What do basketball phenom and Queer Eye superstar Jonathan Van Ness have in common? Well, besides powerful platforms and incredible careers, you can add the practices of yoga and meditation to the list.
Like many other major names in sports, entertainment, and business, both LeBron James and Jonathan Van Ness have harnessed the benefits of yoga and meditation to dive deeper into their respective crafts.
Are you curious to learn more about some of the world’s most successful people, and their relationship to yoga and meditation? Read on!
Here Are 5 Celebrities Who Meditate to Stay at the Top of Their Game:
1. LeBron James
As mentioned, LA Lakers forward and NBA legend LeBron James has been open for many years about his relationship with yoga. In fact, in 2009, James said, “Yoga isn’t just about the body, it’s also about the mind and it’s a technique that has really helped me.”
Since that time, a range of media outlets including the Miami Herald and Sports Illustrated have all discussed LeBron’s use of both Pilates and yoga to remain at the top of his game on the court.
However, most recently, a 2019 article by GQ Magazine revealed that James has also started to implement daily meditation into his regimen.
According to his trainer Mike Mancias, James will either practice first thing in the morning or in the evening when he’s preparing for bed. He also utilizes apps like Calm to help him achieve better sleep.
2. Jonathan Van Ness
If you’ve ever watched an episode of the Netflix series Queer Eye, then you’ve likely come to know (and more than likely come to love) the personality that is Jonathan Van Ness.
Aside from helping men and women feel more confident through self-care, self-love, and a great haircut, Van Ness also occasionally offers tips he’s learned from yoga.
With a personal practice that spans over a decade, Jonathan has been outspoken about the role yoga plays in his life.
In fact, in an interview with LA Yoga, he even revealed how yoga helped him during his audition for the hit television series reboot.
According to Van Ness, auditioning was so nerve-wracking that he had to channel what he’d learned about being uncomfortable through practicing yoga:
“I explored the answer to the age-old question of how to tell the difference between the dull ache of discomfort that you can just sit through and the sharp shooting pain that you just have to tap out of. Learning to sit in discomfort and keep breathing is always key.”
Today, you can often find videos of the energetic Van Ness dancing, doing gymnastics, ice skating, and of course, practicing yoga on his personal Instagram account.
As an avid practitioner of Transcendental Meditation, Oprah Winfrey has been quoted saying that she views meditation as a way to “connect with that which is God.”
And while hosting meditation challenges alongside major names like Deepak Chopra undoubtedly indicates a level of devotion to her practice, it is far from what makes her story of success so unique.
Known globally as a television producer, talk show host, actress, and all around media mogul, Oprah Winfrey hasn’t just used her personal meditation practice to excel in her field. Instead, she has reshaped that field on a major scale to bring the exploration of spirituality to each and every member of her community.
From her Super Soul Sunday talk show to best-selling books and most recently, a 2020 Vision tour, Oprah truly walks the talk and is utilizing it to empower millions of men and women across the globe.
Offering healers, spiritual leaders, and wellness gurus a platform to both share and teach, Oprah continues to be as much a student as the rest of us. Luckily, however, she’s using some pretty incredible connections and a love for her practice, to bring us information worthy of sharing.
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4. Arianna Huffington
Arianna Huffington, renowned business woman and president of the Huffington Post Media Group, has spent decades rising as one of the world’s most prominent voices in media.
Growing up in Athens, Greece, Arianna was taught from an early age to value the practice of yoga, a tool she even credits in helping her give birth to her children.
However, despite Arianna’s personal experience with yoga, it wasn’t until a collapse from exhaustion in 2007 that she was motivated to rethink her approach to work.
Since that time Arianna has become an active proponent for incorporating wellness into one’s everyday routine.
In August 2016, she launched Thrive Global, “a corporate and consumer well-being and productivity platform with the mission of changing the way we work and live by ending the collective delusion that burnout is the price we must pay for success.”
In addition to an emphasis on sleep and stepping away from digital devices, Huffington also stresses the importance of yoga, mindfulness, and meditation – all of which are practices she uses daily to maintain balance in both her work and personal life.
5. Jeff Weiner
In 2013, Arianna’s media child, The Huffington Post, published an article titled “The New Favorite Pastime of the Business Elite (Hint: It’s Not Golf).”
Within the piece, the author Carolyn Gregoire mentioned a number of business leaders who are utilizing the practice of meditation to improve both their work and their lives. One such individual is tech entrepreneur and LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner.
Open about his reliance on meditation, Weiner has written many guest blog posts on the networking site regarding how he utilizes ancient texts and practices to help him lead with compassion.
In other articles such as one published by CNBC, Weiner also noted that maintaining a routine of daily exercise and meditation helps him to stay focused while balancing professional responsibilities.
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The Takeaway on Celebrities Who Meditate
If there’s one lesson we can garner from this list of moguls, it is that showing up as the best, most balanced version of yourself, will eventually lead to success.
And while what success looks like may be different for all of us, finding a practice you love and sticking to it regularly is key.
Who are your favorite celebrities who meditate? Please let us know in the comments below!
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