Community Through the Lens of Sport and Movement
Good Sport x In Conversation: Manoj Dias & Tjimarri Sanderon-Milera.
Open, raw and real, Good Sport hosted a conversation between lululemon ambassadors Manoj Dias & Tjimarri Sanderon-Milera, sharing experiences and perspectives on community, movement and mindfulness.
Tjimarri (TJ) is a proud Aboriginal man, born and raised in Adelaide, from the Narangga and Kokatha language groups. TJ has been a 100m-400m track sprinter since his teens, creating opportunities to compete on the National Circuit and overseas for Australia. Throughout his springing career TJ encountered a multitude of pivotal experiences, good and bad, and is now channeling his learnings toward the new wave of young Aboriginal kids. As an ambassador for lululemon, TJ continues to empower and build community within this younger generation to help them achieve their dreams & striving to break the inequality of education for First Nation people.
Born and raised in the Theravadu Buddhist tradition, Manoj Dias is a speaker, coach and educator. Through mindfulness and meditation, Manoj has helped thousands of people around the world trade mania for pause, so that they may live fearlessly in honour of a happier and more meaningful life. Manoj is the founder of A-SPACE, Australia’s first multidisciplinary meditation studio and Australia’s first lululemon global yoga ambassador, a role he uses to champion more accessible and inclusive wellness experiences for the under privileged and marginalised.
TJ talks to his indigenous culture Manoj talks to his Sri Lankan roots.
“We are keeping our [Aboriginal] culture alive through songs, dance and art, this is really important to us. The stories in the art blows your mind; there’s always something to learn. The stories help us navigate this world, this is that wellbeing i guess.”
“Community, for me, is a sense of hope and leadership as well, there are times when you are receiving from a community - or giving.”
“I genuinely believe, at our core, we are all good people, and given the opportunity, given our ability to calm our mind, each of us would be receptive to helping and to giving. Meditation can really help us to calm our minds to the point that we can feel into our bodies and feel into our hearts”.
“Being part of a meditation community really saved my life at a point that I really needed it.”
Read the full conversation at: Good Sport