Yes! While it’s true that most yoga classes are attended by mostly fit and flexible females in tight clothes, yoga is not a ‘sport’ for ladies.
There are many of reasons why men should pick up yoga. (and picking up women is not one of them!)
That is what everybody thinks yoga is about, and yes you’ll gain flexibility with a consistent practice. You will be able to touch your toes sooner than you think. The many twists done in class will help your golf swing and tennis game, and the hip flexibility will help in rock climbing. Flexibility is a bonus for EVERY sport!
2) Range of motion!
Ok, confused? People often assume range of motion is flexibility, but it’s a little bit different.
Well, same same but different lah.
Most guys that work out a lot know that they have certain tight muscle groups that are bothering them.
The stretching in yoga helps in range of motion when translated into weight lifting.
For example, in a squat at the gym or even at a cross fit studio, trainers sometimes will say ‘ass to grass!’
If you hip flexors are tight how to ass to grass leh? Yoga will help increase your range of motion and also help you to get better muscle tone and bring strength faster! Which leads me to the next point...
3) Tone muscles!
Yes, yoga can help to tone muscles. Why you don’t believe me?
Chaturangas and arm balances are not easy ok!
One just needs to think of yoga as a body weight exercise. Chaturanga is similar (but not the same) to a bench press, and think of the nice quads you get with all the standing lunge postures!
4) Injury prevention!
Wah…. like snake oil leh, yoga can do so many things meh?
Well… yoga forces you to balance, work your body in new and unaccustomed ways, strengthening the smaller stabiliser muscles. These muscles are usually neglected, and a weak link that would lead you to injury in sports or in the gym in the long run.
You do not need any special equipment and space for yoga. A yoga mat and a small corner in any room would be sufficient. This is effective for our busy lifestyle and travelling. Also, no special clothes are needed, unless you are like me, who need to match my outfits.
In conclusion, yoga is both a physical and a mental practice, and even suppose to help in the bed room - don’t quote me ah! This one Birkram Choudhury the founder of Birkram yoga say one!
So men, try a yoga class today, and maybe you will be surprise how yoga may give you a physical challenge that you didn’t see coming.
P.S. Yoga Inc has a 5 Class Intro Pass for only $70!
About the author
Ric is a teacher at Yoga Inc and his outfit doesn't always match.
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