126-year-old yoga guru attends Sports Expo in Hyderabad

Hyderabad: Swami Sivananda, a 126-year-old yoga guru known as the oldest Indian, participated in the final day of the three-day sports exhibition held at Hitex, Madhapur on Sunday.

He showed his yoga skills by demonstrating a few asanas – Paschimottanasana, Sarvangasana and Pavanamuktasana to name a few to over 1000 yoga enthusiasts during a yoga program called Yoganamami.

Speaking to the media on the occasion, he said it was his first visit to the city. Hyderabadis are lovable people by heart and by soul. I wish them to practice more Yoga.

In response to a question, he said his date of birth was August 8, 1896. He gave a brief personal life profile and a color photocopy of his Aadhar card.

Revealing the secret to his long life, he says, it’s a simple life. Life without money, without donations, without desire, without oil, salt, milk, fruits, without daily sleep and Kripa of Guru Omkarananda Goswami, all this has led to 126 years of disease-free life.

I started practicing Yoga at the age of nine. Sarvangasana and Matsyasana rejuvenate life. Do these yogas for youth, he said.

Sharing more details about his personal life, he said that I practiced an ancient way of life. I eat early and sleep early and get up early. I rarely eat breakfast, if all I do is eat boiled potatoes. Just had lunch and dinner, both very limited. I eat two chapatis, a boiled potato, puffed rice and barley. porridge. I only eat twice.

I eat less and in limited quantities. I don’t eat tasty food. I stay away from fast food, he shared.

I don’t have a favorite food, he added. Many people live to eat, but I eat to live.

I traveled for 40 long years across six continents. Once the immigration officials in the Middle East after seeing my date of birth on Passport were shocked to know my age, Padmasri Swami Sivananda revealed.

I met Prime Minister Modi. I love Ramdev baba’s forms of yoga. I love it. What he is doing is good, he says. I met Subhas Chandra Bose whose defiance of British rule in India made him a hero among Indians. He was my childhood friend, Swami Sivananda shared.

Asked about yoga 100 years ago and now, since he has been practicing yoga for over 100 years, he replied that it was the same. It is more popular today than in the past. He’s more popular in the west than where he was born.

When asked why people confuse so many different types of yoga, he replied that whatever name or nomenclature they might give, the fundamental principles of yoga or the essential components of a practice of yoga such as breathing, meditation, intention, asanas and relaxation are the same.