According to this commentary on the Bhagavata Purana by Swami Prabhupada:

By controlling the breath, the perfect yogī can continue his life for as long as he likes. Sometimes we hear from the Vedic literature that some personalities from the Vedic age, such as Vyāsadeva and Aśvatthāmā, are still living. Here we understand that Maru is also still living. We are sometimes surprised that a mortal body can live for such a long time. The explanation of this longevity is given here by the word yoga-siddha. If one becomes perfect in the practice of yoga, he can live as long as he likes. The demonstration of some trifling yoga-siddha does not constitute perfection. Here is a factual example of perfection: a yoga-siddha can live as long as he likes.


  1. Are those two people (Vyasa and Ashwatthama) still alive?

  2. Has anyone used yoga to live for supernatural lengths of time?

(Note: Question has been edited based on this recommendation on meta)

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    @LorenPechtel You mean, what is the original source basing its claim on? Ancient documents that say someone achieved this thousands of years ago. – Brilliand Jun 21 '17 at 22:32
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    @jamesqf No. It appears to me that the referenced claim is about a sudden leap to unlimited life expectancy from achieving a certain level, not a gradual increase in life expectancy due to overall health. Thus whether a partial accomplishment increases life expectancy to a small degree is not really relevant. – Brilliand Jun 22 '17 at 21:16
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    Gotta say editing from "can you achieve immortality" to "can you live 200 to 500 years" to "can yoga increase life expectancy" is completely making the question into something not only different, but a claim that is completely and utterly not noteworthy. Yoga is exercise and helps with core strength and flexibility. Of course it can increase life expectancy, just like any other regular exercise program. You won't find anyone that says otherwise. – PoloHoleSet Jun 26 '17 at 15:30
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    @PoloHoleSet I would edit and revert the question to its original state but my edits were meant to make the question on-topic for this site. There are a lot of Hindus who do believe with Yoga one can achieve anything and everything, only sky is the limit. See this question on Hinduism.SE: Did ancient Yogis float in the air and what is the method to do it? – hyd Jun 27 '17 at 16:29
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    @BKE It’s totally scientifically answerable, and the answer is a resounding “no”. – Konrad Rudolph Jan 29 '18 at 17:08

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