Angelina Jolie Reveals her Maleficent Wings Workout
Angelina Jolie can be seen sporting some massive wings in the trailer for the movie Maleficent.
Angie’s bod might always look magnificent, but the thin star just wasn’t strong enough to handle having those heavy wings strapped to her back while she was hooked to a rig and maneuvered around the movie set like a giant puppet. To make sure that she could carry all that weight and survive her flights, she had to turn to an exercise that she absolutely despises: yoga.
Jolie told USA Today that her stunt coordinator recommended the exercise, but the actress has “no patience” for yoga since she’s “not a still person.” However, she realized that she needed to do it in order to strengthen her core.
If you want to get strong like Angelina Jolie, try doing these core-strengthening yoga poses inspired by Maleficent:
Surely Angelina did this move since she was preparing to do a giant pair of bird-like wings, but perhaps she renamed it “The Raven” in honor of Maleficent’s feathered friend named Diablo. This pose is great for improving balance, and it strengthens the arms and shoulders. Just balance your whole weight on your hands as you hold yourself up in the air with your knees on the backs of your upper arms. You’ll want to start in a Wide Squat before transitioning into The Crow pose, which you should try holding for five deep breaths.
The 4-Limbed Staff
Keep yourself as stiff as Maleficent’s magical staff while holding this plank-like pose. To do it properly, Fitsugar recommends starting in a Mountain pose. Transition to a Standing Forward Bend by bending over and putting your palms on the floor. Now take a deep breath and pop your legs back so that you’re in a push-up position. Make sure that your shoulders are over your wrists. As you exhale, lower your body slowly until your upper arms are parallel with the floor. Stay in this position for five deep breaths.
Happy Baby Pose
Try this childish pose in honor of Princess Aurora, the baby who gets cursed by Maleficent. Lay on your back and exhale, then inhale and grab the outsides of your feet with your hands. Open your legs slightly and bring your knees toward your armpits, making sure that your ankles and knees are lined up. Now pull your hands down and press your feet up to create a little resistance. Take five deep breaths.