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Learn yoga from coach aged 72

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Added On February 21, 2016

A 72-years-old man in Hangzhou, capital of east China's Zhejiang Province has a good command of yoga himself and got the certificate. 
 
Recently, he opens free classes for more people to reap the benefits of yoga.
 
Lifestyles has the story.
 
In a gym in this popular tourist destination, many elderly people are doing challenging yoga movements. It is a free yoga class facing the community. The teacher is a 72 years old man named Yue Mingchao. One year ago, Yue got the certificate of senior yoga coach. Now he is helping more people to explore the pleasure of yoga.
 
It was 9 years ago when Yue started learning yoga. At that time, he had a beer belly and suffered from many illnesses, so he started to do exercise. After trying many sports, he fell in love with yoga.
 
SOUNDBITE: (CHINESE) YUE MINGCHAO, Yoga coach
"I asked the coach if a man could do yoga, he said yes, then I followed him. The first class was meditation. Though it was only for 5 minutes, I felt it's not easy."
 
However, after three months, Yue thought yoga was quite good and held on to it. He was in good shape again while physical conditions were also improved. In the past 9 years, he has kept doing yoga every day. That's why he can be so proficient today.
 
In March 2015, Yue initialled a free yoga course after getting the certificate. He teaches others yoga three times a week. There were 15 people in the class at first while now there are over 60. Among them, the eldest is 82 years old while the youngest is almost 50.
 
SOUNDBITE: (CHINESE) YUE MINGCHAO, Yoga coach 
"Yoga can help people live a healthier life. I hope to motivate more people to do it. That's why I went for the test and got the certificate."
 
The essence of yoga is perseverance and doing it within your capabilities, Yue concludes. Students all gain the benefits of yoga, both physically and mentally.
 
SOUNDBITE: (CHINESE) DING LIYING, Yogi
"We all feel stretched and comfortable after class. In the past, I always have stiff shoulders."
 
SOUNDBITE: (CHINESE) QING ZONGMING, Yogi
"I feel I have become more gentle and peaceful. I don't lose temper because of tricks anymore."
 
Now Yue has an increasing reputation. More and more people want to learn it so that he only has one day off per week. However, he feels happy as yoga is being accepted by the society.