Tom Allan, who leads strenuous yoga classes twice a week at an age of 90, had started doing yoga at the age of 55 to keep a healthy lifestyle.
As of now, the old man is a successful and renowned yoga master, known across the globe.
Meet Tom in the video below!
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What’s even more amazing is that the determined soul who is still ‘Britain Oldest Teacher’ has no plans to quit the arduous job until he gets 100.
Tom, from Plymouth, Devon, said: “The oldest yoga teacher in the world is a lady in America who is 101 and I definitely have her record in my sights.
“I can still do most of the postures. There are a few I am no longer able to do that I could when I was younger, but I use models to do some of the postures I can no longer do.
“That’s to do with balancing as I have an on-going eye problem. But most of it I can still do as well as I could when I was a lot younger.”
Tom was offered a chance to teach yoga just two years after he started learning it himself.
Speaking of the time when Tom was young and never fancied even the idea of jogging in severe weather, he said: “I was looking for some form of exercise, I was looking at people in all sorts of weathers racing around trying to get fit and that didn’t appeal to me at all.
“Somebody mentioned the word yoga so I made inquiries about it and started going to classes.”
He added: “I was a student then and I went to several classes a week for two and a half years until I was invited to take the teacher training course.
“This all happened in Glasgow, the course was based partly Glasgow partly Edinburgh.”
Tom decided to start giving his own yoga training classes in Glasgow after retirement at 60. He also held special classes for people with physical or mental disabilities.
“I had six classes including one at the university and another one I had that was very interesting was one for people with learning difficulties,” said the 90-year-old.
“I also had one for the partially sighted and those with partial hearing – they were very interesting to work with.”
Tom says he’s spent a lot of time to follow ‘the eight limbs’ of yoga. Though he didn’t succeed, his yoga now mainly depicts more Eastern style as compared to Western.
The heroic man says he was afraid of moving from Scotland to Plymouth 20 years ago as it was uncertain if he could get new customers.
His fear didn’t remain for long as the old man earned fame and started teaching at Harewood House.
“I heard about this building, came along and had a word with the caretaker,” said Tom. He later acquired a room at Plymouth Civic Center.
Speaking of the current status of his services, he said: “I just teach the two classes a week now and they are almost always full. That is to a dozen people each as I cannot take any more due to the limitations.
“I still enjoy it very much. It has very much kept me in the shape I am now. I follow the yoga lifestyle and do everything in moderation so have kept my weight very constant.”