natasha shulman
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Natasha Lady Krishna

NATASHA SHULMAN’S WARRIOR POSE is a little different than most people’s. Sure, because of those six-inch heels, but also because she learned it in the ’80s on New York’s Lower East Side as one of the first students of Jivamukti yoga—now the practice of choice for celeb yogis like Madonna, Sting, and Betsey Johnson. Natasha Lady Krishna, as she is much more commonly known, doesn’t always wear vinyl bondage boots when leading free Thursday-night meditations at 8 Limbs on Capitol Hill, but if the native-born portraitist and singer is off for, say, a gig with her band the Peppermint Lounge after class, well, those on the spiritual path often prefer to travel light.


What are you wearing I’ve had this leather jacket since 1985. Well, not really. I had one just like it but I gave it away, and then this one came back to me. I like tight clothes. Tight, tight, tight. I feel vulnerable in loose clothes. And yes, this is all my hair. When I hang out with the burlesque girls, they always want to know. 

Your look I used to perform with Steve Buscemi in New York, and he described me as Marlene Dietrich on acid, but I’ve been wearing a variation of this outfit for as long as I can remember. I probably would have just been a cheerleader, but my family was too left wing. 

Your name My roommates in New York gave it to me ages ago. I was always coming in from the clubs when they were getting up to do yoga. It was a joke about noble devotees—a joke that I didn’t really need to get up to meditate. But of course I did. I just kept different hours.

Style as loving kindness I came back to the Northwest to love people in down jackets. I mean, the Dalai Lama wears some pretty square-looking shoes, right? The real gurus, they see through all that. I hope we all can.

Age-appropriate attire In India your age is related to how flexible your spine is, and I’ve been doing yoga since 1986. I’m older than all of you, but I’m younger too.

In living color My band and I are performing at Everyday Music on 10th Avenue on Valentine’s Day. It’s like a holy day.