Supermodel Christy Turlington doesn't fit the stereotype of a model. She uses the gentle flow of yoga for fitness rather than frantic workouts for weight loss, focuses on being her best in mind, body and spirit rather than fitting into a size zero and, most impressive, selects modeling gigs on the basis of what they can do for her non-profit organization, Every Mother Counts (EMC), reports Prevention magazine.
It was her own health scare that inspired her to start EMC. "I had complications. I hemorrhaged after delivering Grace, my first, in 2003. This was after a great pregnancy and birth. I had a doula and a midwife and a great medical team. I was so shocked that that could happen. I researched it and encountered some really upsetting statistics: At the time, it was half a million women dying from pregnancy- and childbirth-related complications every year, and my particular complication is a leading cause of death," Christy told Prevention.
She relies on yoga for every aspect of her life and even contributed to the DVD: "Yoga Is: A Transformational Journey." Whenever she feels "stressed out about this or that...the yoga is there," reflects Christy. "It's about the equanimity of any moment, no matter how hard. You find that first on the mat, and then the mat is everywhere. You bring it with you. It sounds esoteric, but to me, it's actually very practical. People say things like 'I'm not flexible … I can't do yoga.' You know what? Then you won't be flexible. The power of the mind — yoga teaches you about that. I also love the collective piece of it. Sure, I have a self-practice. But I prefer the sweaty, stinky room," Christy admits.
Christy's belief in balance rather than extremes extends to her diet. "I'm not [a vegetarian]. That seems to upset some yogis. I do everything in moderation. I make a great salad niçoise. The other night we made shrimp tacos. Greens and nuts are my main sustenance."