I posted a few weeks ago about 1000 Men 1000 Mats – an incredible series of yoga fundraising events taking place this month. Hosted by the self-proclaimed Wellness Warrior, Caleb Jude Packham, live-streamed men’s yoga events are taking place on five consecutive Sundays in November. The series culminating in the world’s largest men’s yoga event ever on 29 November, and in the process raising £1000’s for Movember and its global fundraising campaign for men’s health.
We’re now three weeks into the series, and if you’ve not joined Caleb yet, you are most definitely missing out. He introduces the sessions each week as yoga like you’ve never seen it taught before. Even as a seasoned yogi, I can vouch for that. It’s a cliche, but the journey he takes you on from the comfort of your own home feels very special. Even seeing thumbnails on Zoom of male yogis from around the world makes you realise that it is no ordinary experience to see so many men doing yoga.
The yoga is dynamic, creative, challenging and taught in a way that’s pitched perfectly whether you’re a yoga newbie or an old timer like me! Caleb incorporates breathing exercises to fire things up from deep within, while also learning how to use the simplicity of the breath to support muscle release, create space, and help focus – all important when we often face so many distractions in our lives.
The production from Sova Audio is also next level to your standard online yoga classes. The setting, lighting, cameras and music bring all the great things about a yoga studio into your own home. The icing on the cake is that at the end of each week’s class Caleb draws a lucky guy’s name out of the hat to win a Lululemon virtual shopping experience with a £100 gift voucher to spend on yoga gear.
It’s great to be a part of this movement to encourage more men onto the mat. More importantly, the regular guys that join Caleb for this unique series are taking time out to prioritise their own physical and mental health during these unprecedented times.
You may be thinking, well why does this matter to me? In this day and age men’s health is in crisis. Without putting a gloss on it, men die on average six years younger than women – and get this – largely for preventable reasons. Lifestyle choices, late diagnoses of illnesses, or simply not talking with friends or family about how we feel all contribute towards a situation that is only going to get worse unless we act. What better way to do this than by joining Caleb and supporting Movember.
Caleb has generously offered me a discount code for the final two classes in the series. Use SHIVASHAKTI to purchase the final two classes for £10 (a £10 saving on the regular price). Fab!