The first Yogini I want to mention here is my own Yoga Teacher. She is seventy three years old and has been teaching Yoga for the past thirty years.
She is my main inspiration as she started yoga at around the same age as me. When I look at her and compare her to some other women I know of her age, I know which I aspire to be like. I am aware that I should not compare people and it's something that I don't like to do as we all have things to offer. I don't even compare myself to anyone else in the way that I used to, which is a huge achievement for me.
However, if it's a choice between having an inflexible, sickly mind and body, or be in the mental and physical condition that she is in, my choice is already made!
While researching older Yogis and Yoginis, I came across quite a few inspirational people. Most are still practicing and even teaching right up into their nineties. Imagine not having to depend on others or be considered useless and practically dead. To have few health problems, all our faculties and be flexible in our later years should be something we all aspire to.
On that note, the first Yogini that I came across is Bette Calman who was 83 in this video made around 2009. As far as I am aware, she is still practicing. Watch this video and be inspired!
The next Yogini is Tao Porchon Lynch who was 87 when this interview was conducted in 2006. She not only teaches yoga but is a dancer too. Fantastic.
This latest video shows her at 92 in 2011, still doing yoga and dancing! There are no words to describe my admiration for this lady!
Now we have Barbara Lyon who was 89 when this film was uploaded in 2009
And here is an article about Bernice Bates who is 91! There are no excuses when you look at this phenomenal woman