4 Things To Know About Actor + Philanthropist Marlon Yates

Marlon Yates, actor and founder of the Brothas Capable 
of Accomplishing Anything foundation in Los Angeles, is a yogi.
Marlon Yates

This actor and founder of the Brothers Capable of Accomplishing Anything nonprofit for underprivileged youth in Los Angeles is a yogi.

1. He walked out during his first yoga class.

Four years ago, a good friend of mine who studied yoga in India introduced me to yoga. She told me about this great instructor named Chad Harmon at Sports Club/LA, which is now Equinox. My first couple of classes, I walked out after 20 minutes. It was hard! So my first time completing a class felt amazing; I was on a high.

2. Yoga keeps him balanced and gives her room to breathe.

I kept going back because I looked at it like I look at life: If you keep avoiding things, you can’t accomplish much. Now I practice for 90 minutes, six times a week, at 7 in the morning. When I don’t take a class, I just feel like I’m off balance. When I do, I feel great; I can breathe. Yoga’s changed my life.

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3. Yoga taught him to slow down on and off the mat.

My teacher once said, “Slow your life down on the mat; slow your life down in reality.” That’s when I realized that yoga was exactly what I needed. My goal is to get out of my head and just be. That’s what I’m working toward right now. It’s like if you want to be a great basketball player, there are minor adjustments to take you to the next level, and you get better with every shot.

4. He learned that happiness is living in the present.

I used to have bad anxiety. I’d worry, “When I’m 60, I need to be at this point in my life.” I’d be walking to an audition and I couldn’t breathe. I was tight and stressed. Yoga has taught me to relax and breathe and live in the present. That’s how I found out what true happiness is.

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Marlon Yates's Words to Live By

“Don’t make so many grand plans that you forget to live your life and let it pass you by.”

Favorite Pose

Bakasana (Crow Pose). I couldn’t do it at first, so it shows me I’ve progressed. It makes me feel very strong and solid.

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