The Sunday Telegraph - Sunday

‘There’s something liberating about saying “This is who I am” ’

Vicki Baumann, 60

- Vicki Baumann teaches live online yoga classes via Zoom at yogawith

‘Before my sister died at 48 she said she wished she could grow old. I am privileged to be the age I am’

Since becoming a yoga teacher and getting fit and toned, buying clothes has become a pleasure.

I’d describe my style as classic and tailored. I don’t wear outlandish or blingy clothes and, in a dress, I always ask myself, “Am I too old for this?” I’m not always sure where the dividing line is.

My first concern when choosing what to wear is comfort, but after that I do sometimes fear the judgment of others and worry about looking like “mutton”. It shouldn’t matter, but as women we have so much judgment throughout our lives that I often find myself fighting these questions I wish weren’t in my head.

I dyed my hair for years and finally gave in to the greys in my mid-50s. Luckily, it’s a lovely tone and there’s something quite liberating about just saying, “This is who I am.”

I don’t look in the mirror and think, “Wow, I look fantastic!” In fact, sometimes I think, “Who is that old lady?” But I’m not interested in Botox or fillers. I just want to be who I am, even if it’s sometimes hard to face my reflection.

Before my sister died at 48, I remember her saying she wished she could grow old. For me, it’s a constant reminder that I am privileged to be the age I am.

I think it’s hilarious that I have just turned 60 when, thanks to yoga, I feel like I am in my 30s and can do flips and headstands.

Yoga is about letting go of your ego, not judging yourself against others, and accepting where you are today. And I know that it will help me to accept my future.

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