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:
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.