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.
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.