All Meghan Markle Wants Is a Good Yoga Session

After a long week sometimes all we want is a little downward dog and a nice long Shavasana. So does Meghan Markle.

It’s been a week packed with royal engagements for the pregnant 37-year-old Duchess of Sussex. In between writing encouraging notes and talking to young thespians, Markle chatted with a yoga enthusiast in the crowd and admitted she wanted to sink into a relaxing yoga practice right then and there.

“What kind of yoga do you do?” Markle reportedly asked her fellow yogi. “It works for the mind and body, it’s so key. A nice practice would be so fantastic right now.”

The duchess incorporated yoga into her wellness routine at a young age, as her mother Doria Ragland is a yoga instructor and introduced her to its benefits early on. As she previously told Best Health Magazine, “I started doing mommy-and-me yoga with her when I was 7. I was very resistant as a kid, but she said, ‘Flower, you will find your practice—just give it time.’ In college, I started doing it more regularly.

Markle went on to say she looks to yoga for “muscle strength, greater happiness, increased mental focus, a greater ability to relax, decreased anxiety and better sleep.”

This could be why the duchess shared with royal well-wishers during her tour of Oceania last October that she opted for a 4:30 a.m. yoga session to combat her jet lag.

Markle now relies on yoga so much in her daily life that she and Prince Harry are reportedly including a yoga studio in their new home at Frogmore Cottage.

Namaste, Meghan.

Lex Goodman

Cat mom, yogi, brunch enthusiast

Lex is an LA native who's deeply obsessed with picnics, Slim Aarons, rosé, Hollywood history and Joan Didion. She joined PureWow in early 2017.
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