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Camera IconGeraldton residents proved you’re never too young, or old, to enjoy yoga, with more than 100 people turning out on Sunday to celebrate International Yoga Day.The Geraldton Yoga Club, with the Art of Living Foundation, Midwest Orthopaedics and the Mid West Indian Cultural Society, hosted the free three-hour event at the Queen Elizabeth II Centre, with special guest WA Indian Consulate General Rajesh Bhati travelling from Perth to attend.Chilli Farms Curry Shop restaurateurs also travelled from Perth to cater the event, with free vegetarian Indian meals for all attendees. A ceremonial oil lamp was lit at the opening of the day, with the five wicks representing a different group which brought the day together, including the participants. The event attracted people with a range of yoga experience, including Maylis Perret, who had never practised yoga before.She said the programme being free motivated her to get out of her comfort zone give yoga a go, and she was excited to do it again. The youngest participant was nine-year-old Ilahi Gill, who was one of the lucky winners of the event’s giveaway, receiving a yoga mat. The schedule had four sessions of different yoga types and a meditation session interspersed, with breaks for attendees to browse a range of local wellness business stalls. Credit: Supplied/Chantal Bachere Crinquand leads the yoga session.

International Yoga Day draws young and old in Geraldton

Elise Van AkenGeraldton Guardian
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Hari Kumar Kurupath Sathyanath, of the Mid West Indian Cultural Society, Geraldton Yoga Club president Chantal Bachere Crinquand, and WA Indian Consulate General Rajesh Bhati. Picture: Geraldton Guardian/Elise Van Aken

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Joy Burns, Dr Aman Singh and Baz Abdul Rahman from Midwest Orthapaedics. Picture: Geraldton Guardian/Elise Van Aken

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Lisa Duncombe, Amber Jackson and Julie Myers from the Geraldton Yoga Club. Picture: Geraldton Guardian/Elise Van Aken

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The team from Perth-based Chilli Farms Curry Shop serve food. Picture: Geraldton Guardian/Elise Van Aken

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International Yoga Day participant Ilahi Gill, 9. Picture: Geraldton Guardian/Elise Van Aken

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Maylis Perret and Cindy Zhou. Picture: Geraldton Guardian/Elise Van Aken