Bette Calman

Bette Calman started her yoga practice in 1953 with her Traditional hatha teacher Michael Volin.

This is a wonderful interview with Bette, it will warm the hearts of many.

Born in 1926 Bette Calman is a certain testament to the health and wellbeing benefits of yoga. She gives credit to yoga and a diet of plant based food for a full and healthy life as she celebrates her 85 th year. Bette has extended her wisdom to students for over 50 years. She is the author of  3 yoga books and has done radio interviews and television appearances. For 24 years every Friday she presented yoga on “A Touch of Elegance”. You can now see her on Youtube.

“There will always be a place for yoga” Bette Calman


Here is the Podcast! 

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I hope you enjoy Bette’s fascinating tale of yoga from the 1950′s to the now.

Show Notes

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Otherwise please enjoy the show notes below.

Episode # 003 Bette Calman (Shivani)

Website Link:

Books: What yoga Can Do For You, Yoga for Arthritis, Yoga for Weight Control. Written by Bette Calman and Joan Brodie.


Sir Paul Dukes (1889-1967)

Michael Volin (1915 -

Nancy Phelan (1913 –  2008)

Key Points:

Still teaching at 85 years. During 2010 Bette was still teaching up to 11 classes.

As well as teaching yoga, Bette worked with her husband Bruce running hotels in Sydney and Adelaide.

A guinnea a yoga lesson in the 1950’s – One guinea was 21 shillings – that’s one pound and one shilling.

Vegetarian for about 40 years.

Roma Blair (Swami Nirmalananda Saraswati)

Michael Volin, a yogi and yoga teacher and poet, who was one of the spreading yoga in Australia from the 1950s. He came to Australia from China in 1949 and is said to have set up the first yoga school in Sydney (at the Federated Iron Workers Building in George Street,) before moving to Adelaide and setting up the Michael Volin Yoga School. He eventually settled and taught yoga in America. He wrote several books on yoga and many of these are in the Saraswati Library at the Rocklyn and Mangrove Satyananda Yoga ashrams. Source: Swami Jyotimitra Saraswati

24 years on SAS10 Adelaide Touch of Elegance every Friday teaching yoga. Old tapes still available

Bette and her husband Bruce Calman were married for 58 years

Guinness book of records for being the oldest teacher in the location.

Bette Wrote articles for Sun Herald evening paper in SA for 14 years.

Q: “Bette Who do you want to hear on YTP?”

A: Roma Bair who was a well know teacher in Sydney, she now in Queensland. Roma wrote articles for the Dailey Telegraph and wrote the book From Prison to Paradise. Roma is now 89 Years old.

Swami Sarasvati – Rejuvination Resort, Kenthurst NSW

Margaret Scgesman MBN Based –George Coughlan was in business partnership with her and was with her when she passed. Margaret started the Geeta Yoga school at 100 Collins st Melbourne.- she laid a pebble path so you had to walk really slowly to get the last steps into class.


Music by the band 20 Riverside track: Good Medicine from

Thank you for listening.

Let us know if you would like to read the book that Bette’s spoke about in her interview ” What Yoga Has Done For Me” – A life of Yoga

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