Historical Rare Vintage Photographs of Marilyn Monroe doing Yoga

By catherine on December 18, 2014

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Marilyn Monroe, best known for being a mid-century sex symbol, is rarely thought of as a fitness icon, but during a 1952 interview with LIFE magazine, she revealed that she exercised regularly.

Monroe was a devotee of yoga and enjoyed practicing.  It was a fact she didn’t publicise much and there are few photographic records of her doing yoga.  However, in 1948 there were are handful of black and white photos taken, and a couple there after.  Marilyn learned yoga from Indra Devi, who many consider to be the “The First Lady of Yoga”?

The following images are an almost complete record which show Monroe doing yoga. We hope you enjoy them.

Vintage, Yoga, Photo, Marilyn Monroe, historical, rare, black & white, photography, history, 1948

Vintage, Yoga, Photo, Marilyn Monroe, historical, rare, black & white, photography, history, 1948Vintage, Yoga, Photo, Marilyn Monroe, historical, rare, black & white, photography, history, 1950s

Vintage, Yoga, Photo, Marilyn Monroe, historical, rare, black & white, photography, history, 1948

Vintage, Yoga, Photo, Marilyn Monroe, historical, rare, black & white, photography, history, 1948

Vintage, Yoga, Photo, Marilyn Monroe, historical, rare, black & white, photography, history, 1948

Vintage, Yoga, Photo, Marilyn Monroe, historical, rare, black & white, photography, history, 1948

Vintage, Yoga, Photo, Marilyn Monroe, historical, rare, black & white, photography, history, 1948

Vintage, Yoga, Photo, Marilyn Monroe, historical, rare, color, photography, history, 1948

Vintage, Yoga, Photo, Marilyn Monroe, historical, rare, black & white, photography, history, 1948

Vintage, Yoga, Photo, Marilyn Monroe, historical, rare, black & white, photography, history, 1948

Vintage, Yoga, Photo, Marilyn Monroe, historical, rare, black & white, photography, history, 1948

Vintage, Yoga, Photo, Marilyn Monroe, historical, rare, black & white, photography, history, 1948

Vintage, Yoga, Photo, Marilyn Monroe, historical, rare, black & white, photography, history, 1948Vintage, Yoga, Photo, Marilyn Monroe, historical, rare, black & white, photography, history, 1948

Vintage, Yoga, Photo, Marilyn Monroe, historical, rare, black & white, photography, history, 1948

Vintage, Yoga, Photo, Marilyn Monroe, historical, rare, black & white, photography, history, 1948

Vintage, Yoga, Photo, Marilyn Monroe, Indra Devi, historical, rare, color, photography, history, 1960

Vintage, Yoga, Photo, Marilyn Monroe, historical, rare, black & white, photography, history, 1948

1948, Vintage, Yoga, Photo, Marilyn Monroe, Swimsuit, Beach

{ 2 comments... read them below, or add one }

  1. Graham Matthews says:

    Such a beautiful mind.
    Breath, prana and body.

  2. Sydney Lawrence says:

    Thank you for these photo’s of Marilyn.

    Every one perfectly posed and beautiful.

    What a Gal Marilyn is.

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