The Yogis Owning the Oscars 

The long awaited 89th Academy Awards Ceremony takes place on Sunday, 26th of February,

We are stoked to see so many yogis nominated for best actor and actress.



The actors up for nominations in leading roles

Ryan Gosling – La La Land

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Ryan Gosling – La La Land

Ryan Gosling’s sweetheart reputation never fails to impress us and he hasn’t let us down this time. The actor is known to regularly attend yoga classes in LA but last week he brought his dog along. The dog apparently disrupted the entire class but how could you be mad at Ryan Gosling let alone his dog. Gosling is nominated for La La Land where he plays Sebastian, a jazz pianist whose life takes some unexpected turns as he struggles to make it as a musician in Los Angeles.

Viggo Mortensen – Captain Fantastic

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Viggo Mortensen  – Captain Fantastic 

Viggo Mortensen plays Ben in Captian Fantastic when he learns that his absent wife has died, Ben and his six children, who have been raised off the grid in the Pacific Northwest, head to New Mexico to attend her funeral. As they struggle to adapt to new surroundings, Ben reflects on his life and his parenting choices. Although Viggo himself doesn’t have a relationship with yoga, his character plays an untraditional dad raising six children in a teepee, ‘like a bookish, yoga-practicing Swiss Family Robinson.’

Denzel Washington – Fences

Denzel Washington – Fences

Denzel Washington

Denzel Washington has been a yogi since the age of 20 he says, ‘I think that we all at some point are in search of something – a higher power, whatever you want to call it, the meaning of life. I know I was, especially at even my son’s age in my 20s, and dabbling in Eastern philosophies and yoga and Buddhism and Christianity and Islam. I kind of touched them all, you know, just trying to figure out the meaning of life or if nothing else, figure myself out.’ Denzel is up for nomination for the film fences he plays Troy Maxson, a middle-aged man whose bitterness over his sports career and life as a black man in 1950s Pittsburgh threatens to tear apart his family.s

The actresses up for nominations in leading roles

Isabelle Huppert – Elle

Isabelle Huppert – Elle

Isabelle Huppert

Isabelle Huppert is an undercover yogi, saying she tries to practice an hour of yoga being the curtains before any performance. Isabelle plays Michèle in Elle, the CEO of a video game design company, is raped in her home but for personal reasons decides not to report the crime. As she searches for her assailant, Michèle’s feelings about the assault, her sexuality and her need for revenge become increasingly more complex.

Ruth Nega – Loving

Ruth Negga – Loving

Ruth Negga

Ruth Negga’s recent part in the film Loving has had a negative effect on the frequency she usually practices yoga. Her above and beyond support for the film has meant she has been attending interviews, pannels and press days rather than doing yoga and ‘hasn’t seen the inside of a yoga studio in weeks’ she says in an interview with The Guardian. Ruth plays Mildren in the real-life story of Mildred and Richard Loving, an interracial couple threatened with prison in 1950s Virginia because of their decision to get married. The case went all the way to the supreme court and would become a landmark judgment in American civil rights, although one that was only fully appreciated after Mildred died in 2008.

Natalie Portman – Jackie

Natalie Portman – Jackie

Natalie Portman

Natalie Portman definitely wins the award for best oscar yogi, she practices yoga daily and follows a vegan diet and believes this is the best way to maintain beautiful body skin and mind. She plays Jackie Kennedy in her new film and portrays the grieving and intensely private First Lady, who seeks to ensure her late husband’s legacy and her own, following his assassination

Emma Stone – La La Land


Emma Stone – La La Land 

Emma Stone

Another oscar nominee for La La Land. Up there with Natalie Portman, Emma Stone is seen regularly practicing yoga twice a week and ensures that it fits into any schedule. Emma Stone plays Mia, an aspiring actress who juggles her love for a jazz pianist with her attempts to find her own path to success.