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5 Influential People Who Do Yoga and Why You Should Too!

by Elaine Clara Mah

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“Isn’t yoga only for hippies?” I’ve heard that question asked a million times over by yoga skeptics and dissidents alike. Say what you will about the practice, but the fact of the matter is, that millions worldwide practice it. 

Among those millions are some more familiar faces including singer Miley Cyrus and actor Matther McConaughey Want to know who else does yoga? The yoga enthusiasts at BookYogaTeacherTraining.com have compiled a list that might surprise you!


Hillary Clinton



The Yoga Journal (Jul – Aug 2001) credited Hillary Clinton as having talked her husband Bill into going to a yoga class while both were in law school over two decades ago. Today, the former US Secretary of State’s yoga practice is still going strong. Clinton credits yoga for helping her keep her energy and flexibility going. Her idea of a good morning includes eight hours of sleep, scrambled eggs and yoga. She also stresses that a meditation practice keeps her in check, especially during the recent election campaign.


Justin Trudeau


If you haven’t seen the photograph of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau striking a Peacock pose (Mayurasana), you need to see it now. While it is unclear whether or not Trudeau practices yoga regularly, it is certain that he knows a thing or two about it. Mayurasana is an advanced yoga pose that requires quite a bit of core and arm strength. Trudeau’s father, Pierre Trudeau was an avid yogi and has also been photographed holding the same pose in 1970, a year before his son was born. Trudeau’s wife is also a certified yoga instructor, so this is truly a yoga family!


Robert Downey Jr.


Famed actor Robert Downey Jr. has fought a long and difficult battle with drugs and alcohol addiction. After achieving sobriety, Downey Jr. found yoga and he credits it for helping him reach a mental and spiritual balance as well as overcoming his addictions. This famed actor practices power flow yoga with Vinnie Marino and explains that each session makes him feel calm, reflective, and at peace.


Marilyn Monroe


At a time where women were discouraged from lifting a finger, Marilyn Monroe was a revolutionary. Apart from strength training and lifting weights – both of which were frowned upon for women at that time – Monroe was also an enthusiastic yogi, with her pictured holding a boat pose (Navasana) in 1948. Some sources have claimed that Monroe learned yoga from the First Lady of Yoga Indra Devi but this has never been confirmed.


Adam Levine


With an ever-busy schedule as a judge on “The Voice”, actor and lead singer of Maroon 5, Adam Levine has credited yoga as a practice that keeps him balanced. When Levine first started practicing, he admittedly rushed to do the most difficult version of the poses, whether or not he was physically or mentally ready. But five years of consistent practice has helped the artist become more patient and acceptant to the fact that yoga is a process, above all. The singer practices for at least an hour before each show. 


Hillary Clinton is rumored to be practicing Hatha yoga. Try this balanced yoga style too through a Hatha Yoga Teacher Training course!

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