Sudbury Learning Centre bids fond farewell to yoga teacher Hazel Fisher after 24 years of service
A long-serving yoga teacher has bid farewell to a Sudbury-based learning centre, after sharing her knowledge with hundreds of students over the past 24 years.
West Suffolk College staged a leaving party on Monday afternoon, to give a big send-off to 83-year-old Hazel Fisher, who taught classes at the educational facility in Cornard Road since 1995.
“I will miss it,” she said. “I have severe arthritis and yoga has always helped me. We have laughed over the years – some of the positions we go in or fall out of, we have needed a sense of humour along the way.
“I’ve loved teaching for the college. My preference has always been teaching for West Suffolk College.
“They have always been so supportive and I would recommend working at the college to anyone. They really do take good care of you.”
A resident of Sudbury, Hazel is now using her yoga expertise to teach otago – a programme of muscle strengthening and balance exercises – at the Kingfisher Leisure Centre, aimed at supporting those who have been affected by strokes and multiple sclerosis.
Gill Corke, manager of the West Suffolk College Sudbury Learning Centre, said: “Hazel is an inspiration to us all – and what an advert for yoga she is.
“Hazel is an absolute diamond and I wish her a happy and healthy retirement.
“We worked out that Hazel has taught at least 3,500 hours of yoga to our students – what an achievement.”
A number of Hazel’s students also provided testimonials to her teaching, which specialised in helping people with arthritis.
Gwen Clephane, 69, of Long Melford, said: “Hazel has been my yoga teacher since my son was born 25 years ago.
“She is an amazing teacher and has always made the classes such fun. For me, Hazel’s classes have always been great for both mental and physical purposes.”
Kirsten Robins, 72, also from Long Melford, said: “I’m so sad that Hazel is retiring. She is amazing and has kept me mobile. Without Hazel’s classes, I would never have been as active as I am. I would have probably been housebound.”