Never too old for a good stretch

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By LISA THOMAS

CLARE­MONT yoga teacher Sheila Hayes is prov­ing that age is no bar­rier to a healthy mind and body.

The 84-year-old has ded­i­cated her life to the dis­ci­pline, study­ing and teach­ing with many of the great yoga mas­ters over the past 50 years.

She is also a found­ing mem­ber of one of the high­est stan­dards of yoga in the world, Bri­tish Wheel Yoga.

Ms Hayes brought her skills to Clare­mont in 2013 af­ter mov­ing from the UK.

She said yoga was about mind and body, achiev­ing bal­ance, health and con­fi­dence.

She is now try­ing to en­cour­age women and men over 60 to try it.

“Ev­ery­thing takes prac­tise, but the ben­e­fits of yoga are end­less,” she said. “Be­ing able to stretch and move, get up and down off a chair and help­ing your core strength, pos­ture and bal­ance.”

She said yoga was also about be­ing so­cial, mak­ing time for your­self and meet­ing new peo­ple.

“It’s for you, no­body else and it gives you a chance to have some respite from the world,” she said.

“Yoga isn’t some­thing you have to start young, but some­thing you can start at any age.”

She said she en­cour­aged peo­ple to come to a class and have a go.

“I’m 84, but work hard to stay young,” she said. “No one can make you feel well but your­self and no one can mo­ti­vate you to get off your bum, but your­self.”

Classes are held at the Twist­ing Fish in Clare­mont on Tues­day 1.30pm to 3pm and Thurs­day 2pm to 3.30pm.

Visit www.twist­ing­fish.com.au.

Sheila Hayes has spent more than half her life teach­ing yoga.

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