Anyone who has ever practiced yoga knows that it's not particularly easy. No matter your age, getting into the perfect downward-facing dog or balancing on one leg for tree pose takes a lot of practice and concentration, not to mention strength and agility. Just the sound of those poses might be enough to scare someÂ off from trying.
However, if you feel like you're too old for yoga, you might want to think again. There's a women who is 105 years oldÂ who is not only still practicing yoga, but is teaching it too.
Lil Hansen of Ludington, Michigan, is an inspiration: Despite her triple-digit age, Hansen teaches a yoga class once a week at the Ludington Senior Citizen Center. Her class is comprised of students in their 70s and 80s, which is equally impressive.
Even though she just turned 105, Hansen says she doesn't feel any different than when she was youngerâshe's just a little bit more careful, she told WZZM. She says she doesn't think much of her age, and she just keeps going. That's some advice we can all benefit from!
You can see a video of Hansen in action here:
Hansen proves that even if you can't touch your toes or do some crazy backbends, yoga could still be a good choice for you. In addition to toning your muscles and improving your flexibility, yoga can help manage stress levelsÂ and help you relax. And even though it seems like all the young kids are doing it, yoga is great at any age. In fact, it has major benefits for people in their 50s, 60s, 70s and beyond, including minimizing hypertension, strengthening bones and keeping weight under control.
And hey, if a woman into her 100s can do it, so can you.