Inspiration is everywhere, if you just look for it. We’re inspired today by 94-year-old Esther who discovered yoga in the 1950s in Mexico City and began teaching it to San Antonians in the 1960s.
She still teaches several yoga classes a week, including one for kids, and imparts to her students not only her yoga knowledge, but priceless life lessons.
Says student Mary Thompson, 48,
“She makes 94 look good. In your 40s you feel limited, like you can’t keep up. But you see a 94-year-old do yoga, and you realize the limits are all in your head.”
“I think of yoga as self-discovery,” she says. “Part of it is the self-discovery involved in getting acquainted with your body, mind and spirit. You discover your weaknesses as well as your strengths. I’m learning to do what I’m able to do. You have to face the facts. Certain things you won’t be able to do. I have to keep reminding myself that I am almost 95.”
“If you treat your body with a lot of TLC, what you put into it, how you use it, you’ll notice it works better for you.”
Next time you’re in town stop by the Esther Vexler Yoga School, a nonprofit hatha yoga school founded in 2007 to train yoga teachers, honoring San Antonio’s yoga pioneer.
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