In this world where we find excuses to push away our responsibilities and dreams, Amma Nanammal stands out as a true inspiration. She is 97 and still pursues her yoga practices without fail. She was born in a middle-class family in Coimbatore, Tamilnadu and learned yoga from her grandfather when she was ten years old. Since then she has never skipped the practice and is making a statement that age is just a number.
Being a regular practitioner and a firm believer of yoga and its potential, she never had to consult a doctor for any sort of physical or mental illnesses. Today she is a renowned teacher who teaches nearly 100 students daily. Her disciples include people from various parts of the world and age groups ranging from 6 – 70. All of them testify unanimously that she is an amazing teacher and all they want is to achieve her fitness level.
All of her family have accepted the yoga way of life and strictly follows it. Wearing a sari, the traditional Indian costume, she performs the astounding asanas with much ease. She is an expert in Silambattam, an Indian martial art using sticks as a weapon and has won several awards for the same. People like her who are true symbols of dedication and passion are the true assets of the yogic heritage. Her presence will raise the spirit of the International Festival of Yogic Heritage and will motivate its participants to hold on to the yoga way of life.