Yoga instructor, mum to six kids, dad, dad to eight: ‘I can’t believe we have such a busy life’
An experienced yoga instructor and mum have been given a break from their busy lives to teach their children.
Tina Dutton and her husband Mark, both in their 60s, are both part of the ‘Tina and Mark’ group of yoga instructors who teach children and adults from all over the world.
Their six-month yoga class at the New York-based organisation, which they have organised for six years, is their third in four years.
‘We were working in the middle of a winter when the temperatures in New York dropped below freezing,’ Tina told The Mail on Sunday.
She said she and Mark were travelling across the United States and Canada, and were spending time with their daughter and son-in-law.
When Tina’s husband Mark retired from teaching yoga, they decided to try teaching again.
In her second year, Tina started working with students in New Jersey, where she is based, and has now travelled to Australia, Europe, the United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates.
The couple said they were not sure if the group would continue in the future, and added: ‘We love doing it so much, but we’re just going to have to see what happens.’
Tinas parents are also yoga teachers themselves, but the couple have not had a child yet.
Mark said: ‘It’s amazing how much she has taken up yoga, and how much fun it has been.’
We’re very excited that we can share it with her.’
Tina’s been teaching for two years and she’s really into it.”
Tinas husband is into yoga too, but has not had children yet.’
In their fifth year, they hope to add a child to the group.
But Tina’s not letting her husband down, even if it means taking on a new role in the organisation.
This is not the first time Tina has gone solo.
Her husband Mark had a successful career in teaching yoga in the 1980s and 90s, but his marriage fell apart in 2006.
He said:’I’m not going to let this be a way of life for me.
I have no kids, I have never had a family and we’ve always been together, so it was really important for me to get out of the business.’
The other day I was doing yoga at home with my daughter and she was doing some things, but it’s not going anywhere.
We’re doing it with a group of other people and we’re going to keep doing it for as long as it takes.’
I have been doing it all my life, so I don’t think it’s time to get older and have children.’
Mark added:’We all have our own ways of life.
But I’m going to enjoy it for a while longer.’
‘I don’t want to be a burden to my children, so we’re all really enjoying it.
My daughter likes the flexibility.
We’ve just been in New Zealand, and we had a few days here, so she’s enjoying it.’
But what if the organisation does not take off?
Tinas husband said: ”We don’t know.
But we’ll do whatever we can to help.”