck can one woman have?) Well, Gisele Bündchen attributes this jaw-dropping statement in part to her yoga practice:

My delivery was in a bath tub, in water,” the 29-year-old beauty said. “I wanted to have a home birth. I wanted to be very aware and present during the birth… I didn’t want to be drugged up. So I did a lot of preparation, I did yoga and meditation, so I managed to have a very tranquil birth at home. It didn’t hurt in the slightest…

With a delivery that easy and carefree, it’s no surprise that Gisele wants lots of children… even if that includes, in her own words: bodily changes and breasts that sag.

Minnie Driver feels so strongly about the sacred influence of yoga in her life that she calls it her “church.” The mom of 19 month old Henry Story says, “My church is surfing and yoga. If I can get in a surf or practice yoga then I will. Yoga’s great for when you’ve got a full brain and can’t stop the mind chatter.”

Vegetarian Tiffani Thiessen may have succumbed to meat cravings during pregnancy, but the star doesn’t falter on her exercise regime which includes hiking with her dogs and yoga.

Reese Witherspoon is often seen around town in casual workout gear and baseball caps, and in addition to walking and exercising outdoors, Reese loves a good yoga session.

  • Madonna

Age-defying megastar Madonna regularly practices Ashtanga Yoga. Ashtanga is a type of yoga that is more aerobic in nature, providing a cardiovascular workout that no doubt keeps Madonna in fighting shape for her performances.


An exercise that promises to shape, sculpt and strengthen your body, give you long, lean muscles, improve flexibility, de-stress and lose weight? Pilates! No wonder celebrity moms are lining up for Pilates classes in droves!

Ellen Pompeo was spotted coming and going from many a Pilates class during her pregnancy with now 7 month-old daughter, Stella Luna.

Violet and Seraphina’s hands-on mom takes time for herself with daily pilates sessions that she does in the mornings before anyone wakes up! Of her fitness schedule, Jennifer Garner says,

I started feeling like I didn’t have time or energy for it, but now I realize I didn’t have energy because I wasn’t exercising. So I work out with my trainer or do an hour of pilates at 6 or 7 a.m. I’m done by the time my household is awake. I don’t do it every day, and if I need to cancel, I cancel.

After giving birth to her twins, Max and Emme, Triple threat singer, dancer and actress Jennifer Lopez practiced Pilates, in addition to tapering her diet and doing lots of cardio to help lose her baby weight and get back in shape.

Beautiful mom Rachel Weisz maintains that nursing helped her burn 500 calories a day, but she says she also got her pre-pregnancy shape back due to her Pilates practice.

Want to know how mom of four, Brooke Burke stays in shape during and after each of her pregnancies? You guessed it, Pilates! She offers,

I’ve been doing Pilates for eight years. I actually started with my first pregnancy. I’m a big believer in staying fit during your pregnancy. I know a lot of women are a little afraid to work their abs, or are afraid of core work, but I think it supports your back and I think it helps for an easier delivery and it makes us feel good.

  • Sarah Michelle Geller

Sarah Michelle Geller practiced Pilates up until days before she gave birth to her daughter, Charlotte!

Actress and former model Garcelle Beauvais no doubt gets a ton of exercise running after her three boys, but she also stays in shape with a regular Pilates routine.

Model mom to twin girls Dolly Rebecca Rose and Charlie Tamara Tulip, Rebecca Romijn, loves doing Pilates and her husband Jerry O’Connell attests it is her exercise of choice for losing the weight she gained during her pregnancy.

Radiant model/actress Liv Tyler, and mom to adorable son, Milo stays long and lean by doing Pilates. She is seen here leaving a Pilates class in Los Angeles.

River‘s mom, Keri Russell makes Pilates part of her healthy lifestyle, which also includes dance parties at home with her son!

Comedienne and mom of Henry, 17, and Charles, 12, Julia Louis-Dreyfus jokes that she feels most beautiful,

When I’m superskinny. [Laughs] No, but I always feel good after I exercise. I run, hike, do Pilates. I try to change it up.

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  • nosoupforyou

    I do yoga and go to the gym 4 days a week on top of that while working a 40 hour a week job.

  • Mommyof4

    I used to live in NYC Pilates became a huge part of my life after I had my daughter. I thought I would never get my pre-baby body back but now, I am in even better shape and I’ve had 2 more children! It’s great for Dad’s too. There are no studios where I live now so my husband and I do the videos. He loves it!

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