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After 14 years as a prosecutor for the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office, Marcia Clark thought that taking yoga might be a good way to destress. She signed up for her first class just one week before she took on the O.J. Simpson trial: “I took two yoga classes before the case hit,” she says. “After that, my free time was over. I had to go to my teacher to say goodbye.”
Clark left her career in the courtroom behind when she realized no jury would ever be impartial toward her again and says—like a true yogi—”It was time to let change happen.” Not shy of a challenge, she stepped into a new life and now hosts a talk-radio show. Reintroduced to yoga through a friend, Clark now practices regularly with teacher Lauren Peterson, who recommends forward bends for Clark to collect her energy and turn her focus within: “I’m more in the moment, not worrying about the past, not worrying about the future.”
Recognized for her tenacity and high-octane drive, Clark’s outlook is now tempered by a more yogic philosophy: “Yoga helps you deal with change and the unexpected. I’ve learned to accept what is and proceed from there.”