Miley Cyrus, a “yoga superstar”? Sure, if the media says so! But that’s how they talk about every celebriyogi posting yoga pics on Instagram (and there are more than a few). We happen to like this photo the wild child pop star and avid yoga practitioner recently posted of herself bound up in Marichyasana D, and we’re sharing it for a couple of reasons.
One: While still an “advanced pose” it’s a breath of fresh air, pun intended, in a tornado of handstand and arm balance pics, which are fine and whatever (we know Miley has done her share of those, too), but it’s an interesting twist…er…so to speak. (Side note: Miley, for being known as somewhat of an exhibitionist, her yoga pics appear rather tame by comparison. Just an observation.)
Two: We have a problem, but it’s not with Miley. The media has a habit of getting all hyperbolic and “omg, yoga superstar!” about everything, in this case noting Miley’s arms “looking toned and muscular” which, honestly, isn’t shocking (because tabloid rags), but that just helps to perpetuate the false narrative that all yogis are clearly thin and “fit” and must be placed on a yoga prototype pedestal. This. Is incredibly frustrating. “Cyrus, 22, didn’t explain the occasion – her fit body speaks for itself” says People magazine. Blergh, oh really? What is it saying?
What we see is a gal having a peaceful moment practicing a (yes, fairly difficult) yoga pose by a teepee and some horse statues(?) with a caption full of sunflower emojis. Why can’t that just be it? She wanted to share this moment, and that’s cool, sister. We don’t care if you’re a yoga superstar, whatever that means.