Yoga flow for the bros in Movember
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.
❚ Anyone interested in attending the koha event on November 18 can register at powerliving.com.au.
Justine Hamill from Power Living Wellington is helping run a men’s yoga class, featuring guest speaker Joe Harawira, this weekend.