“Yoga is my thing,” Meghan Markle told us back in 2015, so we weren’t surprised to learn she was spotted at a yoga class in New York last weekend.
The duchess took a commercial flight out of London on Friday, September 6 and landed in New York in the early afternoon. She was there to watch friend Serena Williams play in the final of the US Open on Saturday—and also to pop into her favourite NYC yoga studio.
A source told People that Meghan went to Modo Yoga in Manhattan’s West Village with a friend and joined a class of about 60 people. People‘s source revealed the duchess “has been going to Modo Yoga for many years and tries to do so whenever she is in New York.”
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The source described the class as “the perfect remedy for jet lag,” so it makes sense Meghan would head to the yoga studio straight off a flight across the pond. After all, this isn’t the first time Meghan’s relied on yoga for some post-flight self-care. During her and Prince Harry’s royal tour in Australia in October 2018, she reportedly revealed she was fighting travel fatigue with yoga. Per Sky News’s source, Meghan felt pregnancy was similar to having jet lag, and woke up at 4:30 a.m. to do yoga when she couldn’t sleep.
Meghan’s been practicing yoga since she was a child. “My mom is a yoga instructor [in L.A.], and I started doing mommy-and-me yoga with her when I was seven,” Meghan told us in 2015. “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.”
Another reason Meghan chooses yoga over other wellness practices? “There are so many benefits that come with the practice of yoga,” Duncan Parviainen, Meghan’s yoga instructor when she lived in Toronto, told us. “A few benefits of vinyasa yoga include increased flexibility and muscle strength, greater happiness, increased mental focus, a greater ability to relax, decreased anxiety and better sleep.” (Yoga can also help boost your energy, like with these moves.)
As for the type of class Meghan took at Modo Yoga, we’re going to assume it was hot yoga since she once told us “I’ll do yoga a couple times a week – hot yoga, specifically.” (See which type of yoga is right for you.) As for what she did afterwards, we’re going to hope she enjoyed some sashimi—she once told us her perfect day would consist of taking her dogs for a walk, doing some yoga, and having “a great sashimi lunch.”
The duchess’s trip to Manhattan is the first time she has travelled without baby Archie but isn’t her first solo trip to the city since becoming a royal. This past February, Meghan celebrated her baby shower in NYC with a few of her closest friends.
Next, learn the signs that prove your body and mind want you to practice yoga.