Yoga flow for the bros in Movem­ber

The Dominion Post - - Capitalday - RUBY MACANDREW

A chance to chew the fat while hav­ing a good stretch is at the heart of a Welling­ton-led cam­paign de­signed to get men talk­ing about men­tal health.

Men of all ages and fit­ness lev­els are be­ing en­cour­aged to take to their yoga mats this week­end as part of a na­tion­wide chal­lenge, is­sued by Power Liv­ing co-owner Jase Te Patu, in sup­port of Movem­ber.

Te Patu, who will teach the Welling­ton class, says he’s look­ing for­ward to shar­ing some tools with those par­tic­i­pat­ing that may help them find peace in their lives.

‘‘[It’s about] steer­ing them clear of the men­tal stress and pres­sure of their ev­ery­day worlds and let­ting them see the im­por­tance of health and well­be­ing - body, mind and soul.’’

The stu­dio ran a sim­i­lar yo­gabased event last year, which at­tracted about 70 men. It was the strong up­take that in­spired Te Patu and co-owner Jus­tine Hamill to do it again.

‘‘We de­cided to re­ally fo­cus in on men’s men­tal health this time around be­cause of­ten they are missed and don’t speak up as much as the ladies,’’ Hamill says.

In ad­di­tion to of­fer­ing goodie bags and more spa­ces, the event will also fea­ture a hand­ful of guest speak­ers in­clud­ing Joe Harawira from Flo Cloth­ing and New Zealand Rugby.

‘‘It’s just a chance to hear from other men about their own sto­ries and what they’re do­ing in the men­tal health arena,’’ Hamill says.

Harawira has been in­volved with the stu­dio for just over a year thanks to his so­cial enterprise – cloth­ing brand Flo Cloth­ing – where ev­ery T-shirt pur­chased pro­vides a healthy lunch de­liv­ered in school to a child in need.

‘‘It’s about a com­mu­nity of peo­ple that have a shared pur­pose to not only be­come the bet­ter ver­sions of them­selves but also give back to the com­mu­nity.

‘‘At the end of the day, if we want to do our best to help oth­ers then we have to look af­ter our­selves and part of that is tak­ing part in yoga, prac­tis­ing mind­ful­ness and grat­i­tude.’’

This year marks the first time the call has gone out to yoga stu­dios beyond Welling­ton to get in­volved and hold their own week­end events.

So far, a to­tal of 10 stu­dios in Welling­ton, Whangarei, Auck­land, New Ply­mouth and Christchurch have com­mit­ted to run­ning sim­i­lar classes for Movem­ber.

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Jus­tine Hamill from Power Liv­ing Welling­ton is help­ing run a men’s yoga class, fea­tur­ing guest speaker Joe Harawira, this week­end.

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