Long before TV’s fitness craze with Richard Simmons, Aerobics Oz Style and Jane Fonda home videos, Australian television got its first taste of Yoga.
The exotic Swami Sarasvati introduced a new and unusual method of ‘stretching’, performing mind-bending postures on daytime television. Her self-titled 10 show ran from 1969 until the late ’70s.
In doing so Swami, now believed to be in her late ’70s, also became a pioneer in diverse representation on Australian television.
She was trained from the age of three by her father in meditation, Yoga and Hindu philosophy.
In later life she continued to teach Yoga & meditation, from a secluded 60 acre Yoga retreat in Kenthurst, with son Sanjay.
It was this week, 43 years ago (1969), when Australian television got its first taste of Yoga. The exotic Swami Sarasvati introduced this new and unusual method of ‘stretching’, as she performed her mind-bending postures. Swami comes from a long line of Yogis and was trained from the age of three by her father in meditation, Yoga and Hindu philosophy. She is still amazed how television allowed this accumulated wisdom to be shared with so many. The show was a great success and continued till the late 80s. Today, Swami and her son, Sanjay continue to share their family tradition of Yoga & meditation, from their secluded 60 acre Yoga retreat in Sydney. “It’s a way of life, it’s in our blood”.Come and join Swami in one of her traditional yoga classes, (timetable below), or stay for the weekend, week or more. You can learn some healthy Indian cooking, enjoy the spa, sauna, book an Ayurvedic massage and take a walk with Swami around the peaceful nature filled property. Yoga classes are held every Tuesday and Saturday 10:30am – 12pm & Tuesday evenings at 7:30pm.Each year, Swami and Sanjay run the Yoga teacher training course and take ‘off the beaten track’ Yoga/Ayurveda tours to India, Sri Lanka and Nepal.Swami Sarasvati Yoga & Health Retreat & Sarasvati Yoga Society of Australia183 Pit Town Rd, Kenthurst NSW 2156Phone: 02 9654 9029Web: www.swami.com.auEmail: email@example.comPlease ‘Like’ and ‘Share’ this post and help Swami to share her wealth of knowledge and experience to us all, as she loves to do so much 🙂
Posted by Swami's Yoga Retreat on Friday, July 26, 2013