Gwyneth Paltrow basically said all of America does yoga because she does, and Twitter has thoughts
Yoga. Millions of people do it, and even if you’re not a regular yogi, there’s a good chance you’ve practiced at least once or twice in your life (or, at the very least, driven by a yoga studio on your way to Burger King). And according to actress-turned-lifestyle guru Gwyneth Paltrow, that’s because of her. In a Tuesday, December 4th interview in The Wall Street Journal Magazine, Paltrow opened up about evolving health and fitness standards. “I remember when I started doing yoga and people were like, ‘What is yoga? She’s a witch. She’s a freak.’” she said. She continued:
“Forgive me if this comes out wrong, but I went to do a yoga class in L.A. recently and the 22-year-old girl behind the counter was like, ‘Have you ever done yoga before?’ And literally I turned to my friend, and I was like, ‘You have this job because I’ve done yoga before.’
And the comment is raising major eyebrows—in large part because yoga as a practice has been around long before Gwyneth Paltrow…like thousands of years before (not to mention the fact that she’s essentially claiming she has the power to single-handedly influence American culture). Yoga is also an Eastern practice with roots in ancient India, which Paltrow’s comments seem to disregard. As expected, Twitter has thoughts.
To be fair, it doesn’t sound like Paltrow claimed she invented yoga, but she definitely seems to think she’s the reason it’s popular.