Oldest Yoga Instructor – The World’s Oldest Yoga Instructor is 91-year-old.
Bernice Bates holds the Official Guinness World Record for this occupation.
She has been teaching yoga since 1960. Prior to getting out of bed in the morning she does a series of seven or eight postures that gets her blood flowing.
Apparently, She puts her arms above her head for a stretch and a yawn, pulls her knees to her chest, “walks” the ceiling with her feet and stretches her shoulders and hands.
“By the time you’re through — it takes about eight minutes — you’re ready to walk, instead of slopping around,” Bates said. “You can walk to the kitchen, to the bathroom, whatever your procedure is and not sort of drag yourself and say, ‘I don’t want to do this. I don’t want to do that.’ You’re ready to go.”
According to Guinness she is the oldest instructor to complete the complex verification process.
“I don’t have this reward by myself,” she said. “I share it with all the students I’ve taught through the years.”
“I think yoga is the best exercise there is,” says Bates, who has always been active and still swims laps.
“I’ve never had anything I had to go to the doctor for, except checkups,” says Bates, who tips the scale at 105 pounds and is about 5 foot, 2 inches tall. “That should say something.”
Bates, who is an instructor of children and adults, now leads a weekly one-hour class nine months a year at the Mainlands Retirement Community Center in Pinellas Park, Fla., where she lives. Most of her students are in their 60s and 70s, though she has two fellow nonagenarians and several students in their 80s.
Surely, Bates is the oldest of them all. She leads her students through 10 to 12 poses and ends with relaxation.
“We go over our whole body and tense each part, then we relax,” she said.
The yoga instructor still manages to live alone.