Those that have followed me for a while now will know that I am a strong advocate for men prioritising their health & wellbeing. It’s the 1st birthday of my Yoga for Men classes in October. Alongside the bunting, balloons and birthday cake, I am honoured that so many men have put their faith in me as they start or continue their yoga journey.
We are cultivating a strong sense of community through the classes and they are evolving to encompass broader wellbeing-related themes. Through talking openly with my male yogis, including on retreat, I have learnt a lot about them over the past year. In particular their many reasons for joining me on the mat. It, therefore, feels right to put on something very special this November when men’s health is firmly in the spotlight.
Firstly, it’s Movember – the annual event to grow moustaches and raise awareness of men’s health issues. I will be supporting this year’s month-long event by growing a Mo for the first time in my life. Grooming and itchy skin issues aside, I am very much looking forward to having an old soup strainer above the top lip, collecting crumbs for late night snacks and hairy dog-like kisses all round. Now, Movember is a huge global movement, but of course, there’s amazing work going on locally to support Movember’s causes, namely prostate cancer. testicular cancer, suicide prevention and mental health.
For example. Clifton Suicide Prevention recently celebrated its first birthday. Their team of volunteers patrol Clifton, Bristol and locate people at risk, using crisis intervention skills to start a dialogue and to encourage more hopeful solutions than suicide. Over the past year, they having reduced suicide rates in known hot spots by an incredible 73%.
On this, I am excited to announce that as part of my Yoga for Men classes at Keynsham Baptist Church during November, I will be inviting local charities to deliver a short talk and Q & A at the end of each of my classes on Monday nights. The first to confirm is Clifton Suicide Prevention who will be delivering their talk on Monday, 4th November.
Throughout November, I will be donating 50% of all payments from the classes to the local charity delivering the talk at the end of each week’s class. My Yoga for Men classes are always special. I am in no doubt that these talks will be the icing on the cake. To allow time for the talk, my yoga classes will be slightly shorter, running from 7 – 7.45pm, with the talk and Q & A from the local charity starting shortly after the end of each class.
Full details on my classes can be found on my Yoga for Men page.
I have set up a fundraising page if you cannot attend the classes, but would like to show your support. to Movember Any donations, large or small, will be gratefully received.