Forget that there may be cave paintings of yoga. That doesn’t mean anything right now. The only thing that matters is that the history textbooks don’t mention that Gwyneth Paltrow is who we should be thanking for bringing yoga to our attention. Thanks a million Gwen! The actress recently sat down (or stood up. No word yet on what her pose was) with WSJ Magazine and talked about how she believes that she’s the reason all of us rush to our yoga class every morning.
“I remember when I started doing yoga and people were like, ‘What is yoga? She’s a witch. She’s a freak,'” the 46-year-old said. “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.'” I’m just surprised that 22-year-old didn’t get on her knees and thank Gwyneth for all of her contributions to humanity, including Goop. And speaking of Goop, Gwyneth revealed that she’s okay with her site being mocked left and right. “I’m so happy to suffer those slings and arrows, because if you look at the culture from then to now, people are so curious,” Gwyneth said. “It’s so beautiful to see people feeling empowered by natural solutions or ancient modalities alongside science and medicine.”
Gwyneth also hopes that Goop can “stand on its own two feet” without the huge push it gets from her name alone. “Part of me thinks it’s good for Goop that I also am still Gwyneth Paltrow,” Gwyneth said. “Over time, it would be great if somebody else could do that, especially since, you know, I’m not like a 20-year-old.” And besides, if Gwyneth is going to continue to introduce this thing called “yoga” to the rest of humanity, she can’t be bogged down by Goop. But for now Gwyneth will continue to be the face behind Goop. She’s even reached out to different moguls for advice, including Amazon’s Jeff Bezos. And what did Jeff say according to Gwyneth? “I’ve emailed him,” she said. “He won’t email back.”
Perhaps Jeff should check his spam folder. The majority of useless emails go in there.