Happy 100th Birthday To Jean Dawson, Who Took Her First Yoga Class At 67, And Is Still Going Strong

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By YogaDork – She’s been practicing yoga for over 30 years… and she just turned 100! And we heart her. Jean Dawson just celebrated her 100th birthday on February 20th and if you’ve done the math that means she didn’t even start her yoga practice until she was in her late 60s, which means you need to share this with your silver senior family and friends right now!

Jean took her first yoga class at the young age of 67 after seeing an ad about it in her neighborhood, where she still attends weekly classes to this day. The UK-native practices the prop-intensive, static-pose-holding Iyengar Yoga and credits it for her health and longevity.

“I don’t know how I would be today if I hadn’t taken up Iyengar Yoga. It has given me good posture, balance, concentration, flexibility and stamina,” Dawson told Metro UK. “It has really changed my life and has helped cure aches and pains. I used to have trouble from a slipped disc in my back, but doing yoga really helped me cope with it.”

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She may not be doing wild things and eka pada whosiwhatsits, but that’s not what it’s about, anyway.

“You can only do what you can do,” says Jean. ”A few years ago, I could do all the handstands and everything, but I have to stop doing those now due to my blood pressure.”

Jean says she’s met kind people and made good friends through yoga, one of which is her teacher Christine Tyson, whom she’s been practicing with for decades and who’s now 66, which we think is pretty darn neato.

“Doing Iyengar Yoga has helped me more than anything and I really enjoy the company every single week, so I think I can continue for a little longer,” she says.

Happy birthday, Jean! Thanks for being an inspiration. We think you’re the queen of tree pose.


This article first appeared on YogaDork, a website offering commentary on the latest yoga news and culture with wit and wisdom, and is republished here with permission. Find them on Twitter and Facebook.

Photo credit: Lorne Campbell/Guzelian

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