Yoga myths: what are the benefits of the fitness regime?

Something of a buzzword among fitness enthusiasts these days, yoga has gained one more fan - Nigella Lawson.

The celebrity chef says she does not bother dieting, instead attributing her newly trim figure to yoga.While she dismissed the current trend for ‘clean eating’ as a fad, she revealed she has become a fan of lyengar – a form of slow yoga.

She told Good Housekeeping magazine: “I wouldn’t want a life where I lived on chia seed pudding.

"I love kale and I'm an avocado obsessive. But life is about balance, it's not about being smug. You don't eat things because you think they're good for you.”

The 55-year-old is slimmer than she has been in the past but said she had not been on a diet.

“No-one should be put on this earth to go on a diet,” she said. “It’s certainly true my weight went up – that happens in life sometimes. I have never been on a diet to try to lose weight. I feel like I haven’t lost weight, but I’m possibly in better shape.”

She has become a devotee of “a rather slow form of yoga called Iyengar”, saying: “As you get on in life, you value feeling well as opposed to looking well. Yoga certainly makes you feel great, and you want to carry on feeling great. I just do a bit in a very slow way – sometimes lying down.”

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