Madonna Sings Closing Prayer

This is a video I shot of Madonna singing the closing prayer at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 12, 2012. Hearing the people in the crowd all around me singing along to those verses that Guruji had taught us was utterly astounding. Even they did not know the meanings of the words they were singing, I still could not help but feel how amazing it was that Guruji affected so many people, directly and indirectly, through his teachings and travels – & to hear thousands of people singing ‘lokah samasthah sukinoh bhanvantu’ – especially just days into the tragedy of Hurricane Sandy – was somehow immensely moving.

I had helped Madonna with the pronunciation of the prayer years ago for a recording that was never released, and then again this spring when she was preparing for her tour. I also helped her dancers, the Bone Breakers, with the yoga poses that they do at the end of the piece. It was a lot of fun. Check out the amazing Basque singers at the end of the video!


Madonna Sings Ashtanga Yoga Closing Prayer from Eddie Stern on Vimeo.