This 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
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