Image shows Susan Wanmer teaching the Anatomy of Yoga at Halloween, and asking "why do we find skeletons creepy? " !

Halloween in Australia

Tonight I went to the shop at dusk and the guys in the car next to me got out with bandages on their head – and blood on their clothes…  I was completely sucked in and didn’t realise it was Halloween!

Image shows Susan Wanmer teaching the Anatomy of Yoga at Halloween, and asking "why do we find skeletons creepy? " !
Why Do We Think Skeletons are Creepy?

I’m just back from Paris, so of course memories of the years I spent working in Paris are foremost in my mind.

Back in the eighties, I taught exercise and danse in several top Parisian venues, but my favourite group, from a regional class, I taught the ‘Timewarp’ sequence to.  For an excursion, we dressed up in costume, took le train from Combs la Ville, and then Le Metro to a cult cinema showing of Rocky Horror Picture Show.  My students had never seen the movie [40 years old this year in 2015!], but they knew it well from my describing it in our classes.

One of the highlight aspects in the cult Parisian cinema, were the members in the audience who knew the script by heart and asked “Where’s the Rope” just before the rope was dropped, and got up on stage so as to be part of the movie.

Those memories for me and for my students were back in the early eighties in Paris……

Fast-track from Danse Moderne in Paris, to 2015 Yoga classes in Australia. I don’t remember why, but something in the 6 pm Yoga class last year incited a “jump to the left….” and when we opened the door for the 7.20 pm class, we gave them the Rocky Horror rendition of the transition from one standing Yoga pose to another.

Image shows Halloween Skeleton Flexible Freddy teaching Yoga Anatomy, with Mookie the Puppy!
Flexible Freddy teaching Yoga Anatomy, with Mookie the Puppy!

Even if the 7.20 Pm Yoga class didn’t understand, the fact was that my Australian Yoga encompassed every aspect of my life of teaching and facilitation. When there is an opportunity to connect, to express, to embrace, and to bond – take it! Make sure you do not get ‘religious’ in your yoga.

Yoga is about mobilisation, connection, and keeping it real!

Where you there? Do you remember that night, or when we talked about it afterwards?

Happy Halloween. I See.I Be.I Love.  from Susan WANMER, Australian Senior Yogini and Coach.