Some people think yoga is a delicate lady sport. Which is nonsense. Yoga is for everyone and the whole “I’m a macho man who doesn’t do yoga” routine is silly. Put your average gym-addicted jock in a Bikram and see how “easy” he finds it!
I came across this article at YogAnonymous.com which nicely sums up why men SHOULD do yoga…
Read the whole article here: 7 Reasons Men Should Do Yoga
Yoga alleviates pain and injury. Most men come to yoga with injuries and pain, particularly in the back, knees and joints. Yoga uses controlled movements, expert alignment, biomechanics and breath to open your body efficiently while minimizing the risk of injury. Safety and alignment are the absolute first priorities in yoga. Yoga demands that you do not push beyond what you are capable of doing safely.
Yoga keeps your body fit, flexible and strong. Many men say, “I’m not flexible enough to do yoga.” That is like saying, “I’m not strong enough to lift weights.” The poses are powerful and specifically designed to open and strengthen your body efficiently.
Yoga will provide the fun challenge you crave. Yoga is more than just sitting around, humming and talking about your feelings. It will be humbling at times, but worth it. You will learn how to challenge yourself without being competitive. Yoga teaches you to challenge yourself intelligently and completely without being overly aggressive. Learning new poses and noticing real progress is addicting!
Yoga will help improve diet, sleep and overall health. Once you’re feeling the physical benefits of your yoga regimen, you naturally begin to shift your diet and sleeping patterns. You will no longer want to eat a pint of ice cream or stay out late on a weeknight knowing you’re doing these healthy things for yourself.
Yoga allows you to do the things you love more efficiently and for longer. The whole point of yoga is to live your life to the fullest. Whether you love to run, fish, golf, play basketball, travel or play with your kids without hurting yourself – yoga will help you do the things you love better and longer.
Yoga improves your performance and relieves stress. In the trenches of the workplace, sports arena, family reunions and even the grocery store, you will face many challenges. Yoga trains your mind to be grounded and calm, especially while in the fire of stress.
Yoga is the fountain of youth. Between all the physical, mental and overall health benefits, yoga will make you feel better and younger than you could have ever imagined. Yoga communities consist of the young and old alike who want to better themselves and live more vibrantly. When you surround yourself with people who willfully open their bodies and minds, you become more youthful and open to trying new things.
Men: what do you most value about your yoga practice? Share in the comments please!