FIONA BAKER

Sunday Mail - Body and Soul - - FRONT PAGE -

My first mem­ory of yoga is of see­ing my mum, in a tow­elling leisure suit, head­ing off to a class at the lo­cal church hall with my high-haired aunt. I doubt they even worked up a sweat, spend­ing most of the ses­sion sprawled in shavasana and lov­ing be­ing away from their off­spring. Yoga then was a gen­tle pur­suit for the vaguely seden­tary. What a long way it’s come. To­day it’s an ad­ven­ture sport with devo­tees ef­fort­lessly pulling down­ward­fac­ing dogs on horse­back and surf­boards, up­side-down war­riors sus­pended from the ceil­ing and child’s pose to­tally stark­ers. Our story on page 4 will in­spire the ex­treme sport spirit in all of you.

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