On the occasion of third international yoga day, Bengaluru was lucky to have the oldest Yoga teacher in the world, Tao Porchon and India’s oldest yoga teacher Amma Nannmal demonstrating various asanas in front of about 500 yoga enthusiast at the city’s Kanteerava Outdoor stadium.
Tao Porchon who will turn 99 this coming August was born to an Indian mother and French father, she was also part of India’s freedom struggle. Before becoming a Yoga teacher she was a model. On the other hand, another nonagenarian Amma Nanammal (98 years old) is a resident of Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu.
Social activist Anna Hazare and Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilisers Ananth Kumar also shared the stage with the two oldest yoga teachers.
Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi dressed in white T-shirt and white trousers performed Yoga in light rain at Lucknow’s Ambedkar Sabha Sthal. He was accompanied by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath who also did asanas in the drizzle.
“I welcome all yoga lovers present here and those performing yoga in various corners of the world. Today, yoga has become a part of so many lives. Yoga’s popularity out of India is high and it has connected the world with India. I am happy to see so many Yoga institutes being opened over the last three years. Demand for Yoga teachers is increasing. Apart from fitness, wellness is important. Yoga is a medium to achieve wellness,” said PM Narendra Modi.
PM has appealed three generations of the family to perform yoga and upload the photo of them doing asanas together. In the year 2015, PM has urged United Nations to declare June 21 as the International Yoga day.