I recently joined the social media ranks and began having conversations with yogis from all over the world. Every day I am seeing women AND men talking about their experiences with Yoga and meditation and the benefits for their lives. However, there are still a few (or maybe even a lot) of people who still genderize yoga as being a “woman’s” activity. As a male practitioner of yoga (I have been doing it for two decades now) I find this assumption disheartening and down right confusing. I can understand why some males may be intimidated by a room full of women who are well advanced in their yoga study (we’ve all been there). But men have no fear, yoga is for you. And if you are a women reading this with male friends, partners, family members, etc. this is for YOU TOO. Make sure you share with them and bring them to your next yoga class. Yogas always much more fun with friends.
Guys in general tend to be attracted to activities that are physically demanding like strength training, conditioning, or cardiovascular activities. Yoga provides this and allows you to increase flexibility and range of motion.
When first starting, yoga poses may appear difficult and overwhelming. You may be wondering, “how in the heck did she do that”. Making sure you breath, live in the experience and continue taking yoga classes is key to success in developing the strength and flexibility you will need for yoga. Furthermore, yoga is adaptable to each person’s body. There is no one mold or one “type.” Trust your experience
As a medical professional I have been using yoga as a form of preventative health measures for the past 20 years. Yoga has incredible influence on your life. Beyond the physical changes you will see you will feel more connected within your body: being more centered, grounded, and present and less stressed.
Why do you think so many people still think yoga is a woman’s thing?