Student Journey – Lesley Price
Hello there! My name is Lesley Price
“As I went to yoga more regularly it was my mind that changed the most. I became calmer, more content with my life and with life in the world around me. I even started to believe what Deb told us every yoga class… “You are perfect, just the way you are”
Back in 2007, I boarded a plane to fly to the USA for my work as an Education Consultant. I like the window seat as it gives me a bit more personal space and I can see where we are going through the window. As I sat waiting for everyone to board, a tiny, older woman came to sit next to me in the middle seat. She stood up onto the aisle seat to put her sports bag into the overhead locker then sat cross-legged in her seat. She told me she was on her way to a master’s tennis tournament in Sydney and that she was the only over 80-year-old participant that year. WOW, I said, “tennis sure has kept you fit and flexible, I am in my 50s and I can’t sit cross-legged like that!” She smiled and calmly told me that it was not tennis that allowed her to sit like that, it was YOGA. Right then I decided that if I ever had time in my busy life I would take up yoga. In fact, I got out a sticky note and started a wish list of things to do when I had time.
When I retired from that paid work I went back to study and teach, part-time, at university but I also included in my timetable…YOGA.
My daughter, Lee, and I were walking one Monday morning and saw Deb’s Yoga Centred sign by The Jack Healey Centre. We tried out a class or two and I realised that, although I was quite fit from hiking, I was stiff, inflexible and quite weak in my arms and upper body. Yoga started to change that and still does.
But that was not the most important change. As I went to yoga more regularly it was my mind that changed the most. I became calmer, more content with my life and with life in the world around me. I even started to believe what Deb told us every yoga class… “You are perfect, just the way you are”. Twelve years after meeting the amazing, 80-year-old, tennis-player, I know that yoga will continue to be an ongoing part of my life journey.
I have been lucky to travel, twice, to Bali for yoga retreats with Deb, The first was with my beautiful daughter. Lee is also a very busy lady. She runs a business, a family and has lots of volunteer roles in the community. Having a week together sharing yoga, sound healing and being able to reach out each night to hold hands across the small space between our beds, was a gift for us both, a treasure that I will never forget. This year, with my sister, Carole, and my best friend, Sonia, and her sister, Denise, I had a different experience with the “awesome foursome” learning about both body and mind as we explored, together, Ubud and the offerings that yoga gives.
I have 12 “Grandees” ranging in age from babies to adults and I love them all so dearly. Bronnie, 16, and Chelsea, 13, have been to Deb’s yoga sessions with me. Lee brought Bronnie’s netball team to yoga one Thursday evening as a bonding and stretching session before the grand-final. She is a super coach.
I do wish that someone had started me on my yoga journey as a young woman.
I know that I would be stronger, more flexible with better posture and most importantly, calmer and kinder with less worry and stress in my life. However, it is never too late, as yoga is for everyone and I feel so lucky to have found yoga in my senior years. I can, and actually do, sit cross-legged in plane seats now. I can touch my toes, squat as I weed the garden, lower myself in plank without putting my knees down and sometimes I can even do tree pose without wobbling!!
Once, I stood by myself for a few moments in Mountain Pose in a stunning forest in the Salzkammergut in Austria. I had the most amazing feeling that I was “at one” with the Universe.
What can I say? Yoga …Thank you Deb.