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Yoga on the Hill, then and now

By Ian Waddell      

My core constituents in those days would have thought me crazy to be standing on my head in such company—even worse, getting my picture with the swami and PM Trudeau, who in those days was not liked in western Canada. Yoga itself was considered offbeat in the early 1980s.

Every Wednesday at noon in the summer months, hundreds gather on Parliament Hill for yoga. Back in Ian Waddell's days on the Hill, his staff advised against doing a headstand on the Hill. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
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When I was a young lawyer, my friend and filmmaker Iain Ewing, whom I had met in residence in Calvin House in Victoria College at the University of Toronto, took me, Gita his young wife, and my friend Michael Robinson to a yoga retreat in Nassau. We drove in an old truck from Toronto to Florida and then flew over to the Nassau ashram where Gita was to dance. This was in the 1970s and most westerners knew

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