In an interview with WSJ Magazine, Gwyneth Paltrow said that the growing popularity of yoga came back to him partly, which was badly received in the twittosphere, as well as by the high authorities of Hinduism in the United States.
“Forgive me if it sounds bad, but I went to a yoga class in Los Angeles recently. The 22-year-old behind the counter asked me, “Have you ever practiced yoga?” And, literally, I turned to my friend and said, “You got this job because I already done yoga, “boasted the British actress.
The representative of Hinduism in the United States, Rajan Zed, explained that Gwyneth Paltrow was wrong to think that she was at the origin of the rise in popularity of yoga.
“The facts are completely inconsistent with his idiosyncratic belief,” he told WENN. Traces of yoga date back to about 2000 years BC in the Indus Valley civilization, and yoga has long been experienced in the United States even before the birth of Paltrow … And she should note that the humility is the main virtue of a true yogini, as yoga tends to relieve the dangers of arrogance and pride. ”
Rajan Zed, president of the Universal Society of Hinduism, added: “Yoga is a mental and physical discipline that unites the human soul with the universal soul. He was doing well without Paltrow’s help. Yoga directs the practitioner from the consciousness of the outside world to the inside, while Paltrow did the exact opposite. She should be aware that yoga aims to free the mind of anger, lust, fear, greed, jealousy and melancholy. ”
He also targeted the expensive yoga retreats promoted by the actress’s lifestyle website, Goop, explaining: “Goop’s 2017 Holiday Gift Guide has advertised a yoga retreat. love for $ 2400, while the typical range of individual sessions in yoga studios and gyms, in the country, is $ 8 to $ 23. It is completely inappropriate for a true yogini to promote commercial greed through exorbitant products linked to traditional practices of yoga and meditation, the techniques of which could be controlled at minimal or no cost. ”
Rajan Zed also listed several celebrities who, although they practice yoga, have never claimed to be responsible for its growth: Ashley Judd, Barbara Streisand, Cameron Diaz, Charlie Sheen, Charlize Theron, David Duchovny, Eva Longoria and Halle Berry, among others.