Green Exercise Feel Good program – Green Yoga | Melbourne
December 2 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pmFree
First responders, join us to get moving in the great outdoors and feel good! Exercising is known to be of significant benefit to our physical and mental fitness. Being active outdoors in ‘green’/ natural environments has been shown to have an even greater impact on improving mental health and mental wellbeing. This 8 week ‘Green Exercise Feel Good’ program has been designed to improve both physical and mental fitness. The benefits of this program are best gained when attendees can commit to at least 4 weeks out of the 8 week program. However, as we understand the challenges of first responder rosters and unpredictable working commitments, there will be places kept free each week for participants to register for the green exercise activities that they are interested in and are available for, even if they are unable to commit to the entire program.
The 8 activities that will be included in the program are detailed below:
28 October: Beach Walk – Beach Side CBD
4 November: Trail bike riding through urban parklands – Inner North Melbourne
11 November: Learn to surf class – North West Metro Melbourne
18 November: Horseback trail ride – Regional, 1 hr North of CBD
25 November: Bush walk – TBC
2 December: Green Yoga – North East Melbourne
9 December: Forest therapy walk – East of Melbourne
16 December: Stand up paddle boarding (weather permitting) – Beach side CBD
This weeks yoga class is part of the 8 week ‘Green Exercise Feel Good’ program and has been designed to improve both physical and mental health and fitness.
The restorative slow flow yoga class will begin at 10am and is expected to go for approximately 75 minutes, 15 minutes of which will be breathing and resting. Participants will enjoy doing a yoga class in a public urban parkland environment on grass and shaded by large old trees. This yoga class will include beginner level poses and is designed to include slow transitions between one to pose to another and be easy, flowing and restorative. The class will include breathing techniques and end with lying down and looking up at the trees and sky. The yoga teacher will watch and support participants whilst teaching the class by modifying poses or offering alternative poses to ensure participants can enjoy the yoga class without feeling uncomfortable.
Participants with any physical concerns or injuries should get in touch with the Fortem CEC before participating in the class or discuss with the yoga teacher beforehand on the day, so modifications can be embedded into the design of the class.
WHAT TO BRING
- Yoga mats x 2 if possible
- Thick beach towel
- yoga strap (optional)
This free wellbeing activity is for first responder families (check out Who We Serve here). Register individually, or with up to one other adult (your partner, family member or someone from your inner circle). Encourage a first responder colleague to register too.
Fortem is an official partner of The Royal Melbourne Hospital’s 5 Ways to Wellbeing – connect, be active, keep learning, be mindful, and help others. These strategies are integrated into all our activities, events, and programs to highlight the benefits of incorporating simple lifestyle changes to your day to day.