MO-ver and Out!

It only seems a mo since I was writing my Ready Set Mo blog at the start of Movember. When I first thought of doing Movember, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect.

Slo-mo not fly-mo

I had far too lofty ambitions on the top lip front, conjuring up images of a big bushy soup strainer that I would be picking crumbs out of all month. I would be lucky to find one crumb, and have often had people questioning whether I was in fact doing Movember or just slowly hibernating my top lip for winter.

Match made in heaven

Coupling up Movember with my Yoga For Men classes has just felt so right. To have raised over £300 through my Just Giving page for Movember has been nothing short of amazing. Family, friends, complete strangers have donated so generously and it’s honestly meant the world to me – every donation, large or small. There is of course still time to donate, so don’t be shy, my Just Giving is waiting for you…

It’s good to talk

it’s been the talks, however that have absolutely blown me away. I initially planned to donate 50% of profits to local charities delivering the talks each week. As soon as Suicide Prevention Bristol starting talking about their incredible work, I decided to donate 100% of profits each week to all of the charities – We Hear You, It’s in the bag and Bristol Mind included. I knew the donations would be put to good use and they deserved my full support.

I raised a whopping £400 for the charities over the four weekly classes. That included some very generous donations from my students. This just made me realise what a great group of yogis I have.

Each week, my guys welcomed the speakers with open arms, none more so than our first ever female student, Eleni from We Hear You. We were all completely absorbed by the talks, and the speakers loved having the opportunity to talk with a group of men, when they’re often so hard to reach for their services.

We have only just begun…

Most important of all, we got the opportunity to raise awareness and start a conversation on some serious men’s health issues. It’s absolutely bonkers that men die on average six years younger than women – largely for preventable reasons. My blogs include lots of information on suicide prevention, cancer support, testicular cancer and mental health. So please read, digest, share my blog posts with family, friends, colleagues, whoever. Someone may be suffering in silence trying to deal with an issue.

All it leaves me to say is thank you so much to the local charities that spared time to come join us in class. Mike, Shannon, Eleni, Richard, Isabel you are all legends and you are welcome to my class any time.

Until next year… MO-ver and out!