Ego-less Yoga: An Interview with Moby on His Practice

“I get a lot more work done and I’m a lot happier with the work when I’m healthy as opposed to sick and hungover.”

Wise words. It may go against the ‘starving artist’ motif, but take it from internationally acclaimed singer/songwriter, Moby, who is certainly no stranger to success. Practicing a healthy lifestyle pays off in more ways than one. Eleven albums, fifteen awards (including two VMAs), and collaborations with the likes of Bono and David Bowie constitute a highly successful electronic music career. In addition to the millions of records he’s sold around the world, Moby practices yoga, keeps to a vegan diet, and lobbies for animal rights.

Moby features in the latest interview session on The Chopra Well’s URBAN YOGIS discussing yoga and the role lifestyle plays in a successful artistic career. You’ll see him in conversation here with Eddie Stern, who hosts the rest of the series. But as it turns out, these two have been friends for 25+ years! It was Eddie who first introduced Moby to yoga, and here they are years later chilling in ‘happy baby’ pose from the balcony of Moby’s Los Angeles home.

Moby has an interesting take on yoga and healthy living, somewhat different than what many say about their practice. Take a look and let us know what you think. One thing he said that stood out to us was, “I decided about six months ago that I never want to be good at yoga.” Being “good” for him implies a competitive spirit, comparing his own ability to some standard. Rather, Moby says, he wants to focus on enjoying himself, reaping the short and long-term benefits, and working toward greater flexibility and spiritual awareness. That’s when yoga becomes a ‘practice’ rather than an accessory.

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