Shania Twain, whose given name is Eilleen Regina Edwards, was born in Windsor, Ontario and raised in Timmons, Ontario, with a brief stint in Toronto.

Twain grew up Christian,1 but practiced a syncretic eastern philosophy called Sant Mat with her first husband.2 The philosophy emphasizes meditation, yoga, non-violence, and eating a vegetarian diet–among other things.3

She kept her life very private during this time, so we don’t know a whole lot about her spiritual practices.¬†We know she’s a vegetarian4 and that she practices yoga,5 but that’s about it. Regardless of the details, she’s obviously a spiritual person:

I’m always soul searching on a spiritual level. That’s a permanent occupation of mine, I think, for the rest of my life.6

But Twain’s been pretty pissed ever since her husband left her for her best friend, so there’s at least a decent chance she ditched the philosophy with the man.

Politics for the non-political

Twain says she’s not a political person, or at least she’s tolerant of other viewpoints and wants to keep hers to herself:

I’m not the politician, and I just completely remove myself from that. I don’t have anything against or for any particular person or point of view on politics. I have my own opinions, but my songs don’t share them.7

That didn’t stop both Hillary Clinton¬†and Al Gore from using her song, “Rock This Country!” during their campaigns.8 I guess they didn’t care that she’s a Canadian who lives in Switzerland.

Twain hasn’t come out for or against hot political issues like gay marriage, but she did get a shout-out from PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) for being one of their “Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrities.”9

  1. For Shania Twain who practices a religion called Sant Mat. Jerry Gaffney Ministries. []
  2. Shania’s Secret Side. Entertainment Weekly. []
  3. Contemporary Sant Mat movements. Wikipedia. []
  4. Celebrity Vegetarians and Vegans. All American Speakers. []
  5. Shania Twain’s 5 Steps Recovery After Cheating Spouse Breaks Her Heart. Babble. []
  6. CMT Insider Interview: Shania Twain. CMT. []
  7. CMT Insider Interview: Shania Twain. CMT. []
  8. Shania Twain – Rock This Country! Political Tunes. []
  9. PETA’s Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrities of 2012. PETA. []