100-year-old credits yoga for helping him keep his independence

Don Burns just celebrated his 100th birthday. While that is amazing in its own right, he’s actually in better health now than 15 years ago.Burns says he started practicing yoga and discovered the fountain of youth.He credits yoga for keeping him flexible and mobile.”Well, it just gets you moving, all parts of your body,” Burns said. Burns started taking classes 15 years ago with Gwen Hull. She says it has helped him in several ways. His instructor has seen improvements in his balance, strength and mobility.”So, you want to have the strength to get up off the floor, to get up and down and be independent,” Hull said. With his improved health, Burns has been able to hold onto his autonomy and sense of self. His 96-year-old brother came to visit this week with his family, and they were impressed.”He was starting to slow down, and then all of a sudden, I guess he started yoga 15 years ago, and then he started getting up and moving,” Burns’ niece, Heidi Burns Miele, said. His nephew didn’t expect the 100-year-old to be so spry. “He’s very limber, and I’m just surprised that he’s not in assisted living and he’s taking care of himself,” Mike Burns said.The eldest Burns comes to class twice a week, wearing his jeans, suspenders and a dress shirt.Burns says he is enjoying the benefits he gets from yoga.”It’s just a variety of different body positions that you go through and the getting up and getting down,” The 100-year-old said.In fact, he believes it’s one of the few secrets to living a long and healthy life.”You say, Don, how did you live to be 100? And he said, ‘Well, I walk a mile a day. I do yoga, especially shoulder stand, and then I love God and love my family,” Hull said.

Don Burns just celebrated his 100th birthday.

While that is amazing in its own right, he’s actually in better health now than 15 years ago.

Burns says he started practicing yoga and discovered the fountain of youth.

He credits yoga for keeping him flexible and mobile.

“Well, it just gets you moving, all parts of your body,” Burns said.

Burns started taking classes 15 years ago with Gwen Hull. She says it has helped him in several ways. His instructor has seen improvements in his balance, strength and mobility.

“So, you want to have the strength to get up off the floor, to get up and down and be independent,” Hull said.

With his improved health, Burns has been able to hold onto his autonomy and sense of self. His 96-year-old brother came to visit this week with his family, and they were impressed.

“He was starting to slow down, and then all of a sudden, I guess he started yoga 15 years ago, and then he started getting up and moving,” Burns’ niece, Heidi Burns Miele, said.

His nephew didn’t expect the 100-year-old to be so spry.

“He’s very limber, and I’m just surprised that he’s not in assisted living and he’s taking care of himself,” Mike Burns said.

The eldest Burns comes to class twice a week, wearing his jeans, suspenders and a dress shirt.

Burns says he is enjoying the benefits he gets from yoga.

“It’s just a variety of different body positions that you go through and the getting up and getting down,” The 100-year-old said.

In fact, he believes it’s one of the few secrets to living a long and healthy life.

“You say, Don, how did you live to be 100? And he said, ‘Well, I walk a mile a day. I do yoga, especially shoulder stand, and then I love God and love my family,” Hull said.

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