Commendation – Victorian Community History Awards 2020
The Gita School of Yoga, now Gita World, has seen three significant phases in its 65-year history. Founded by Margrit Segesman in 1954, in 1960 the Gita School of Yoga was the first full-time permanent yoga school in Melbourne. During the second wave of feminism in the 1970s, yoga offered women both a healthy regime and a viable career path. When Margrit retired in 1983, Gita was transferred to Lucille Wood and Di Lucas, beginning the second phase of the school’s history. Their plans for a yoga school in the modern age were embraced by the increasing number of enthusiastic students. In their first decade as leaders of the school, they introduced teacher training courses, a teachers’ guild, a charitable foundation and turned the idea of yoga tours on its head when they began tours to explore the roots of yoga in Egypt. Now in its third phase, Gita retains its flagship teacher training course while embracing the digital world offering classes, courses and meditations across the airwaves. Gita: Melbourne’s First Yoga School – 65 years of history provides the context to the development of yoga in Australia since 1950. It demonstrates that the yoga scene in Australia would not be what it is today without Gita, Melbourne’s first yoga school.
130 pp, softcover, bibliography and index.
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