Britain's oldest yoga teacher is a 90-year-old Scotsman with 'no intentions of retiring'

Britain's oldest yoga instructor is still teaching packed classes - at the age of 90.

Wednesday, 15th January 2020, 11:45 am

Super-fit pensioner Tom Allan, who began his yoga in Glasgow, only picked up the pastime at the age of 55 as he did not fancy jogging in the rain.

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But more than than 30 years later, he is still passing on his vast experience of the ancient art with his bendy joints and flexibility defying his advancing years.

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Tom Allan at one of his classes. Picture: SWNS

He teaches twice a week and after celebrating his 90th birthday with friends and family said he had no plans to stop any time soon.

Tom, who now lives in Plymouth, said: "I think I will still be doing it at 100 and have no intentions of retiring in the foreseeable future.

"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.

At 90, the yoga instructor has no intentions of stopping. Picture: SWNS

"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, who has been married to Gwen for 67 years, was born and grew up in Scotland, and at his busiest taught six classes a week in Glasgow, including to university students.

He started his yoga journey by attending classes before he was offered a place on yoga teaching course - and he has now been running lessons for over 30 years.

He added: "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 inquires about it and started going to classes. 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. After that, when I retired at 60 from my work, I started my own classes in Glasgow.

"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. I also had one for the partially sighted and those with partial hearing - they were very interesting to work with."

Taking early retirement from working at a pharmaceutical company at 60, and moving to Devon 20 years ago, Tom said he wanted to keep busy and keep teaching yoga - and says that's what has kept him fit and healthy all these years.

He said: "I just teach the two classes a week now and they are almost always full.

"I still enjoy it very much. Who would not enjoy being in the company of a dozen lovely ladies.

"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."