Gene Dawson owes yoga her health and longevity.
She has been practicing yoga for over 30 years ... and she has just turned 100! Gene Dawson came to her first yoga class at the age of 67 - saw an advertisement for classes in her area - and still goes to classes every week. An English lady (whom the language does not turn to call old) practices Iyengar yoga - known for long holding static poses and using props - and Jin believes that she owes her her health and longevity.
“I don’t know how I would feel today if not for Iyengar yoga. She gave me good posture, balance, concentration, flexibility and endurance,” she says. "She made a big difference in my life and helped me recover from many pains. I used to be worried about the pain due to a dislocated vertebra, but yoga helped me better deal with it." She does not make any difficult and spectacular poses, but this is not the point. “You can only do what you can do,” she says. "A few years ago, I could do a Headstand and all that, but now I had to stop doing it - because of my blood pressure."
Gene says that thanks to yoga she met good people and she made good friends - for example, she has been engaged in yoga yoga teacher Kristin Tyson for more than a dozen years. “Iyengar’s yoga has helped me more than anything, and I really like to go to classes every week and be in such a nice company, so I think I can still continue,” she says.