Hauora is a Māori philosophy of health and well-being.

Hauora is expressed through the Whare Tapa Wha model. This model speaks about four walls of a whare (house), where each wall represents a dimension necessary for strength and stability.

Although there are several models, today we are going to focus on Dr Mason Durie's.

The Hauora Whare:

  • taha wairua (the spiritual side)

  • taha hinengaro (thoughts and feelings)

  • taha tinana (the physical side)

  • taha whanau (family).

Here we delve a little more deeply.

Taha wairua (the spiritual side)

Our wellbeing when it comes to feeling clear in our purpose. Although there is a 'physical heart' which sits within Taha tinana, Taha wairua speaks about the energetic heart. Where Taha Hinengaro speaks about the feelings of the heart, Taha wairua speaks about our heart connection to nature, to God, to what we believe in and brings us whole within ourselves.

Taha hinengaro (thoughts and feelings)

Although thoughts originate in the mind, feelings happen in the physical body - here we see another important crossover, knowing and understanding that all dimensions of hauora are inherently connected. What we think, creates our reality. What we think, creates our feelings. When we have good self-talk and inner dialogue, our thoughts are positive and honest, and therefore we experience feelings of optimism as a result.

Taha tinana (the physical side)

Our physical wellbeing represents the nutrition we put into our bodies, how we touch and speak to our bodies, how we use our body to move - to sweat through and process difficult emotions that are stored in the body. The physical body can engage in detoxification for its wellness. The physical body is the vessel in which our creative artistic processes are carried out - firstly from spirit > to thoughts, ideas, feelings > to making it happen with the body and hands.

Taha whanau (family)

Social wellbeing is important because we need support to thrive. This can sometimes mean the inner mother and inner father - as we reparent ourselves. This can sometimes mean giving ourselves the support we need to meet our own needs. This also means surrounding ourselves in the environment that is right for us - so that we may grow and become more fully expressed individuals.

Nga mihi nui,

Steph x

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