Yoga is one of the disciplines that attracts a lot of female attention. It’s social, it keeps them agile and it’s good for the spirit. Maybe it offers a bit of escapism from our insensitive selves as well.
But men can benefit from yoga just as much as women can. And we probably need it even more.
If you’ve been considering giving yoga a try or you’re looking for something new to practice then here are a few good reasons to start.
Why more men should do yoga:
It Gives You Space
Yoga, whether done alone or in a class, gives you space. Space to move. Space to think. Space to simply be. Each posture and each sequence brings you away from your everyday struggles and into the present moment. A fusion of breathing and movement and self-awareness that gives you much needed time with yourself.
It Improves The Body & The Mind
There are many physical and mental benefits to doing yoga. And that’s what’s so great about it. It develops both in harmony and with regular practice you’ll improve your balance, mobility, strength, breathing, concentration and mindfulness. Not quickly, but it will happen if you stick with it.
It Boosts Creativity
It’s rare to finish a good yoga session and not feel inspired. Yoga stimulates the flow of ideas and is often the place where you can finally answer those questions that are weighing on your mind. It frees your thinking.
It Uncovers Your Weaknesses
Most men go through periods of thinking they’re as hard as nails so trying things we think are easy and failing at them is great for the ego. Yoga teaches us where we are tight, what positions we’re weak in and how overly busy our minds are. Time on the mat is a great lesson in self-control and helps us discover what we need to work on most.
It Enhances Recovery
We’re naturally drawn to activities that are demanding on the central nervous system: fighting, sprinting, climbing, weight lifting. Anything that spikes adrenalin and gives us a good buzz. But we need to recover from these types of activities to get stronger and to prevent burnout.
Yoga is an excellent form of active recovery that can activate the Parasympathetic nervous system and promote healing. A quiet mind, gentle breathing and simple movement help to slow the heart rate and boost immune function.
It’s A Great Way To Meet Women
While this shouldn’t be your main reason for giving yoga a try, it is definitely a great way to meet women. Classes are jammed to the rafters with athletic, Lululemon clad females working up a sweat. Many of whom would be impressed by a man who knows his way around the mat.
Don’t think for a moment you can go along to perve though. Yogi’s aren’t afraid to give you a piece of their mind.
Yoga Will Change You
Not every day on the mat is a good day. Not every session will be a major breakthrough in your life, but a little weekly dose of yoga is the perfect supplement to harder training. It will stimulate parts of you that other training misses and bring balance to your body and mind.
Are You Ready?
Hopefully you’re convinced but maybe you think you’re just too tough for yoga. If that’s the case then take a look at one of the toughest men alive in practice:
“Yoga, an ancient but perfect science, deals with the evolution of humanity. This evolution includes all aspects of one’s being, from bodily health to self realization. Yoga means union – the union of body with consciousness and consciousness with the soul. Yoga cultivates the ways of maintaining a balanced attitude in day to day life and endows skill in the performance of one’s actions.” – B.K.S. Iyengar