Story Of V Nanammal, A 98-Year-Old Flexible Yoga Instructor From Tamil Nadu.

18 May 2017

V Nannamal

Derived from the Sanskrit word Yuj, Yoga means a union of the individual consciousness or soul with the Universal Consciousness or Spirit. Yoga is a 5000-year-old Indian body of knowledge. The science of Yoga imbibes the complete essence of the Way of Life.

People who teach yoga are quite young or usually not older than 50 years. V Nanammal of Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu is a contradiction to the fact as she is a 98-year-old. She is a great Yoga teacher with a very flexible body and can perform and do some of the toughest poses in Yoga.

It is unimaginable and unbelievable but it’s the truth. She is probably world’s oldest yoga instructor. She teaches about a hundred students in and around her area every day. Soon she will be receiving the title of India’s Oldest Yoga Instructor.

V Nanammal took birth into an agricultural family. She started practising yoga at an age of 8 under her father’s guidance who was a martial artist. She later got married to a Siddha practitioner in the village who was also into agriculture. After their marriage, Nanammal cultivated a liking towards naturopathy.

She never stopped practising yoga at any point in her life and that’s the hidden secret of her fitness and health. She follows a strict diet and she is completely against white sugar. Even her children and grandkids use jaggery instead of white sugar. The food she consumes every day is highly rich in fibre and calcium.

She wakes up early in the morning and drinks 500ml of water as soon as she wakes up, and uses neem sticks to brush her teeth, and even carries a few when she goes out of town. She eats healthy food at all times of the day, like fruits, milk with honey, and turmeric powder.

600 students of Nanammal are teaching yoga across the world. Many yoga federations approached her but she strongly rejected the offers as she does not know English. Presently, 36 members from her family are serious practitioners.

Nanammal won a contest for Silambattam which is a weapon-based Indian martial art from Tamil Nadu at district level when she was 14 years of age. She attempted to get on to the Guinness Book of World Records by teaching yoga to over 20,000 students and enthusiasts in Coimbatore.

Her current objective is to create awareness among women, mainly girl students, about yoga techniques by going to various educational institutions to solve several health related problems, especially after marriage.

V Nanammal is Woman Of Courage because she is strong and a lady who sets an ideal example for all people out there, especially women.


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