Muse, movie star, model … yogi?
Indeed, Marilyn Monroe wasn’t simply an international sex symbol with perfect comedic timing, she was also an O.G. workout fanatic at a time when women were deterred from lifting a thumb, let alone a kettlebell. She was an earlier adopter of strength train( smart lady) and constructed 10 minutes of weight lifting part of her morning routine.
And apparently Monroe was also fond of yoga. She first mentioned yoga publicly in 1956, according to The Subtle Body, a history of yoga culture in America, and she was pictured doing moves like barge pose and shoulder stand in a photo shoot as early as 1948.
The art of yoga is thousands of years old. But although it came to America in the late 1800 s, it wasn’t truly embedded in U.S. counter-culture until the 1960 s, according to the American Yoga Association. One of the first studios was opened in Los Angeles( where else ?) at the conclusion of its 1940 s, and the practice grew to become popular among the persons with a growing interest in alternative and Eastern practices in the ‘6 0s. Clearly Monroe was an early adopter.
In a 1952 interview, she told Time Life she “couldn’t stand exert if I had to feel regimented about it.” We’re taking the liberty of construing this as an acknowledgement that it’s important for everyone to mixture things up and find a combination that’s right for them. Workout is not a one-activity-fits-all prescription: If you don’t like going to spin class, try pilates.
Or let Monroe be your guidebook through a series of poses, thanks to these studio portraits from Columbia and Fox. They were taken to build her starring profile at the time, but still serve as yoga inspiration today.