The current cold spell causes us to be creative in finding ways to keep warm.  One way is to pop into the Daylesford Neighbourhood Centre at 13 Camp St., Daylesford where our friendly staff (Danny, Ethen and Linda) will share a nice warm cup of coffee or tea and a chat.

Another way is to enrol in one or more of our activity-based courses to get your circulation going:

Eight Silken Movements.  An easy-to-follow movement class based on elements of Chi Gong and Tai Chi.  Promoting balance, coordination, flexibility and inner calm.  Beneficial for all age groups.  No previous experience required.  Dress comfortably.  Pay per session.  Call Gudrun on 0490 053 521.  Starting 10 July.

Yoga.  Hatha yoga classes will enhance your wellbeing through the practice of asana (movement and postures), pranayama (breath practices and awareness) and relaxation.  Expect to feel stretched, strengthened, energised and calm.  All levels welcome, including beginners.  Classes: Tues 6pm or Sat 9am.  Starting 11 July.  BYO Yoga mat and blanket.  Contact Jan for all enquires and to book your spot.  0419121961.

Tai Chi.  Wu style Tai Chi, is a gentle and slow but exacting form of exercise, based on an ancient Chinese tradition.  It is suitable for all age groups and helps support flexibility, concentration, memory and balance as well as inner peace.  Some practice at home will be advisable.  Wear comfy clothes and soft soled shoes or slippers.  Classes are weekly and run for 60 mins. Starting 10 July.  No previous experience required.  Call Gudrun on 0490 053 521.

Stretch Therapy.  Stretch Therapy classes with local Myotherapist, John Ielo, are popular.  Based on elements of sports science, physical therapies, martial arts and yoga.  Stretch Therapy is a system used around the world to find ease in movements.  Classes are suitable for all levels of fitness. Starting 13 July.  Wear comfortable clothing.  Call John on 0438 781 137.

Or for the even more active, get involved with sports at the Daylesford Arts and Recreation Centre (the ARC).  For Daylesford Tang Soo Tao Martial Arts call Damian Smith  0428 994 859;  For Volley Ball call Colin Priest  0447 487 674;  For Squash Bookings call DNC  5348 3569.  If you would like to book some time at the ARC for your own sporting group, call us on  5348 3569

And after all that exercise, warm up with a laugh:

DNC Joke of the Week

An older, tired-looking dog wandered into my yard.  I could tell from his collar and well-fed belly that he had a home and was well taken care of.

He calmly came over to me, I gave him a few pats on his head.  He then followed me into my house, slowly walked down the hall, curled up in the corner and fell asleep.

An hour later, he went to the door, and I let him out.

The next day he was back, greeted me in my yard, walked inside and resumed his spot in the hall and again slept for about an hour.

This continued off and on for several weeks.

Curious, I pinned a note to his collar:  ‘I would like to find out who the owner of this wonderful sweet dog is and ask if you are aware that almost every afternoon your dog comes to my house for a nap.’

The next day he arrived for his nap, with a different note pinned to his collar:

‘He lives in a home with 6 children, 2 under the age of 3 – he’s trying to catch up on his sleep.  Please, may I come with him tomorrow?’


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