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The Male Challenge - Building a Sustainable Masculinity

Encouraging males to evolve consciously by embracing Healthy Masculinities

Hello, I’m Pip Cornall, welcome to the Male Challenge which aims to encourage the community to help boys grow into good men, make that exceptional men.

Many gender scholars (including me) believe the sustainability of the world depends on the creation of a critical mass of ‘conscious males.’

The old male narrative (macho or or social norm toxic) that underpins or informs certain male behaviours is a suicidal narrative. Such beliefs are seen as a dominator not partnership model. The dominator model is not a good mix with modern technology and weaponry.

The safety and longevity of women, children, other men and ‘mother nature’ requires conscious caring men. Conversely; there is much suffering when men don’t have these qualities. We can, and we must help our boys and young men to grow into fantastic men – they are our future – the planet’s future!

HOW: One way to produce more good men is to examine or explore the negative aspects of our gender programming. (its not all bad) Having Identified healthy social programming we can choose to manage or discard unhealthy programming.

This takes awareness and consciousness. For example; the masculine prison.

I’ve worked with young men in a juvenile prison in Oregon and Juvenile Justice Courts in Australia. Before they were sentenced, these men were already in prison.

THEIR PRISONS: The mental/social prison of ‘false masculinity,’ (the old male narrative/’story’) sets them up as macho boys or men – often leading to criminality – followed by time in a juvenile prison. Both prisons have walls. The first walls are mental, emotional & social – the others are physical walls of concrete and razor wire.

As we attempt to help boys grow into good men we need to show them how to ‘get out of jail free’ – how to gain their release from the prison of ‘false masculinity.’

This false masculinity is an old fashioned meme; totally inappropriate for the times we live in. It is as irrational as many other old superstitions; like ‘flat earth thinking.’

As men, as humans, we have a choice. Evolve (randomly/haphazardly) or Evolve Consciously. As ‘good’ men we need to change how some males treat women who are 50% of the global population. Not to mention by abusing women we abuse the place of our birth; where we all came from; where we were sheltered for 9 months. We need to honour and respect this place – a woman’s body.

Consistent with my goals to promote healthier forms of masculinity I’ve published two eBooks filled with videos, websites and resource packages.

These are designed for adults who want to help boys become fantastic men as well as for men and women who want to expore the social programming that boys and men are exposed to. (the good and the bad)

These low cost tools can be spread virally through the internet for a massive social impact. Click here for video of the Books…

By fantastic men – I mean men who are emotionally and psychologically well-adjusted – men who promote integrity, kindness, intelligence and courage to do the ‘right thing’ at the ‘right time, for the right reasons.’

Male Challenge (MC) now operates under the Grace Gawler Institute – a health promotion charity where I am a director. Proceeds from sales will go to the charity to build the outreach and effectiveness of MC and the other health promotion goals of the organisation.

In helping boys become emotionally competent men, this in turn reduces liklihood of health issues and illnesses men may develop. Be sure to see the men’s health and prostate cancer page.

To order your eBook and support our not-for-profit health promotion charity please see below.

Order eBooks

1. Sustainable Masculinity

A Toolkit for Men, Women and Grandparents
Helping Boys Grow into Fantastic Men

This eBook contains videos and animations and an wonderful resource catalog with web links and more videos featuring some of the world leaders in gender study and violence prevention. These videos are suitable for adults to explore as teaching tools with young males.

This great eBook can be downloaded online for only $5.00 Please spread the word. In the digital age viral promotion through your email contacts can become a force which can reduce male violence and help boys become great men – your assistance enable large scale social change

My dream is that all boys can become men who are connected to the ‘global village concept.’
Boyish self-centredness can then mature into global centredness, where boys become men who prioritize the protection of all life on this planet – men, women, children, all races, all plants, all animals, the bio-sphere and eco-systems.
To order your eBook please click here
you’ll be directed to my secure male challenge media shop

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2. Kicking a Goal for Masculinity

A Toolkit for Coaches, Teachers, Mentors, Parents/Grandparents for Helping Boys who love sport Grow into Fantastic Men…

This eBook has a sporting focus and encourages sporting communities to use sport as a platform not just for winning but for teaching character qualities that help boys become the men our communities are demanding.. The book is rich with great sporting stories, videos and animations and wonderful resources featuring men who are great mentors and role models for young males

To order your eBook please click here

you’ll be directed to my secure male challenge media shop

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My interest in male health covers the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects.

