Video: India's oldest man does yoga every day to remain young
India's oldest man Photograph: (AFP)
Swami Sivananda is a Hindu monk who was born on August 8, 1896, according to his passport. Claiming to be India's oldest living man, he is now applying to be recognized by Guinness World Records. That honor is currently held by Israel Kristal, who formally entered the books on March 11, 2016, at the age of 112 years and 178 days.
Sivananda hails from the city of Varanasi in India and grew up in extreme poverty. He lost his parents at an early age and chose to become a monk. He credits his long life to his daily routine, which includes daily yoga, celibacy and discipline. Among other things, Sivananda sleeps on a mat on the floor and uses a wooden slab as a pillow. He is unfazed by the technological advancements of the new world, given that he was born in colonial era India without electricity, cars or telephones.