Frances Mossman has had notably successful careers in art and design, business, and teaching. Her diversity of experience sits comfortably with the wide scope of her learning and her eclectic tastes. She is a true original. Frances has completed the 200 hr. ISHTA Teacher Training, and is about to graduate from the 300 hr.
How has yoga changed you?
I used to joke, before I discovered yoga, that my body was just there to carry my brain around. Sadly, it was true. I lived completely in my head and was grateful for my strong constitution. In the end though, things started to get imbalanced and illness and injury occurred. It was through yoga that I came to understand the balance between mind and body-the essential relationship between the two-and this completely changed my attitude to my life. I gave up my very stressful corporate job and decided to retire early and focus on doing the things that I love.
How do you hope it will change you in the future?
I hope to just keep practising and to meditate every day. It is hard sometimes to break the habits of a lifetime, but I am making progress, day by day. I am trying to experience balance, that is all.
Has doing yoga given you any important insights about yourself?
Oh, yes. Quite amazing. It has really made me rethink a lot of the goals and expectations that I had based my life around. I have become more introspective but also more content. I take more time with myself and am less judgmental, I hope.
If you had started yoga at seventeen, would it have changed your life?
Oh my goodness!! If only I had. It is truly the only real regret I have in life. I would have been so much more capable of dealing with stress. I think it would have been transformative, and I can hardly bear to think about the difference it would have made to my life. But never say never; it is never too late. I started practicing yoga when I was 57 years old. I prefer to be grateful for having been introduced to yoga now.
If you could be a yoga pose, which one would you be?
Natarjasana. The Dancer.
It is so elegant and you feel that elegance, that balance, when you are in the pose. It is beautiful to look at, strong, and opens your heart.
What is your favourite thing to do after a satisfying session of yoga?
Walk in the park.
Do you have a favourite yoga quote or saying you would share with us?
With practice, all is coming.