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Yoga Teacher at 83    Elisabeth Wengersky has never been one for sitting around. As far as she’s concerned, park benches are not for resting weary bones, but more of a yoga prop when the weather allows for some outdoor exercise.    While most 82 year olds might consider a Sunday walk in the country or a game of bowls a decent bash at exercise, Elisabeth is probably dashing across London from her home in St John’s Wood to teach yoga to students a fraction of her age, which she does several times a week.    Her Thursday schedule consists of trekking from north to south London for a lunchtime class at the Virgin Active Club in Fulham, then returning home. During the day she might get creative making birthday cards for her huge circle of family and friends or preparing supper for a friend.    A few hours later it’s back across town for her second class at Virgin Active, which begins at 7pm.    Not content with this level of activity, this lively and charming lady also manages to fit in four two-hour sessions as a participant. However, this is nothing compared to her early days of teaching when she would sometimes teach five classes in a day.    Elisabeth learned the yoga of BKS Iyengar, often called “the father of yoga”. Every single pose must be practised to perfection using intense focus, even down to making sure the inner edge of your big toe is pushing down, for example.

Yoga Teacher at 83

Elisabeth Wengersky has never been one for sitting around. As far as she’s concerned, park benches are not for resting weary bones, but more of a yoga prop when the weather allows for some outdoor exercise.

While most 82 year olds might consider a Sunday walk in the country or a game of bowls a decent bash at exercise, Elisabeth is probably dashing across London from her home in St John’s Wood to teach yoga to students a fraction of her age, which she does several times a week.

Her Thursday schedule consists of trekking from north to south London for a lunchtime class at the Virgin Active Club in Fulham, then returning home. During the day she might get creative making birthday cards for her huge circle of family and friends or preparing supper for a friend.

A few hours later it’s back across town for her second class at Virgin Active, which begins at 7pm.

Not content with this level of activity, this lively and charming lady also manages to fit in four two-hour sessions as a participant. However, this is nothing compared to her early days of teaching when she would sometimes teach five classes in a day.

Elisabeth learned the yoga of BKS Iyengar, often called “the father of yoga”. Every single pose must be practised to perfection using intense focus, even down to making sure the inner edge of your big toe is pushing down, for example.

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AuthorDonna Furmanek

Each time I have a chance to study with my teachers, I leave feeling refreshed and renewed. The classes are challenging, physically, and mentally. And they also deepen my emotional and spiritual understanding. Classes are taught with skill and purpose, with teachers who encourage us to keep going, and our best effort is encouraged, Yoga teaches us that it is our effort that counts - not any specific goal. It is the work we do, called our dharma, that we engage in without expectation for reward. Yoga is a practice that is passed on, and learned through direct experience. Both on the mat and off the mat, yoga is practiced. It has been said that Yoga is “Skill in Action.” Whether we are making breakfast, talking with a friend, or practicing yoga on the mat, our effort in the connection with what we are doing brings us into the present moment. So, Yoga is from moment to moment, Skill in Action…and faith that keeps us going!

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AuthorDonna Furmanek

In Ancient Yoga and Ayurveda, the “seers” developed a keen perception of seasonal change and how we could adapt our daily life practices according to each season. Summer is a culmination of Fall, Winter and Spring. It is a time for refreshment, liveliness, and ease. It is a time to enjoy the fruits of our labors. So, kick off your shoes, focus inward, reconnect and rejuvenate. Here’s to life!

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AuthorDonna Furmanek