›› Kirsty Sewell

In May, Fernwood NRG began to offer a 55+ Senior’s Yoga and High Tea program once a week on Tuesdays. This program is supported by a My Great Neighbourhood Grant through the City of Victoria—thanks for the support! Class starts at 11:30am on Tuesdays and is taught by Ludmilla Lyle. She is registered acupuncturist and got her yoga instructor training at Fernwood NRG’s own Yoga Den.

After only seven classes, our group is already feeling better! Everyone’s balance is improving, we can stand on one leg for several seconds with a leg out, and do a variety of ‘Warrior’ poses. We are also learning to stand in the tree pose—which is making our calves and ankles rather shapely, if I may say so myself. We would love to have more people join the class! Class size is already growing quickly—I think word of our shapely ankles could be spreading.

Following the yoga class, at 12:30pm, we offer a ‘high tea’, with tea or coffee, a refreshing drink such as lavender-infused lime cordial, tea sandwiches—think egg salad, cream cheese, and watercress, cucumber and mint, or tuna with pickles and celery—yum! We also have scones, and pastries, pie, or cake. High tea goes from 12:30pm to 2:30pm. There are ­opportunities for volunteers such as ­helping to set up the room, make or serve lunch, or other activities to aid with the program.

There is a $2 fee for the yoga and high tea program. For our volunteers, the ­program is free of charge.