More Stars Ditching Fame For Forearm Stand

Last week I was all excited because my NYC buddy Jay-Z was talking to the press about his desire to take up yoga. This week we've got more A-listers who are embracing the asana practice, and I couldn't be more excited. Basketball legend Shaquille O'Neal showed up at a class in his Cleveland neighborhood recently, and is now taking to the practice as part of his exercise regimen. "I'm the worst yoga student in the history of yoga," says Shaq. Aw, there's no such thing! The b-baller's teacher has ordered him an 100-inch mat and says of her new pupil, "He's got some tight hamstrings. He's obviously a big, strong man. He told me he doesn't stretch very often and that was pretty apparent. I'm looking forward to working with him to get him into some deeper stretches."

If you've ever tried to convince a man in your life to go to yoga, you're familiar with the misconceptions that come with the territory (if you saw the terribly stupid yoga scene in the horrendous new flick Couples' Retreat, you know what I'm talking about). So it's always exciting (for me, at least!) when a famous guy gets hooked on Sun Salutations. But Shaq's not alone - apparently Kanye West is headed to an ashram in India to reconnect and re-balance after his belligerent appearance on the MTV Movie Awards. It's interesting that there seems to be an influx of stars ditching the materialism that's plagued Hollywood in recent years (or, uh, forever) in favor of introspection and self-discovery. Any guesses as to why this is?

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