Kerry Washington Has Legit Yoga Skills (And She Uses Her Powers for Good)

Kerry Washington has over 20 years of feature films and television projects in her rearview, and several on the horizon. But the A-lister somehow still finds time to practice and teach yoga.

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Kerry Washington earned her yoga certification in India

In an interview with Good Morning America, Washington dished a few details about how she became a yoga instructor and why she still hosts classes.

“Before I was able to make a living as an actor,” Washington began, “one of my many hustles was yoga. And I got certified to teach in India. I lived in India after college.” For the record, the theater major graduated from George Washington University in Washington, D.C., according to IMDb.

Kerry Washington teaches yoga to her social media followers

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As an established Hollywood actor, it appears that Washington is no longer in need of a side hustle. Still, she teaches yoga to her followers on Instagram Live. And she has a very relatable reason for doing so.

Washington told Good Morning America, “So, I think I started really teaching the yoga online in a way because I needed to be doing more yoga to calm my nerves and to sort of center myself. And I thought maybe if my millions of followers knew that I was doing it, they could hold me accountable, and I would show up for them and show up for me.”

‘Scandal’ alum Tony Goldwyn popped in to practice yoga

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Washington told Good Morning America about a famous pal who became a guest in her yoga training. She explained, “So, we’ve been doing yoga, and sometimes I have special guests. And Tony [Goldwyn], of course, is the ultimate special guest, so it was fun to practice with him.”

Goldwyn and Washington heated up the airwaves on Scandal for seven seasons. Their on-again-off-again love affair was enough to give fans whiplash. But the show was wildly addictive until the very end. Some fanatics still rehash the show on streaming, and according to Washington, the former castmates are still pretty attached — at least to each other.

“It’s always so fun to get together with our Scandal fam. We are still — you know, years after wrapping — we are still totally obsessed with each other. So, it’s always fun when we get to spend a little time.”

Washington welcomes other guests in her online class

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Aside from Goldwyn, Washington has featured other celebrity guests during her online classes. In one session, both Laverne Cox and Gabrielle Union joined. Afterward, Washington shared an Instagram snapshot with a message of gratitude.

Her caption read, in part, “Wow. Just wow. Thank you all for joining yoga today. I felt the love from all of you and I hope you felt it too. Laverne Cox, you are a goddess. Thank you for being YOU and thank you for being the powerful, immensely fierce light we all need, today (and always). Gabrielle Union love you deep. Thank you for popping in to show your vulnerability and strength. Love you mama.”

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