A Yoga Workshop for All Ages

Mar 29, 2023 | Uncategorized | 2 comments

Eve and Libbie teaching yoga at a workshop, seated and laughing

Libbie and I met through yoga almost forty years ago. We were in the ingenue stage of yoga. You know…stars in our eyes about the many benefits of the path we were on. At that time, in the early part of our journey, we were in Pune, India, at the BKS Ramamani Yoga Institute. We would have not then, in our wildest imagination, pictured us as old women, teaching a workshop entitled ‘Ascending the Mountain: Two Elders Sharing Their View’.

I firmly held to the notion that yoga would grant me longevity (which it has, in good measure). But I thought yoga would also offer enduring youthfulness. I believed that the peak powers of a twenty or thirty year-old me would last. Naivety or arrogance?

Fortunately, I’ve kept yoga near to me as a faithful companion over all this time, which has allowed more of the subtleties and wisdom of this old friend to be revealed. 

With the several COVID lockdowns, both Libbie and I independently started up zoom classes. Even though we live at a distance of 450 km, zoom let us drop in on each other’s yoga sessions. Although our styles and content are different, we recognised symmetrical values and qualities that we’d gleaned from our practices and life experiences.

At some point it became obvious to me that it could be a joyful experience to collaborate in teaching. I said I thought it could be fun, and Libbie agreed whole-heartedly. And so it has been. Our first of what I hope will be several other presentations, staged in different locations, happened in the lovely northern rivers part of NSW. 

We had a very special group of participants who added as much value as Libbie and I, through discussions, willingness to learn and dedication to yoga practice.

I had an insight after we finished the weekend, when I’d had a chance to digest the experience of being with our group. I think that there is a call-out from younger, middle-aged and older people for old people like Libbie and me to show up. To participate and contribute. 

Stephen Jenkinson, a Canadian author, educator and activist, wrote a book called ‘Come of Age’. I can’t totally recommend it to you as it’s been variously described as a ‘murmuration’ and a ‘agitation’, in other words hard to read. But the back cover does carry this line, ‘Elderhood is a function rather than an identity.’ Quite the opposite from retiring. Retirement is definitely not on our horizon.

A friend wrote this little poem that sums up my sentiments:

To live large, to live well as we grow older  

We just need to live as if we’re already really old 

Without the time to spare 

For waiting here 

Or stopping there.

It occurs to me that you might consider inviting Libbie and me to bring our workshop to your part of the world. We’d like that. 


  1. Hi recently Donna Farhi bought my attention to your collaboration with Libby and suggested the idea to have you visit Christchurch our Well-being Center and spending time with her ? Our New purpose built Center has been open for 18mths and Flow 12 years bringing yoga to CHCH community . Until now Opening a purpose built Center in COVID has required a lot of my energy and focus on the daily and weekly activities .
    It would be great to concider the idea of your workshop in 2023 and possibility of other engagements in NZ ? You never no where an idea could go ??

    • Hi Victoria,
      It was kind of Donna to contact you on our behalf. As a former yoga centre director, I cannot imagine how difficult it would have been for you to keep your doors open. Thank goodness for zoom and on-demand classes.
      I’m sure I can speak for Libbie and say it would be wonderful to be able to teach in CHCH. We both have commitments until October or so, but perhaps we can put something in train in the next little while.
      BTW, I had a look at your website and was blown away by the long list of teachers there. I wish you well in your business and spreading the yoga message. Kindly, Eve


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