The 1,000 year old yoga class!

Over-55s yoga class gather to celebrate Yakult’s 80th anniversary

Yakult yoga group - Liz Elder pictured centre standing on head

Yakult yoga group - Liz Elder pictured centre standing on head

Yoga class in action

Yoga class in action

This spring, a group of yoga fans gathered for a special over-55s class, held at Northolt Leisure Centre in London as part of Yakult’s 80th anniversary celebrations. As befitted the occasion, the two eldest participants in the class were 80 years young – with the group as a whole boasting a collective age of over 1,000! The class was led by Iyengar yoga teacher Liz Elder, herself aged 66, and incorporated chair yoga as well as more challenging positions, such as warrior pose.

For more information on Yakult’s 80-year journey please visit www.yakult.co.uk

The History and Vision of Yakult

The scientist Dr Shirota, spent many years investigating microorganisms, in 1930 he succeeded in discovering a unique strain of lactic acid bacteria that was robust enough to survive through the intestines. He used this strain, now known as Lactobacillus casei Shirota, to make a fermented milk drink – and so, in 1935, the first bottle of Yakult was produced!

Scientist Dr Shirota firmly believed that true health consists not just of physical fitness, but also requires good mental, social and cultural wellbeing – a view he expressed in Yakult’s corporate philosophy “We contribute to the health and happiness of people around the world through pursuit of excellence in life science in general and our research and experience in microorganisms in particular,” This philosophy shone through in the way that he set up the company, from the revolutionary Yakult Ladies system to a wide programme of corporate, cultural, academic and scientific sponsorships.

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