GORDON AND MARGARET AUSTIN

 
 

“Yoga does not just change the way we see things, it transforms the person who sees.” B.K.S. Iyengar

Between them, they have nearly 90 years of yoga experience and have trained hundreds of Iyengar teachers from around the world.

Margaret, now aged 75, started yoga 46 years ago. She gave up work after having her first son, and found herself one morning watching a Richard Hittleman clip on TV. He was teaching yoga with a female ‘model’ demonstrating the poses. She was completely mesmerised by the practice and wanted to give it a go immediately! After searching for yoga in Sunderland and not finding a great deal, she went to Manchester to find out more. And the rest is history. She practices every day and believes it’s the reason for her health and happiness.

Gordon, now aged 85 (can you believe it!), has been practising yoga for the last 41 years. He has always been fit and healthy, and used to play a lot of football, lift weights and go to the gym. But as he got older, he realised his fitness was going backwards, while Margaret’s was going the other way. So he gave yoga a try. His first class was full of women, and he was seconds away from walking out of the door and going to the pub. But he stayed and he has never looked back.

Gordon and Margaret are a true inspiration to the North East yoga community. They brought a specific type of practice over to the area, called Iyengar, after training with Iyengar himself in India. They are a part of the North East England Iyengar Yoga Association and teach a number of classes in the area, including Biddick Academy, Biddick Arts Centre, Fullwell Methodist Church, Pennywell Neighbourhood Centre and Monkwearmouth school. They also still conduct teacher trainings at the Quaker house in Roker.