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These Inspirational People Prove That Yoga Is For Everyone

Regardless of shape, gender or age...

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For many people, yoga is something athletic, flexible young women do in a gym on a Tuesday evening. This just isn’t true, however much it might seem that way.

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The physical side of yoga is just a very small part of what yoga is actually about. People of all ages, sizes and shapes have been practicing yoga for decades – and reaping the physical and mental benefits.

Here are three people that are breaking the mould and proving that everyone can do yoga, regardless of size, age or gender.

Jessamyn Stanley

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Jessamyn Stanley (@mynameisjessamyn) came across Bikram yoga in 2011 and totally fell in love with the practice. She’s now a yoga teacher and has over 168,000 followers on Instagram

“I think it’s intimidating [to see the ‘typical yoga body’ at the front of the class],” she told nymag. “It creates more of an aspirational experience as opposed to an inspirational one. It doesn’t actually elicit what yoga should give people.”

Jessamyn promotes positive attitudes towards your own body – and ridding negative thoughts.

Tao Porchon-Lynch

Tao Porchon-Lynch is 97 years-old and is the world’s oldest yoga instructor. Born in India, she travelled the world in her youth before becoming a model and actress, starring in films alongside Elizabeth Taylor.

She took up yoga teaching in the 1960s and has been teaching ever since in the USA. She’s a competitive ballroom tango dancer and used to edit a wine appreciation magazine.

She once famously said, “I’m going to teach yoga until I can’t breathe anymore.” Just goes to show, age is just a number.

Joshua Altman

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Thought yoga was just for women? Think again. Joshua Altman is one such dude who has taken up yoga and never looked back.

He discovered yoga while living in Hawaii and now teaches classes in Seattle, USA.

The PADI divemaster, snowboarder and general adventure man combines his yoga practice with his outdoor adventures – and proves yoga isn’t just for women in tight yoga pants.

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