Caleb Jude Packham is The Wellness Warrior
In his own words, his purpose in life is, ‘to inspire and guide people towards living a happy, healthy and prosperous life’.
With bags of life experience to inform him in his mission, this modern-day renaissance man is a former actor, VJ, philanthropist, activist and writer. He began his acting career in Australia, where he worked in theatre and TV, becoming a high-profile presenter for MTV Australia. He has been based in the UK since 2005.
Like many who find yoga, Caleb discovered the ancient practice following an injury, in 2014. It took just one class with Leila Sadeghee for him to know that yoga was to become a whole lot more than simply rehab for his foot. Following his recovery, he travelled to India to train as a Sattva Yoga Master, qualifying under world-renowned Yoga Master, Anand Mehrotra, at the Sattva Academy in Rishikesh.
Sattva (pronounced Satt*wa) is more than just a physical practice; it is a union of many different yogic paths. Asana, pranayama, kriya, meditation, mantra and free movement unite to create a transcendental experience known as a Sattva Yoga Journey.
Wellness that is being allowed and wellness that is being denied is all about your mindset.
Caleb Jude Packham
Caleb now makes it his mission, as a yogi, to uplift people – and not just stereotypical yoga class attendees. Committed to making yoga more accessible to those who wouldn’t normally feel comfortable stepping into a yoga studio, he chooses to teach in unconventional spaces. You can find him sharing his practice across London, in venues like Steel Yard Nightclub, Paddington’s Floating Pocket Park and the View From The Shard.
Successfully leading the charge in the men’s yoga revolution, Caleb is flipping the traditional female-heavy ratios to see men outnumber women in many of his classes. He is passionate about making yoga more accessible and appealing to men. It helps that a class with Caleb is far from run of the mill, with his Fusion Yoga events set to live music proving hugely popular.
Last April at Re:Centre, Hammersmith, Caleb curated 50 Men 50 Mats which created a space for 50 male yoga virgins to come together for their first yoga experience, drop all guards and let loose on the mat for the first time. “From the opening OMs, it was clear that these fellas were there to have this experience fully,” Caleb says. “They participated with such open hearted enthusiasm!” Caleb is excited to be holding a follow up to 50 Men 50 Mats at Wanderlust 108, London, on July 27.
Caleb’s acclaim as a yoga teacher has also taken him overseas. In 2017, he joined the international teacher line-up at the Namaste Festival in Jakarta and returned again in 2018.
Caleb is a committed philanthropist and activist, with his yogic way of being extending far beyond the mat. While travelling in India in 2016, he met a family who inspired him to set up the Academy of Hope. The charity works to fund education and support self-sufficiency in impoverished communities.
Besides yoga, Caleb has been busy working on a feature-length screenplay, which is now complete and making its way onto the desks of producers.