April 24, 2009, Posted by adreeza at 8:00 am under Today's Tip
I don’t know many people that can do these poses in their 20′s, 30′s and 40′s; let alone their 80′s! These pictures will shock and amaze you! This just goes to show you that physical fitness has no age limit!
The nimble grandmother can really pull some shapes and with her set hair and pearl earrings she looks as glamorous as Greta Garbo in a pink jumpsuit.
With 40 years of teaching under her belt, the Australian wonder is living proof that a lifetime’s dedication to yoga will keep you flexible as a rubber band.
Mrs Calman from Williamstown, southeast Australia, can do all the difficult moves including the agonising ‘peacock’ where the body is held in a horizontal position by the strength of the arms alone.
The bendy granny can also pull off a tricky raised ‘lotus’, ‘bridge’ and a headstand with ease.
She can also put her head between her knees and hold her ankles putting her inflexible grandchildren to shame.
‘I’m proof that if you keep at it, you’ll get there. I can do more now than I could 50 years ago,’ Mrs Calman said.
So when will she give it up?
‘You’re never too old. The body is a remarkable instrument.
‘It can stretch and stretch, and get better all the time. Forget age,’ said Mrs Calman, the author of three yoga books including one called Yoga for Arthritis.
‘Even a basic posture, or just going to a window and breathing deeply, can have big benefits.’
It’s that spirit that has made Mrs Calman a legend.
She was a pioneer of the regime in Australia in the 1950s, ran yoga centres for 33 years and made regular TV appearances in the 70s (source).
Whether you think that you can, or that you can’t, you are usually right.