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Woman, 78, claims that thanks to yoga she is in the same shape and as flexible as she was in her twenties

Woman, 78, claims to be in the same shape and as flexible as she was in her twenties thanks to yoga – and insists that just 20 minutes of stretching a day is enough to keep you healthy

  • The mother of two Barbara Currie says that she is in the same shape as in her twenties
  • Discover the practice while looking for renewal of her body after two children
  • Former stewardess and nurse Barbara from Surrey became a yoga instructor
  • Has appeared on morning TV and her YouTube videos have more than 20,000 views

A 78-year-old yoga enthusiast claims that practice has ensured that she is still in the same shape as her twenties – and just as flexible.

Barbara Currie, from Surrey, first discovered yoga in the 1960s while she wanted to renew her body after having had two children, who are now fifty.

The former nurse and stewardess later trained as an instructor and subsequently appeared in TV programs such as GMTV and has produced a number of yoga DVDs and books.

She also has a YouTube channel where some of her videos have been viewed more than 20,000 times.

Barbara Currie, 78, claims that yoga has ensured that she is still in the same shape as her twenties - and just as flexible

Barbara Currie, 78, claims that yoga has ensured that she is still in the same shape as her twenties – and just as flexible

Barbara, portrayed in her twenties, lays down her age-defying appearance on regular yoga over the years

Barbara, portrayed in her twenties, lays down her age-defying appearance on regular yoga over the years

Barbara, portrayed in her twenties, lays down her age-defying appearance on regular yoga over the years

In an interview with Platinum magazine, Barbara explained that she has never had physical ailments – something that she adds to her regular practice.

“Yoga is the realization of the whole body and doing the right exercises has kept me very well,” she said.

“It is essential to make a clear effort, you must keep your body healthy and your mind stimulated, because if your body goes, you cannot do anything.”

Barbara added that stretching for 20 minutes every day is enough to keep you tight.

Former nurse and stewardess Barbara trained as an instructor and subsequently appeared in TV programs such as GMTV and produced a number of yoga DVDs and books

Former nurse and stewardess Barbara trained as an instructor and subsequently appeared on TV shows such as GMTV and produced a number of yoga DVDs and books

Former nurse and stewardess Barbara trained as an instructor and subsequently appeared on TV shows such as GMTV and produced a number of yoga DVDs and books

Barbara gives daily classes in Surrey at her yoga school, which range from beginners to very advanced. Shown with a side rack

Barbara gives daily classes in Surrey at her yoga school, which range from beginners to very advanced. Shown with a side rack

Barbara gives daily classes in Surrey at her yoga school, which range from beginners to very advanced. Shown with a side rack

“I have the same shape as when I was 20 and I am now 78,” she said. ‘Even stretching for 20 minutes will keep your joints flexible and your bones nice and strong.

“It certainly weakened me.”

Barbara's interview appears today in the latest edition of the magazine Platinum

Barbara's interview appears today in the latest edition of the magazine Platinum

Barbara’s interview appears today in the latest edition of the magazine Platinum

Barbara remembered the very first yoga class she attended and said it made her feel like she was walking in the air.

Her first teacher was almost 60 and in excellent condition, and Barbara admitted that the “perfection” of her body made her eager to follow the craft.

Now she gives daily classes in Surrey at her yoga school, which range from beginners to very advanced.

For Barbara, it’s all about helping people of all backgrounds and influencing their lives for the better – even if it’s only through her online videos.

“We can’t all afford to go to a gym or spa, so I love the way online can make [yoga] very DIY, “she explained.

‘Once you have learned basic salutation, you can use it to help yourself without any money.

‘My two children are now both in their fifties and a handful of my customers have been working with them for decades.

‘Yoga still makes me feel connected to my body. It teaches us self-realization, which helps us get the most out of our time. “

Read the full interview with Barbara Currie in the April issue of Platinum magazine, available for sale today (26 February). Barbara celebrates 50 years of teaching yoga – for more information, visit www.barbaracurrieyoga.com

Barbara’s ’10-minute miracle ‘yoga training

Barbara claims that these three poses will change the way you look and feel:

RISHIS ATTITUDE

The attitude of Rishis is great to rebalance the lower back and increase flexibility

The attitude of Rishis is great to rebalance the lower back and increase flexibility

The attitude of Rishis is great to rebalance the lower back and increase flexibility

1. Stand up straight with your feet three feet apart.

2. Breathe in and raise your arms in the air. Stay tense.

3. Slowly bring your left foot forward.

4. Exhale and bend over to grasp the left calf with the right hand.

5. Slowly raise your left arm in the air and gently rotate your body with it. You should look directly to the left, with your torso parallel to the wall.

6. Now breathe in deeply and exhale, slowly lower your left arm back to the floor and bring your head to your knee.

7. Try to relax and get used to being in this bent position. Take a deep breath – you should look like me in the picture above.

9. To finish, activate the trunk muscles, lift your head and slowly return to an upright position.

10. Place your hands on your waist and breathe in and out twice more.

SIDE ROAD RACK

This is great for slimming and strengthening the diaphragm.

1. Stand up straight with your hands around your waist.

2. Take a deep breath, lift your right hand in the air. Slide your left hand along the side of your left thigh.

3. Follow the movement with your torso, so that you are bent to the side like me in the photo (above).

4. Now secure the right side of your body and lift it back to the standing position.

BACKWARDS TOP

This posture strengthens the waist and increases blood circulation

This posture strengthens the waist and increases blood circulation

This posture strengthens the waist and increases blood circulation

1. Stand up straight, raise your arms and slowly bend back as far as possible.

2. Hold the position for a count of three and secure your abdomen to raise your back.

3. In a continuous movement – with your back straight – you reach for your toes.

4. Count for five and lift it back to the standing position.

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