Gratitude to huffingtonpost.com for the following golden years yoga story.

While you’re struggling to do downward-facing dog and spending most of your time in the child’s pose, this senior is able to cross his feet behind his head without breaking a sweat. An 84-year-old retired worker in China, Hou Zhenshan not only practices but teaches yoga in Zhangjiakou, China. Local news sources report that he has been practicing yoga for more than 30 years, which would explain his amazing agility.

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ZHANGJIAKOU, CHINA - MAY 14:  (CHINA OUT) Hou Zhenshan, an 84-year-old Yoga talent, practise Yoga on May 14, 2015 in Zhangjiakou, Hebei province of China. Hou Zhenshan, a retired worker who has practise Yoga for 30 years to strenthen his body, and he, as a community volunteers to the Olympic bid, hope more people can join him to promote the national fitness program in Zhangjiakou on Thursday.  (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)

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ZHANGJIAKOU, CHINA - MAY 14:  (CHINA OUT) Hou Zhenshan, an 84-year-old Yoga talent, practise Yoga on May 14, 2015 in Zhangjiakou, Hebei province of China. Hou Zhenshan, a retired worker who has practise Yoga for 30 years to strenthen his body, and he, as a community volunteers to the Olympic bid, hope more people can join him to promote the national fitness program in Zhangjiakou on Thursday.  (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)

ZHANGJIAKOU, CHINA – MAY 14: (CHINA OUT) Hou Zhenshan, an 84-year-old Yoga talent, practise Yoga on May 14, 2015 in Zhangjiakou, Hebei province of China. Hou Zhenshan, a retired worker who has practise Yoga for 30 years to strenthen his body, and he, as a community volunteers to the Olympic bid, hope more people can join him to promote the national fitness program in Zhangjiakou on Thursday. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)

Yoga is a great exercise at any age, with possible health benefits that include lower blood pressure, less stress and more flexibility. It’s no surprise, then, that so many post 50s are taking it up.

Our own blogger, Phyllis Sues, took up yoga at age 80! Sues says she is able to do yoga, despite her arthritis. “Yoga gives you a life you didn’t have yesterday. It’s a wakeup call to every cell in your body. Every muscle sits up and pays attention. I live to do yoga and I do it to live,” she said. And one of our “15 Women Over 50” participants, Susan Lyons, is becoming a yogini this year, because she finds it gives her relaxation, focus and strength.

Excuse us while we grab our yoga mats. Namaste.

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Huffington Post: This 84-Year-Old Can Do Yoga Like Nobody’s Business

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