Newman got a visit this week from an ambassador promoting an Indigenous yoga program that aims to build self confidence and cultural awareness. Deadly Minds is an Aboriginal-designed and Aboriginal-led yoga program that focuses on the emotional and social well-being of Indigenous people. This year’s program will run from October 9 to 13 in the Pilbara, and program ambassador Heidi Mippy, who graduated from the program last year, was in Newman from July 24 to 28 explaining to the community and service providers what the initiative is about. Ms Mippy said that the Deadly Minds program is designed to make participants feel comfortable with themselves and enhance cultural awareness. “From a practical perspective, and as a younger woman, I talk about how we wear clothes that are comfortable and appropriate, that we don’t breach protocol, or make people feel uncomfortable in the way that we look or the way that we move,” she said. “I also tell people that the shapes we do, whether they’re individual shapes or partner shapes, are consent-based and that a large emphasis is placed on the connection to country and being on country. During her week in Newman, Ms Mippy conducted a chair yoga session for seniors and an educational class for children in Jigalong. She said the week was successful with the number of applicants now exceeding the number of spots in the program, which is ten. Ms Mippy said a lot of attention was being given to selecting the most appropriate people for the program, with applications open until August 31.