Before Britney, before Gaga, there is Madonna, THE diva of YogaPop. Love her or not, her Madgesty has been an avid practitioner of Ashtanga for decades and she’s not too shy to show it, whether it’s in a studio, on airplanes or on the stage at her shows. Come to think of it, she’s not too shy for much of anything, who are we kidding?
On her birthday, we thought we’d celebrate the original queen of YogaPop by sharing some photographic and video evidence of Madonna’s love for the practice.
Happy Birthday, Madge!
Pop a peacock pose on stage in front of thousands? Don’t mind if I do!
Yoga in fishnets and heels. Yep, total YogaPop Diva move.
And still, there are quiet, stripped down, pensive, meditative moments.
It’s back to glittery backbends in boots!
Look Ma, upavistha konasana b with no hands!
Here’s Madonna singing the closing prayer at her Nov. 12, 2012 Madison Square Garden show. Renowned Ashtanga teacher Eddie Stern captured the video and said, “to hear thousands of people singing ‘lokah samasthah sukinoh bhanvantu’ – especially just days into the tragedy of Hurricane Sandy – was somehow immensely moving.”
Vintage 1998 Madonna showing Rosie O’Donnell how to do ujjayi breathing and Sun Salutations on The Rosie Show. “That sounds like Satan making cappuccino!” Starts around 4:27 mark.
And on Oprah also in 1998 on facing her demons and why she stopped working out and started yoga. Surprise, she was introduced to yoga when she was pregnant with her daughter Lourdes. (yoga part starts around 3 min mark)