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Avoca Virtual Yoga Event for World Mental Health Day

Oct 02, 2020

To mark World Mental Health Day on Saturday 10th October, Avoca will be holding a virtual yoga event in partnership with this year's charity partner Walk in my Shoes, the flagship mental health awareness campaign from St. Patrick’s mental health services.

The campaign was first established in 2012 when a young man in St Patrick's said "he wished his friends could walk in his shoes to understand how he was feeling.” Since then, thousands from across Ireland have become involved with the Walk in My Shoes campaign, and have been at the forefront of starting a very important conversation about mental health. Walk in My Shoes promotes positive mental health, to tackle mental health stigma and change how people, particularly young people, think about mental health. If you'd like to learn more about our charity partnership, click here.

Taking place from 11am - 12 noon over Instagram live, this yoga event will be hosted by the wonderful Rachel Lenny of @earthandpurposeyoga and will be open for anyone to join. Rachel has been an integral part of the Avoca marketing team since 2018, and has been a qualified yoga teacher for 3 years. With a practice centred around mindfulness and mental wellbeing, she is a perfect fit to host this event for such a worthy cause. The class will be a vinyasa flow practice accessible for all levels, and will offer a welcome opportunity to breathe, stretch and connect within. 

We hope you will join us over Instagram live on the 10th at 11am to take part!

Additionally, we are making sure we look after our mental health in the workplace, too. At Avoca, we are taking part in the 'Take 15' campaign, which encourages us all to take 15 minutes away from phone calls, computer screens and desks for 15 minutes to alleviate stress and take a breath. Another tool in our workplace wellbeing toolkit is mindful eating, which involves taking time away from our desks to mindfully enjoy a tasty, nutritious meal. An everyday practice rooted in mindfulness, it is a simple but effective tactic for self-care. We also do our best to make sure we have a supportive community around us, and encourage colleagues and friends to share worries or problems.

This year more than ever, it is vitally important to take care of our mental health, and we are proud to work this wonderful cause.