Perfect space for Cate to share yoga lessons
COROWA Old Time and New Vogue Dance will be held at the Corowa Golf Club Auditorium on Friday from 7.30pm to 11pm.
Entry is $7, and music will be supplied by J and M Hughes, with light supper provided.
For more details call Brian on (02) 60332589.
THE Australian Shareholders’ Association Albury-Wodonga Regional Group will hold its next meeting on Tuesday, April 28 from 10am at the Commercial Club in Albury.
There will be a question and answer structure, on the topic, ‘Why invest in listed property trusts?’.
For more information, phone 0402 586450 or (02) 60218035.
WANGARATTA’S Red Cross branch will hold a ticket stall for its Mother’s Day raffle at Coles supermarket on Thursday, April 30.
Tickets will be on sale from 9am to 5.30pm.
THE next seniors old old time dance will be held on Friday, May 1 in St Patrick’s Hall supper room from 2pm.
There will be no dance held during April.
ENJOY an old time dance including modern and new vogue at Terrace Hall in Terrace Avenue on Friday, May 1.
Revision will be held from 7pm to 7.30pm, with dancing from 7.30pm until 10.30pm, and supper provided.
Everyone is welcome, and more information is available from Joy on 0401 345507.
GOOLUMBARDI Women’s Group will hold its next meeting on Wednesday, May 6 at Mind in Clark Street from 5pm to 7pm. All women are invited to attend. For more details call Aunty Betty on 57215989.
WANGARATTA Diabetes Support Group will hold its next meeting at the Wangaratta Library on Wednesday, May 6 from 7pm to 8.30pm.
The meeting will be held in the community room, and everyone is welcome to attend.
For more information, phone Val on 57257322 or Les on 0407 500295.
BEECHWORTH Parkinsons Support Group will hold its next meeting on Thursday, May 7 from 11am at the RSL Hall in Ford Street, Beechworth.
For more information, phone (02) 60517400.
WANGARATTA Library will hold its next Lego Club session on Saturday, May 9 from 10.30am.
The family activity is free to attend, and offers fun challenges, with prizes to be won.
Contact the library on 57212366 for more information.
WANGARATTA and District Orchid Group will hold its next meeting on Wednesday, May 13 at the St Patrick’s Church Hall supper room in Ford Street.
Meetings start at 8pm, and more information is available from Helen Ellis on 57223249 or Jock Campbell on (02) 60595374.
WANGARATTA Dementia Support Group will hold its next meeting on Wednesday, June 3 at Neil Stewart House in Murdoch Road from 2pm for afternoon tea.
The session is open to all people travelling the dementia pathway.
For more information, phone 57273450.
WANGARATTA District Men’s Shed is open every Monday from 10am to 2pm, and Wednesdays from 11am to 3pm at Sam Perna Pavilion at the saleyards off Shanley Street in South Wangaratta.
For more information, phone 57224057.
A TEACHER and yoga practitioner inspired by the tranquillity of the King Valley environment is helping others to find their own space and peace.
Cate Geard came to the region with her family in 2010, after spending five years building her own home with her gardener husband David, on a rural property in Hansonville.
“It has a completely unhindered vista to the north, west and south and it’s a beautiful place to live,” she said.
“It’s a lifestyle property we share with all the native animals and I love the peace and quiet.”
Cate said the family was attracted to the idea of living a simpler life with nature; the property having no services and the family relying on rainwater and a 12 volt power system.
Sons Euchre and Clove both started at Moyhu Preschool and now attend nearby Greta Valley Primary School.
Cate began teaching at Myrrhee Primary School while also continuing to train as a yoga teacher, a discipline she began at the age of 19, before deciding to dedicate herself to yoga full time.
She still maintains a connection to primary teaching at Moyhu through the mobile art van, which she says is the perfect balance with the other workshops she’s involved with.
“Most people live in a high stress world and sometimes we feel we don’t have space, but in actual fact there is space there and yoga brings that space time and time again, regardless of what’s going on,” she said.
“Regular yoga practice brings space to the physical, mental and emotional body and you find you’re not just coping but you’re thriving in your external world.”
For Cate who grew up in Albury but has travelled extensively throughout her life, the connection to yoga came naturally and she found it quickly became a lifeline to peace and joy.
“I didn’t study it to become a yoga teacher, I studied it to better my own life and as a result I’ve been able to pass on the gifts of yoga to others and that’s the highest calling in life that I could possibly have,” she said.
People of any age, body type and physicality can benefit from yoga, according to Cate, and even children from King Valley preschools and primary schools have been learning to “listen intuitively to their bodies”.
“There’s a perception that you need to be able to touch your toes or contort your body in all kinds of funny shapes to do yoga, but it’s not the case at all,” she said.
“Yoga is a really sacred space to feel safe and what it teaches you, is that you can adapt the pose to the body, and that the main thing is tuning into your breath and moving with it, which creates the peace.
“We can truly grow into the best version of ourselves when we don’t judge ourselves and when there is no judgement around us.”
Cate began a new series of yoga sessions in Moyhu this month and she’s pleased to see a wide variety of people taking part including those giving it a go for the first time and those who have become familiar faces.
To find out more about Cate and her yoga and art classes visit www. categeard.com.