Yoga has pretty much become a “ladies’ sport” these days despite the fact that it was originally created for men.
Increasingly, guys are getting back into it, but they usually have to be pushed into it, and only submit under the category of “I know it’s good for me.”
So, I thought few words of encouragement/wisdom/experience from a guy who really gets it might be useful to those of you “trying to get your man to do yoga” (this guy’s pretty funny too).
My eyes are focused on the mat as I hold my downward dog steady. My mind however, is focused on the fact that I am the only guy in the room. Now my mind is wandering, “where are all of the guys? Am I missing a UFC PayPerView Event? If I attended the local men’s only yoga in the buff, I would be surrounded by dudes. Not really my yoga style though, but a masculine presence is there”. My mind is now completely spinning and my practice is suffering because all of my attention is now focusing on the lack of men in my yoga life, and we just switched poses without me joining them. Awkward.
OK, now we’re getting to the benefits part…
Yoga compliments sports and really helps to build the core muscles, so its ideal for us guys to keep our performances up. It reduces stress, keeps our muscles toned, and improves flexibility which makes our sex lives stronger and us more desirable as mates. Think about it, yoga studios should be overflowing with guys trying to up their status on the 1 thru 10 scale.
So, in a nutshell, here are just some of yoga’s core benefits for guys (and gals too, of course):
- Lowered Stress = stronger libido
- Increased Flexibility = better athletic skills
- Overall Muscle Toning = makes you look good
- Increased Blood Flow to the Brain = calms your mind and helps you focus