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Mad about Yoga: Ione Skye

An actress with 25 films—including Say Anything and Gas Food Lodging—to her credit, Skye always makes time for yoga.

By Dya Englert

Ione Skye, daughter of '60s folk-rocker Donovan, has acted in 25 movies including Say Anything and Gas Food Lodging. She was first introduced to yoga, at the tender age of 4, by her Jewish, New York City cab driver grandfather. At first she didn't like it very much because he frightened her, especially when he moved into Lion Pose! Now 30, she has tried different classes but "never really got into it" until a friend invited her to a Kundalini Yoga class in Los Angeles with teacher Gurmukh Khalsa. "I fell in love with doing yoga. The chanting was very deep for me. It was as if I remembered it. It was like a real surrender." Skye, in the midst of her busy life acting, painting, and writing a screenplay, always makes time for yoga. "I like doing a challenging class because it makes me more brave in life. My perception of hardships is now completely different. I'm not whining and moaning inside as much." When she travels, she stays committed to her practice. She especially loves doing Sun Salutations. "Every morning if I go in the sun and do them by myself, it's such protection.... Yoga is a life-saver."

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