I’d like to tell you about a lady called Patricia. She’s the woman that runs the yoga classes I attend every Tuesday and Thursday. She’s funny, clever- and she’s 84 this year.
Now, I’m not sure how many 84-year-old yoga instructors you’ve ever come across, but my guess is that it’s not many. People think I’m lying when I talk about Patsy: I once took a sly Snapchat of her and sent it to a friend, to which they replied that she looked way too young for her 84 years.
I love going to yoga because it stretches me out, increases my flexibility and helps me unwind after a busy day; but I also attend these particular sessions because Patsy always imparts some of her wisdom on us. She’s perhaps the most optimistic person I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting, and her funny anecdotes add a personal note to the hourly sessions (one of my favourites is about her date with not one, but two men last Valentine’s day).
To be honest, I’m not totally convinced that what Patsy teaches us is actually yoga; but it’s so bloody relaxing that I don’t care. I unashamedly admit that not so long ago, during a relaxation she was doing at the end of a class, I fell asleep. And woke myself up by snoring. Whilst this was highly embarrassing (hey, at least it wasn’t a fart), I think it really pays testament to Patricia’s soothing voice and her way of calming you after a long week.
When I’m not falling asleep, yoga is my time to really focus my mind. I’m constantly stressed about a million different things, but during the classes I just have to concentrate on whatever Patricia is telling me to do- it becomes a settling game of Simon Says, allowing me to focus all of my energy on one thing at a time.
Patricia is solid proof that life doesn’t stop because you’re old: from a lady that’s been practicing yoga for nearly 71 years, age is definitely just a number. Her wisdom put everyday stresses into perspective, and I will be gutted when I finish uni because I will sincerely miss our biweekly meetings.
If anybody knows of any good yoga places in Leeds, be sure to let me know- I’m desperate for somewhere to go when I move back home!
Thanks for reading,