I wanted to share with you the stories of two yoga women, both in their 90’s, whose experience I am very grateful to learn from and hopefully emanate.
I had the pleasure of meeting Tao when she came to teach in St. Petersburg last December. This 97 year old yogini has been practicing yoga throughout her life, and her energy is amazing. She spent most of her talk sitting in full lotus position, and then demonstrated poses that would be difficult for those a third of her age!
Tao grew up in Pondicherry, India and was raised by her uncle, who was a follower of Swami Vivekananda, a pioneer in bringing yoga to the west. In 1926, when Tao was eight years old, she saw boys doing yoga on the beach and wanted to join them. When her aunt told her that this was unladylike, the defiant Tao joined them anyway! She marched with Gandhi twice, including the 1930 Salt March to the sea. She is one of the first women who studied with acclaimed yoga masters B.K.S. Iyengar and Pattabhi Jois. … » Learn More about Two Ageless Yoginis by Susan Wasserman