Learning to walk…

Dear Rose,

Okay so you know how old people shrink as they age? I’m not quite there yet but today I did something weird. I learnt to walk! Yes, I know, I thought I’d mastered it when I was one-and-a-bit but now my yoga teacher and dear friend Mel Parks is teaching me (and the rest of her yogis) to walk properly. Or as she would say how to walk with proper body alignment.


We look kind of like this but with better scenery!


So about 15 middle-aged ladies fronted up at 13W (aka The Dog Beach) to go for a walk today. Actually, not just a walk, a walk with optimal alignment.

We started with a mini lesson about how to sit optimally in your car (being in the carpark and all). Did you know car seats are designed for back ache? But if you put a rolled up towel (or you could buy an expensive fancy yoga prop) behind your back, it forces you to sit on your butt bones (my words) instead of forcing the weight into the poor little guy at the sacrum. Forgive me – I’m probably getting all my terminology wrong – but you know, you’re not supposed to ‘tail-bone tuck’ – it’s bad, leads to back pain and is against the yogi way.Bird

Back to the walk. We were supposed to push off on our heels and let our arms swing naturally. Don’t tuck your tummy in. There was probably other stuff but getting the arms swinging (naturally) was hard enough for me to master. We looked a bit like a pack of middle-aged Thunderbirds.

We also learnt how to negotiate stairs – swing your hips a little from side to side as you go down and walk up making sure your knee doesn’t go in front of your heel.

And now that I’m starting to master walking and stairs, guess what’s next? Monkey bars! Woohoo! Love this reliving the youth bizzo!


Mum xoxo


About Heather Gallagher

Heather lives in Ocean Grove with her beautiful family and a dog called Pip. She has a passion for quirky stories. Her first book, Ferret on the Loose, was published in 2013 and was recently listed on the Victorian Premier’s Reading Challenge. The book was inspired by a girl and her ferret, who Heather interviewed while working as a freelance journalist for The Sunday Age. Her column, Yak Attack, ran in the Kids View section for more than a year and allowed Heather to profile people she thought would be of interest to kids. In 2014, she released her first picture book Happy Pants – Why is mummy so sad? This is NOT a story about ferret racing. Rather, it is a heartfelt story about a boy grappling with his Mum’s post-natal depression. Heather’s stories for children have appeared in black dog books Short & Scary anthology and Explore and Challenge magazines. Heather has experience in public speaking – both for children and adults. While, promoting Happy Pants she spoke to groups of counsellors, nurses, parents and at library events. She has presented writing workshops to primary-aged children. Last year, she was a presenter at the Sacred Edge festival and the Christian Writers’ Conference.
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