HEIDI de Villiers has been in WA for only five months yet has cemented herself in the health and wellbeing industry.
The energetic 69-year-old will be presenting a mindfulness session, incorporating breathing and gentle movements, at the City of Rockingham Expo for Seniors.
Ms de Villiers is from South Africa and was granted a permanent parent visa to live near her daughter Karin, who works in Rockingham.
“Relocating to another country is certainly a major upheaval, but if something doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you,” she said.
“Starting afresh in another country presents challenges, as one’s whole context has to be re-established.
“Since my arrival I have made a conscious effort to become involved and integrated in the local community.
“I joined a walking group and attend various classes.”
Ms de Villiers approached Ac-cent in Mandurah and now teaches yoga once a week at Hearts gym and will be doing a wellness session for teachers at schools.
Ms de Villiers said yoga had helped her keep physically strong, balanced and flexible.
“Yoga helps me to have the inner strength to face problems, fears and adversities with courage,” she said.
“Yoga helps me to have mental flexibility by accepting other viewpoints and the belief systems of others.
“It helps me to have inner balance or harmony, which brings peace.”
WHAT: City of Rockingham Seniors Expo
WHEN: Friday, October 7 from 10am to 2pm
WHERE: Mike Barnett Sports Complex, corner of Dixon Road and Goddard Street, Rockingham.
DETAILS: call 9528 0333 or email firstname.lastname@example.org