FINDING THE QUIET SPACE
I’ve been noticing lately how noisy our world is: there are techno beats in restaurants and piped-in music at shopping centres. In the past, music (carols) only appeared in shops at Christmas time. Today, even my favourite bookshop café plays non-stop music.
Libraries used to be quiet places. And what’s not to savour surrounded by a smorgasbord of books? Well I still miss my favourite, silent reading space.
YOGA IN THE 60s AND YOGA TODAY
I recently had a wonderful opportunity to interview 14 yoga teachers aged 60 plus (youngest 66, oldest 95) about why they still practise and teach yoga. For me, it was a dream job come true – and what dedicated yogini wouldn’t relish hearing humorous tales about the early days of yoga in Australia and New Zealand? Back then, yoga was considered a hippy, dippy alternative practice.
In the 1960s, Sheila Hay’s employer in the adult education sector advised her to call herself a ‘keep fit teacher’ rather than a ‘yoga teacher’, especially if any of her students were married to policemen! Read more...
AT 90 PLUS YEARS YOGA KEEPS THEM YOUNG!
When I attended Tania Dyett’s yoga class, I immediately knew what kind of older woman I want to be. Aged 92 her wicked sense of humour made the class an absolute delight. We learnt her unique ‘My Pussycat Pose’ which involved ‘tail wagging’ and loads of laughter.
Tania is one of 14 yoga teachers (aged 60 plus) I interviewed recently for a research project about yoga and ageing. Read more...
Vivian Vieritz: Yoga, Dancing and Life at 93 (2 min clip)
Bette Calman: Fit as a Fiddle at 84 (2 min clip)