This story was relayed to me recently by a 52 year old Iyengar teacher who grew up and teaches in Hong Kong. She recounted a question that was asked of her by a young yoga student in her early twenties who was from mainland China. The student asked "How come Iyengar teachers are old and not beautiful?" She thought to herself "Well at 52, I might be old by this young person's standards, but I wouldn't exactly describe myself as not beautiful." Ok—maybe a lot has been lost in the translation of this statement. Maybe the person who said this didn't really mean to say it in this way. However it was intended, it can be helpful to see the humor in this observation by a young and inexperienced yoga student from mainland China.