IWA members do Zumba with Yoga during Seniors’ Week



The NSW Indian Welfare Association (IWA) founded over 15 years ago, celebrated Seniors’ Week in grand style with a “retirement expo” consisting of a variety of interesting items and fun activities on 22 March 2014 at the Ermington Community Centre. The event was funded by a NSW Seniors grant. The event included talks by professionals, a garland making session, Yoga session and a ”˜Zumba for Seniors’ dance session. A large number of senior community members attended the event and enthusiastically participated in all the activities. It was particularly great to watch grannies and granpas doing the Zumba dance and  having a lot of fun. Yoga was another relaxing session.

Mr. Narayanan Sampath, President of IWA welcomed the attendees and elaborated the importance of the Seniors’ week celebrations and IWA participation.

Carolyn Romeo, State wide Multicultural Access program officer for the Dept. of Health Ageing and Community Care, presented an interactive session on Positive ageing. Carolyn raised issues about staff shortages in the community work sector and the need for people to volunteer. Carolyn urged the audience to familiarise themselves with the Ageing strategies put in place by the NSW Government including the Local Councils and invited the members to visit the website hacc@eccnsw.org.au for more details.

Priya Iyer, an accredited practising dietician and nutritionist made a fabulous presentation on “Staying young for longer” with a smart choice of food habits and nutrition. Priya Iyer also gave useful tips such as the “foodswitch” phoneapp.

Mallika Ganesan presented the idea of forming walking groups in each suburb.  IWA will provide more information about walking groups in the next few weeks.

An interesting Yoga session was conducted by Mythily Sankar, a practising Yoga teacher from Aum Yoga Centre. Mythily Sankar stated that Yoga practice would help seniors lead a  healthy and less stressful life.

A garland making session by Santha Sampath, a senior member of IWA was very well received. Members of the audience were very keen to learn garland making and participated in the session enthusiastically. Santha Sampath is a volunteer member of the garland making group of 20 people over the age of 60, at Sri Venkateswara Temple, Helensburgh.

The highlight of the afternoon was a group ”˜Zumba for Seniors’ session conducted by Charmaine Rajan, a professional dance instructor with Latino Fever Dance School in Sydney. Charmaine Rajan impressed the audience with an interesting Zumba performance and highlighted the fitness objectives of such Zumba sessions specifically designed for the benefit of Seniors.

The IWA event concluded with a vote of thanks by Sujatha Jaishankar, Secretary, NSW IWA. For membership and participation in IWA activities, please contact Mr. Sampath Narayanan, President on 9893 7729 or Sujatha Jaishankar, Secretary on 9674 3554.





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