Gwyneth Paltrow claims she made yoga popular

The 46-year-old actress documented her fascination with the physical, mental and spiritual exercise programme when she first launched her website and lifestyle empire Goop in 2008, and has now taken credit for the rise in yoga’s popularity over the last decade.

She said: “Forgive me if this comes out wrong, but I went to do a yoga class in LA 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, ‘[She has] this job because I’ve done yoga before.'”

The Iron Man actress claims she was met with criticism when she first spoke about yoga on the Goop website, and says people thought she was a “crackpot” for indulging in the practice.

Speaking to WSJ magazine, she added: “That was the beginning of people thinking I was a crackpot. Like, ‘What do you mean food can affect your health, you f***ing psycho?’ I remember when I started doing yoga and people were like, ‘What is yoga? She’s a witch. She’s a freak.'”

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However Gwyneth’s claim has been mocked by yoga fans around the world, with many deeming it “absurd”

“Did not know Gwyneth Paltrow time traveled back 5000 years to give us yoga”, claimed one social media user, whilst another tweeted, “Dear Gwyneth Paltrow, You have a “job” because certain brown people invented yoga thousands of years ago. Very Truly Yours, Certain Brown People.”

Author: BANG Showbiz