As we move through the routine of our hectic lives, we often forget to stop and take a moment to breathe. Having time to reflect is important and there’s no better way of doing this than with meditation. To persuade you this is just what you need, we’ve looked to the red carpet and found ten celebrities who swear by meditation, making it an important part of their Hollywood lifestyle. With a few unlikely surprises, let these celebs lead you into the light of finding your inner calm.
Sir Paul McCartney
The Beatles shot to fame with their songs about peace and love and it turns out they really did practise what they would preach. The band were early adoptees of Transcendual Meditation technique, learnt from the Indian guru Maharishi Manesti Yogi. McCartney still practises every day, saying, ‘In moments of madness, meditation has helped me find moments of serenity.’
One of the most famous actresses in the world, the nation loves Jen. A lady who is always in the limelight, if it isn’t for her glowing skin and amazing hair, it’s for her acting talents as she stars in a countless number of award winning films. The secret behind her ageless beauty? Aniston swears by meditation, yoga and a high protein diet.
Britian’s favourite wild child, we all remember the days of ‘Bad Russell’ and his rock and roll lifestyle. Since then, Brand has used meditation to keep him off drugs and embrace a cleaner lifestyle. He has famously said meditation ‘made him a better person’ and we can’t disagree.
She’s been nominated for four Golden Globes and was named the highest paid actress over 40 in Hollywood. How does she keep her feet on the ground? The film star tried many different forms of meditation before she found the one for her.
If you don’t follow Gisele on Instagram, you really should. The highest paid model in the world loves to upload photos of her yoga and meditation practice (often with her baby daughter Vivien by her side). Meditating every morning and lunchtime helps her keep her inner calm and stay focused on the positives. The moral of the story – be more Gisele.
When talking about her meditation habits in an interview, Kerr said, ‘Life can get so busy for everyone, regardless of what your profession is, but it’s taking the time to have moments of gratitude that makes it meaningful.’
Needing little introduction, Katy Perry shot to fame for kissing a girl and liking it, roaring and singing catchy songs about fireworks. Whether you love or loathe her music, the lyrics get stuck in your head for weeks. Perry started meditating when she married Russell Brand in 2010.
Did you know that even Wolverine finds time to meditate between takes? Hugh Jackman has been meditating for fifteen years, saying the practice helped him overcome his obsessive compulsive disorder.
She’s one of the most beautiful women in Hollywood and is dating Ryan Gosling. Just when we couldn’t be more jealous of Eva Mendes she said it was meditation that, ‘Helps create not only a sense of balance but serenity and a calm state of mind.’
We all knew Gwyneth was a little hippie following her ‘conscious uncoupling’ last year, so it wasn’t much of a surprise that she also took up meditating. This is one lady who likes to get a little head space.
If you are now ready to dig out your most glamorous yoga clothes and get down to a meditation class, take a look at the courses listed on our site and get ready to find your zen.
Jane McGuire received her BA (English) from the University of Loughborough. A yoga enthusiast with a sweet tooth, in her spare time you will probably find Jane in the gym or online shopping.