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The Aussie Exercise Phenomenon That's Combined Dance And Yoga For 125 Years

Physical culture -- or Physie -- is celebrating its birthday by empowering positive body image.

07/06/2017 4:27 PM AEST | Updated 07/06/2017 4:32 PM AEST

Who knew? A fitness activity that has been helping Australians with everything from balance and coordination, to social skills, has turned 125 years old.

'Physie', formally known as Physical Culture, is celebrating its milestone this year by promoting and empowering positive body image.

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What is Physie?

Originally a form of exercise designed to encourage health and posture, Physie is a unique form of fitness that combines sport and dance in a yoga-inspired activity.

The Bjelke-Petersen School of Physical Culture (BJP) was founded in 1892 and focused on correcting health and posture in men and children.

Today, women aged three to 73 take part in choreographed activities promoting team work.

Managing Director of Physical Culture, Jackie Rawlings says Physie aims to empower women and girls through a fusion of sport and dance.

"We prioritise the development of self-esteem in our students. We teach them to have a positive relationship with their bodies and help students blossom with confidence and self-assurance," she said.

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Physie activity was performed during the opening ceremony of the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games.

A celebratory event will take place at Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney on June 24 featuring more than 2,000 female performers.

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