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.