I recently posted some blogs that included funny quotes about yoga from celebrities. Here’s one that got a lot of hits from Chris Rock: “Why do people do yoga? To clear their minds? I embrace the clutter in my head.” —Chris Rock
And Ellen DeGeneres provided us with some insight on her yoga practice: “I was in yoga the other day. I was in full lotus position. My chakras were all aligned. My mind is cleared of all clatter, and I’m looking out of my third eye and everything that I’m supposed to be doing. It’s amazing what comes up when you sit in that silence. ‘Mama keeps whites bright like the sunlight; Mama’s got the magic of Clorox Two.’” —Ellen DeGeneres
Since everyone seemed to enjoy these quotes, I thought it would be interesting to share a few more celebrity quotes, but this time from a more serious angle about how yoga has helped them strengthen their bodies, focus, cleanse, and calm their minds.
“Yoga calms me down. It’s a therapy session, a workout, and meditation all at the same time!” —Jennifer Aniston
“Ashtanga yoga has completely changed me. I try to do it every day, and the effect is amazing. It’s not just during the hours that I’m practicing. It’s about how it filters through into the rest of my life. It makes all the other bullshit dissipate. Who I am has emerged, and everything else has gone by the wayside.” —Gwyneth Paltrow
“The yoga mat is a good place to turn when talk therapy and antidepressants aren’t enough.” —Amy Weintraub
Jennifer and Gwyneth, I feel the exact same way about yoga. It has provided me with a great workout routine, it reduces my stress level, makes all the bullshit dissipate (love that, Gwyneth), and although I’ve never seen a psychiatrist or taken antidepressants, yoga is definitely my drug of choice for mood-lifting therapy.
I’ll keep searching for more quotes and inspiration from celebrity yogis, and I still need to find some quotes from one of my favorite yogi celebrities, the tantra-tastic Sting. I think I may have to dedicate a whole blog or several to Sting. Can you imagine what it is like to do partner yoga with Sting (Trudie, you are one lucky lady!)?
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