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86-Year-Old Makes Amazing Transformation With Yoga

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anna-pesce-86yearoldyogi-awesomeThis kind of news never gets old. (Pun intended.) At almost 87-years-young Anna Pesce is inspiring people of all ages with her incredible transformation thanks to her new dedication to yoga practice. For decades, Pesce suffered from severe kyphosis — a hunchback-like posture that left her in a lot of pain. The condition was a result of a herniated disc, scoliosis and osteoporosis.

She tried lots of different things to help.  “I tried everything: acupuncture, a physical therapist and seeing a chiropractor,” Pesce told the NY Post. “You feel good temporarily, but [I’d be] in pain again soon after.”

It wasn’t until she started a regular yoga practice that her condition dramatically improved. Her entire story is inspiring but perhaps the most inspiring of all is that she pretty much just started practicing yoga at 86. Never too late, friends.


Pesce started working with yoga teacher Rachel Jesien who is trained specifically in spinal issues and has scoliosis herself. The two began meeting once a week to practice restorative yoga and stretches to alleviate pain and build strength. After one month, Pesce could walk again. After two months, she was already doing poses on her own whenever pain flared up.


Now, she practices yoga every day with the help of props — like a supported down dog with a sling— and incorporates pranayama exercises.

The difference is phenomenal, not just physically but in her overall daily life.


“She’s a tough cookie,” Jesien told the Post. “Before we were working together, [Pesce] was so down about her condition, but now she has such a different outlook and feels so much better about her life.”

“My mom is a lot more independent, and even how she carries herself — she just seems a lot happier and brighter now,” said Pesce’s daughter Rosemary Pitruzzella.

Yoga has been shown to help treat, prevent, and even in some cases reverse orthopedic problems. It’s become increasingly popular with physical therapists and other healthcare professionals as more and more people experience positive results.

photo credit: Stephen Yang




18 comments… add one
  • Very inspiring. hats off 🙂

    I am sharing my recovery journey here to help others. Hope u like it 🙂


  • Amazing! What a wonderful testament to the human spirit(the student), lovingkindness ( from the teacher) and yoga. Stories like this inspire my teaching! Thank you!

  • Your article reminds me of why I became a yoga teacher. I come from a long line of crafty ladies and one of my grandmothers had severe kyphosis due to her passion of hand crafting. One day a few years ago I was walking my dog and a neighbor wondered if I had hurt my back due to being “hunched” over (likely due to my daily knitting passion). I knew I was walking toward that painful road of back pain. I luckily took a yoga class and then began my journey toward becoming a teacher. Sharing and helping others live their fullest in a healthy body while enjoying their passions is my mission.

  • What a beautiful story. Look how happy she looks! I’m all teary eyed now. Kudos to both the student and the teacher!! Yay!!! 🙂

  • john silvester

    What an inspiration the 86 year old “former back pain”sufferer is.Severe back pain really is something millions of us suffer from.Normal treatments only give temporary relief.I hope the 96 year old really enjoys the rest of her life.

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  • As a yoga business owner who works with those living with chronic health conditions like hers, I am thankful you posted this information. I provide safe modifications for people on my website: healthconsciousyoga.com. It’s important to inform the community about how beneficial yoga can be!

  • Hi, Really nice article. Everyone must read this article. Thanks for sharing.

  • My grandma is 78 and also does yoga on a regular basis. She is the person who introduced me to it when I was little. She’s still quite fit for her age! 🙂

  • Chinaza

    Nice article. This illustrates the wonders of yoga. I am a student of the University of Nigeria Nsukka. Here is our link: http://www.unn.edu.ng

  • Very inspiring and amazing to see old lady doing Yoga. She looks very happy. Good health wishes. Do Yoga…:)

  • Zoe

    Great article and really nice story, thanks.

  • I knew Yoga had many health benefits for younger people but did not realise it could create such a transformation for older people too. Thanks for the story.

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  • So inspiring

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