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Yoga Teacher Fran Miller Inspires Us All at 91

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These kinds of stories make our little hearts do a hop, skip and a beat. And they say yoga isn’t cardio. Fran Miller is about to turn 91 years old and she will likely celebrate it with her regular routine of teaching three yoga classes a week in the San Fernando Valley, because she’s an awesome lady and that’s what awesome ladies do.

What started as a curiosity almost 40 years ago after seeing an ad in the newspaper for a yoga class taught by a rabbi at the local YMCA (seriously, who wouldn’t be curious?) Miller took to yoga “like a duck to water.” Soon she filled in when the rabbi was away and then eventually took over the classes. She’s been teaching ever since.

Let’s take a moment to reflect. Fran was in her 50s when she started teaching yoga. She’s 91 now. Beautiful. Never too late, people.

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She’s so spry, unwitting students think she’s in her 70s. But to Fran, age is “just a number” and yoga is more than stretching.

“It’s not only stretching,” Miller said. “It’s your mind, your body, your breathing. It gives you more awareness.”

We can’t embed it here, but you kinda really must watch this video from the LA Times article. Fran is a delight.

“My mother was a doctor in Russia so when I think about it, maybe that’s why yoga comes sort of naturally. Because she always helped people. Maybe I’m not a doctor, but I love helping people.”

We would like to send the biggest and happiest birthday wishes to Fran. May your years that are just numbers continue infinitely. Shanti. Shalom. Peace. Namaste.

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12 comments… add one

  • Amy

    You go, Fran! :)

  • therese

    I started taking yoga at the local park with Fran. She is a delight and has inspired me to continue my yoga practice. Happy Birthday Fran you are a beautiful woman. What a pleasure to see this article.

  • Thank you for posting — very inspiring! Happy birthday to Fran! : )

  • Wow this woman Fran Miller is a real inspiration to all. Fantastic person that sets a good example . Thank You and keep moving that body. Barry Anderson aka Chef Barry Gourmet & Raw

  • ginahead

    Thank you for you inspiration Fran! I just got my yoga certification…I am 55 yrs old! Life has just began…

  • That’s a real inspiration for all of us who are in the second half of your lives. It just shows that so often our limitations are just obstacles in our own minds.

  • Elizabeth

    Happy Birthday Fran! You are an inspiration.
    namaste and hugs

  • I began my yoga journey at age 66, graduated from Kripalu in 2006, and now at age 74 I teach 6 – 10 classes a week and take 2 classes a week, in addition to giving and attending workshops. Fran, Ida, and Tao inspire me to look forward to many more years of doing what I love to do.

  • Such an inspiration. Hopefully I can be doing the same when I’m 91. :-)

  • Ellen Engel

    Fran has added so much joy to my life. She has such a peace about her. I can’t begin to perform the exercises the way she does but I have gained so much body awareness and flexibility in the few years I have been in her class.

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