Vankleek Hill’s ageless wonder Hannah Hamsa made a recent appearance on CTV Ottawa’s noon newscast, demonstrating yoga, exercise and breathing techniques.

Host Leanne Cusack welcomed the 83-year-old local yoga instructor to her daily program ‘The News at Noon’ on Thursday, September 9. The six-minute clip saw Hannah – who is known locally by her first name only – explain the importance of exercise for seniors, along with simple yoga techniques.

The energetic senior had Cusack and viewers chuckling as she veered off script from what host Cusack introduced as a demonstration of simple yoga positions for beginners at home. Rather than start her demonstration, Hannah spoke of the importance of proper breathing.

“My teacher would say you save your mouth for kissing and eating,” Hannah quipped, as she urged viewers to breathe through their noses.

Well-known locally as a fitness buff, Hannah discussed her exercise techniques, proper posture and using light weights to build strength and endurance.

“At any age you can build muscles in the body,” Hannah explained, as she flexed her right arm to show viewers a bicep built up by regular exercise.

The full-length clip of Hannah’s appearance on CTV Ottawa’s ‘The News at Noon’ can be viewed on the CJOH-TV website.

Her appearance on Cusack’s program had been planned for more than a year, said Hannah, who is a personal friend of the CJOH host.. However due to the COVID pandemic it was postponed until Cusack recently reached out.

Hannah remains unbelievably active at 83 years of age, still teaching four yoga classes each week – two at fitness studio Zudio and two others at the Anglican Parish in Vankleek Hill. Many students have been attending her classes for decades and even new students usually know her.

“I just started a new class last Monday that had 17 people and I knew 15 of them,” says Hannah, who particularly loves welcoming those new to her teaching methods. “I love to see somebody new walk though the door, because I know that something in them is going to change.”

Still going strong at 83, Hannah Hamsa was one of the original O’Keefe Majorettes for the Ottawa Roughriders.

Back in the 1960s, Hannah was one of the original members of the Roughrider ‘O’Keefettes’, a baton twirling …….


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