Yoga ses­sion to help youth men­tal health

Maroochy Weekly - - LIFE | COMMUNITY -

A PART­NER­SHIP be­tween two Coast groups is help­ing young peo­ple deal with the pres­sures of like.

After strug­gling with his own demons in re­la­tion to men­tal health, Nathan L’Es­trange de­cided he wanted to spread pos­i­tiv­ity and good­will to other res­i­dents liv­ing on the Sun­shine Coast.

From this he cre­ated The Kind­ness Col­lec­tive.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion is a group of in­di­vid­u­als who share their skills and pas­sions to try and im­prove the health and well-be­ing of oth­ers, while bring­ing peo­ple to­gether through free events, classes, and work­shops.

“The beau­ti­ful thing is the name, it draws a re­ally beau­ti­ful group of peo­ple who are very ac­cept­ing,” he said.

“It has be­come a com­mu­nity built on kind­ness.”

With the sup­port of Headspace Ma­roochy­dore, the group runs free weekly yoga ses­sions at Nel­son Park, Alexan­dra Head­land.

Headspace is a na­tional youth men­tal health foun­da­tion that pro­vides early in­ter­ven­tion men­tal health ser­vices to 12-25 year olds, along with as­sis­tance in pro­mot­ing young peo­ples’ well­be­ing through ini­tia­tives like the free yoga ses­sions.

As a qual­i­fied yoga in­struc­tor, Mr L’Es­trange said he loved to spread the ther­a­peu­tic ben­e­fits of the prac­tice.

“I give what I can and what I know is yoga, so I share it with oth­ers,” he said.

“We all have a de­sire to con­trib­ute in some way.

“It’s a mind­ful ex­er­cise where peo­ple can get out of their head and con­nect with them­selves and with other peo­ple in the group.”

As part of the col­lec­tive, Mr L’Es­trange runs a se­ries of other events at dif­fer­ent des­ti­na­tions through­out the Sun­shine Coast.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the yoga ses­sions, search The Kind­ness Col­lec­tive on Face­book.

For more in­for­ma­tion about Headspace, visit headspace.org.au.

If you, or some­one you know, needs help call Life­Line 13 11 14.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

FREE YOGA: The Kind­ness Col­lec­tive is run­ning free yoga ses­sions.

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