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Angelina Jolie Does Yoga To Prep For Evil ‘Maleficent’, Reluctantly

in Celebriyogis, YD News


Yoga, good for everyone, yeah? Even classic storybook villains, you might say. But ask Angelina Jolie and she will tell you it was NOT her idea to get on the mat in preparation for her title role as the evil Maleficent in the upcoming new Disney flick. In fact, Jolie says she was made to do it in order to build up her core strength so she could fly around like the wicked witch of the sleeping beauties. An amped up workout regimen, including yoga, was so Angie could be harnessed to fly in her rightful place — high above the rest of us amongst the angels and fairies. But apparently, Mrs. Brad Pitt has “no patience for yoga” because she’s not a “still person.” So there.

Via USA Today:

Hooked up on rigs in full costume (yes, even those horns) on set at Pinewood Studios, “you’re almost like a puppet with all these people moving (beneath you),” says Jolie. “When you go to the left or the right all of you have to move together. It’s a big dance with a lot of people.”

How did she pull it off? Well, through a regimen Jolie admits she eschews. Jolie’s longtime stunt coordinator Eunice Huthart (a close friend, who is also godmother to Shiloh Jolie-Pitt) slowed down and intensified her workouts. “She made me do yoga. And I have no patience for yoga,” says Jolie. “It’s not something I do easily, because I’m not a still person. But I was forced to do yoga because (to fly) you have to have your core strength to be able to hold yourself.”

The classic “I’m not a still person” excuse, eh? We saw those insane cheekbones they plastered to your already insane cheekbones. How long did you have to sit still in that makeup chair? Mhmm. We often turn away from the yoga that could benefit us the most. Somewhere a little yoga fairy just got her wings. And somewhere else Jennifer Aniston’s eyes have rolled the rest of the way back into her head. Call it a carry on kriya.

Here’s the latest teaser about what happened to Maleficent’s wings:

And here’s the super creepy “Dream” teaser thanks to the doom-toned Lana Del Rey.


12 comments… add one
  • Barrette

    Maybe the fact that she is “not a still person,” proves that she needs yoga! One of my favorite yoga instructors started yoga because she needed to slow down.

  • Michele Mercurio

    Not everyone likes yoga. Yoga isn’t for everyone, as much as you or anyone else loves and thinks it should be. Running isn’t for everyone, either. I don’t like when devotees of different activities that contribute to health and fitness bash each other. Powerlifters dissing bodybuilders; Crossfitters dissing distance runners, etc. — it’s no good. Anyone who puts down the remote and the ice cream spoon and makes the time and effort to get/stay in good shape is to be credited. Jolie obviously keeps herself in shape by other means. Maybe she didn’t jive with her yoga instructor. Maybe it was the particular style of yoga that wasn’t to her liking. In any case, I doubt anyone is going to hear about Jolie’s dislike of yoga and decide “Ooooh, now I’m not going to do yoga, because Angeling Jolie doesn’t do it.”

  • Agreed that not everyone likes yoga. I guess we now have more insight into her personality. For whatever that is worth!

  • Despite a lot of people raving about yoga, Angelina Jolie’s not so hot on it. Fine. The Boy-scouting movement is great but not everybody wants to be a boy scout.

  • Dean

    In matters of taste there can be no dispute. Or in latin = De gustibus non est disputandum. I wonder is there is a sanskrit version since this is one of those old be good ideas to follow.

  • She says she doesn’t care for Yoga, but she does all kinds of Karma Yoga in all the charitable acts and projects that she and her husband work on together. So if she can’t get into doing down dogs, but helps refugees in Darfur…I can live with that.

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