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Joe Johnson’s physical change at age 41 thanks to hot yoga

Joe Johnson said goodbye to the NBA at the end of 2021 after a long career in which he defended the jerseys of the Boston Celtics, Phoenix Suns, At


Joe Johnson said goodbye to the NBA at the end of 2021 after a long career in which he defended the jerseys of the Boston Celtics, Phoenix Suns, Atlanta Hawks and Brooklyn Nets, among others. But one of his latest posts on social media makes it clear that the shooting guard could continue to play at the highest level or enjoy one last dance in the best league in the world. At 41 years old, the seven-time All-Star and bronze medalist with the United States in the first basketball World Cup won by Spain, has shared some images on his Instagram profile that have quickly gone viral and show the physical transformation that the ex-athlete has carried out.

The secret to having such a look is in hot yoga, a practice also called Bikram yoga or yoga with heat that he learned when he played for the Hawks in 2009 thanks to Wally Blase. At that time Joe had problems with his knee and also with his Achilles tendon, so Blase suggested that he join him and his wife in a hot yoga session: “I fell in love with it. He gave me the same feeling that basketball gives me. Heat yoga is so challenging… Every time I walk into that room I am humbled because no matter how good you are, it will still be hard.”

But what is hot yoga? It is a variant of traditional yoga in which a series of postures and breathing exercises are performed in a room at a temperature of 40º and with between 40 and 50% humidity. Benefits Johnson has found include “injury prevention, weight loss and detoxification of bad toxins from the body.” “I feel like a completely new person every time I go. That’s why I’m so hooked ”, he confessed years ago.

The one from Arkansas practiced it even during trips and hours before games, but he wanted to go one step further and created his own room in his Little Rock home. In addition, he rented studios in Atlanta and little by little he saw how friends and acquaintances began to unite, although what he really wanted was that there were more black people in yoga classes.

an expanding business

Joe Johnson is the founder and owner of Iso Yoga, a studio located in Atlanta but planning to expand across the United States. The former player has traveled to Los Angeles on more than one occasion to teach on weekends and plans to open stores in cities where he played, such as New York or Miami.