Robert Downey Jr: a man, an actor and apparently a warrior, two.
There was a time not too long ago when movie star Robert Downey Jr. ventured way too far down the rabbit hole of drugs and addiction, until he miraculously bounced back to be all funny and serious and sexy (Tropic Thunder, Iron Man, Sherlock Holmes). There once was a time when native New Yorker Vinnie Marino took that trip as well, but climbed has way back up to become one of LA’s most beloved yoga teachers. Then there was that other time when the New York Times was causing a yoga “wreck”us and crowning Yoga Kings. Remember when?
He’s fit, mellow and reflective after a morning of power-flow yoga with his teacher Vinnie Marino, part of what could be called Team New Downey, a large coterie that includes yogis, massage therapists, martial-arts instructors and people who know about herbs. “I need a lot of support,” Downey says, “like Lance Armstrong. Life is really hard, and I don’t see some active benevolent force out there. I see it as basically a really cool survival game. You get on the right side of the tracks, and you now are actually working with what some people would call magic. It’s not. It’s just you’re not in the f___ing dark anymore, so you know how to get along a little better, you know?”
Oh we know. We go to magic class a few times a week. Come into the light, Robert! (ps. nice form.)
Thanks to MindBodyGreen for the heads up.
More info on yoga and addictions: Addiction, Recovery and Yoga: A Film Everyone Should See