Maybe it is because I am in my (EARLY) forties, maybe it is because I don't listen to the radio or watch TV, but I do not really know who Miley Cyrus is. I mean, I am pretty sure she is a singer, but you can easily promise me a million dollar if I can name one of her songs, because I simply can not.
I know I've seen her in a lot of pictures. I used to visit gossip websites all the time, and for some period, Miley Cyrus played a mayor role in them. I saw pictures of her with very few clothes on (I don't judge), or of her smoking pot (I don't judge and besides that, I live in the Netherlands) and I mostly remember seeing pictures of her sticking out her tongue (I don't judge but maybe I am a little curious why she did this constantly). Based on these pictures, I don't think she was feeling very great at that time.
But things are looking up. YouTube recommended me this video, where you can see Miley in the Jimmy Fallon Show (sorry, I don't know who Jimmy Fallon is either. But I think he must be funny), talking about her practice and showing him yoga.
I watched this clip and immediately loved Miley Cyrus. She is funny, chatty, has a very cool voice, and she is an Ashtangi! Hurray! The following hour I spent going through her pictures on Instagram. Oh, how I felt jealous. Because she is young, because she has an advanced practice, because she is young and because she is young. I wished I had discovered Ashtanga in my twenties.
I once heard myself say: 'My life would have been different if Madonna hadn't been in it.'
I grew up with her. Not literally of course. I grew up with her music, her videos, her clothes, her style. I am from 1975, she was born in 1958, so the age difference is 17 years. In 1984, I was aged 9, I watched with my mouth open to the tv where I saw her sing and dance in Material Girl.
She's always been a feminist pur sang. And of course there a many more feminists who you can look up to, but she entered my world at a young age, where at that point the women around me like my mother, neighbors and aunts, who were married with children, who didn't work as much as their husbands, who took care of the children and did the housework, who didn't look free and independent to me, Madonna opened my eyes, she showed me what a woman can be capable of, how to be free, how to express yourself, and she has never left my life.
In these days, I consider myself no longer as a huge fan. I don't listen to her new music and I never go see her show when she is on tour, but she is in my heart. I am thankful for what she's done for women like me.
She's always been a pioneer in many ways. Of course she already practiced yoga, when yoga was not as popular in my country as it is now. In fact, her song Shanti-Ashtangi of 1998, I didn't like nor understand it. Now I do.
I searched on the web if I could find something about her current yoga practice. I discovered a picture of her and Sharath. I am not sure of which year it is, but Sharath looks very young in the picture. And Madonna does too. Then I saw a piece of an interview Oprah took. She talked about Ashtanga. It gave me goosebumps. I googled some more and read that she no longer practices Ashtanga. It got me a bit sad, but now I know for sure she once was a dedicated Ashtangi, and this makes me think of the practice even better. I am doing the practice she used to do, six days a week.