91-year-old yogi, Bernice Bates, began practicing and teachingÂ yoga
Â in 1960. Before even getting out of bed in the morning she does a series of seven or soposes
Â to get her blood flowing — how awesome is that?
Bernice tellsÂ MSNBC
Â that she credits yoga with keeping her healthy and flexible:
“I think yoga is the best exercise there is.Â I’ve never had anything I had to go to the doctor for, except checkups. That should say something.”
“Youâ€™re not just standing on a treadmill and going, going, going and you get off and can hardly walk. Yoga itself means yoke, thatâ€™s to join. We join our mind, our body and our spirit in everything we do.Â Yoga gives you flexibility like youâ€™ve never had before, and it makes you healthy because youâ€™re working on the whole body, inside and out.”
Back to Bates’ teaching — she now leads a one-hour class in a retirement center for adults in their 60s to 80s!
“We go over our whole body and tense each part, then we relax.Â Itâ€™s for everybody. Thereâ€™s thousands ofÂ postures
. You can pick and choose. You do what you can.Â Itâ€™s non-competitive, which is the best thing about it.”
When asked when she would stop teaching, Bates replied, “Why should I quit? As long as I can do it and help someone else, I’ll just stay as long as I can. I get a joy out of seeing someone learning.”
Namaste to that!
Category : Blog Posted on December 7, 2011