BENGALURU: One of India’s oldest yoga gurus, Amma Nanammal, had a message to give for women on the occasion of International Yoga Day. She urged women to take to yoga to avoid hormone imbalance and fertility-related ailments.
97-year-old Nanammal, a resident of Coimbatore who was in the city to celebrate Yoga Day said that regular practice of yoga not only helps maintain thyroid levels but also helps during the phase of motherhood.
“A lot of women undergo surgeries for these ailments. If they can instead go for yoga therapy, it will help,” she says.
Nanammal swears by a disciplined lifestyle for a healthy living. She has a daily rountine and sticks to it.
“I wake up at 6 am every day. I do not use toothpaste or a brush. Till date, I brush my teeth with neem sticks,” she says. She then gulps down some cumin water and is all set to teach students waiting for her.
“I teach students, sometimes in batches of 10 and sometimes 50. My day begins this way. As I teach them, even I practise yoga,” explains this great-grandmother of 11.
What follows is a healthy meal made with mixed grains. “I consume a malt made with various millets. That is the most nutritious breakfast,” says Nanammal.
She is also quick to add that one ought to consume a lot of greens in the meal.