My new role as a director of a cancer solutions charity finds me as a leader of a program called Prostate Mates

My interest in therapeutic stretching and yoga has a place withing the Prostate Mates program along with emotional/psychological support and of course bringing in the spiritual dimension.

Following is some information about G’day Yoga – a series of simple 5 minute yoga routines. I designed this format for clients on wilderness rafting trips in Oregon many of whom were in their advanced years. The form has also been most suitable for cancer patients I work with.

Designed for the older western body – no pretzel poses!
Comprising easy yoga practices for 40 – 80 year olds
How does it work?

Short & gentle workshops (3-4 hrs) for men & women.
You learn a series of 5 minute yoga practices.
These are combined with breath exercises that you can do at home – 5 minutes!
The workshop also consists of motivational theory & practice – all very easy!

Contact me for private yoga therapy sessions to help people recover from, or manage illness and injury – or just to help you establish your daily practice.

Graceful Aging:

As we age it becomes more important to engage in regular but gentle exercise.

Since yoga is low impact, it is ideal for people with injuries, various forms of chronic illness and normal wear and tear.

Don’t be put off by common YOGA MYTHS: E.G.

Myth – you need to be flexible to do yoga.

Fact – many people who are stiff, sore or have tight muscles find yoga greatly improves their flexibility.

Myth – Yoga best suits women only

Fact – The benefits for men (of all ages) are considerable.

Fact – Wives are the first to comment how yoga has helped their husbands to be calmer, more relaxed, more sensitive and, rather wonderfully, more active in bed. Goodbye Viagra!

Myth – You have to do 90 min classes to gain benefits from yoga

Fact – Short practices, done regularly (5-10 mins) of carefully designed yoga poses can be more effective.

Aussi Commonsense – Gday Yoga is brimming with good old Aussi common sense and playfulness. It matters little if you can turn your body inside out or look like a pretzel. Who cares?

What matters, of course is that one practices gently and regularly – improvement will come at all levels. Gentle yoga poses are an indication of where the body needs attention – where blockages and imbalances exist.

Since no two bodies are the same – GDay Yoga is designed for the individual!

Pip Cornall is an Australian Certified Yoga Teacher.

BENEFITS:

Apart from increased flexibility, strength, balance and calmness –

Did you know that yoga breathing can increase your aerobic capacity with similar benefits to jogging? – without the jarring!
When the poses are practiced with breath work (pranayama) -yoga can give the same kinds of aerobic benefits as normally gained from jogging, hiking or swimming.
Yoga Benefits…

Yoga relieves stress, calms the mind, increases concentration, helps to stretch, tone, refresh, relax and soothe the nerves, controls weight and reduces depression.
Yoga trains the heart and lungs to deliver increased oxygen to the muscles through a strong focus on the continuous flow of movement from one posture to another.
Yoga gives increased strength, flexibility, balance, endurance, energy and prevents many diseases. Yoga can benefit someone in a wheelchair, hospital bed or those recovering from illness.
Men, who tend to have bulkier muscles and stiffer spines than women, benefit greatly from increased flexibility and consequently sustain fewer injuries.
Because we move between poses with an inner focus and special breathing techniques yoga can be thought of as a “moving meditation” This results in strengthening and purifying the nervous system, particularly the spinal cord and nerve ganglia.
Yoga balances your endocrine system and exercises the internal organs, such as liver, spleen, intestines, heart, lungs, and brain.

Above all, Yoga enables, one to look and feel years younger.