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Should Men Practice Yoga or Not_

Should Men Practice Yoga or Not?

When the term ‘yoga’ comes to our mind, it has a very feminine image, like women in leggings doing extremely bendy and flexible poses. All of that doesn’t sound like a typical workout for men. Doing yoga postures and breathing exercise isn’t something that typically gets men excited.

Some men believe that yoga is only meant for women or older people. Some, have an odd misconception that yoga can make you impotent or gay. But none of that is true. In fact, throughout its thousands of years of history, yoga has been practiced and studied almost exclusively by men. More men should practice yoga, but unfortunately, they do not.

The concept that men should go to the gym and have a six-pack, broad chest and huge biceps is derived from a Spartan look and it generalises men. In this modern society, men can do Zumba or perform ballet and women can play soccer or be bodybuilders, so why shouldn’t men do yoga?

Adi Yogi, the first yoga teacher, was the great Lord Shiva. Swami Vivekananda, a Hindu monk was the first person to bring yoga to America was in the late 1890s. Later on, in 1970s B.K.S Iyengar and K. Pattabi Jois (Mysore) got the opportunity to travel Europe and the US to spread the awareness of Iyengar yoga and Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga all around the world .

Yoga is incredibly beneficial for men of all ages and here are 3 reasons why men should start practicing yoga proudly.

 

  1. Yoga heals your body

Through the practice of therapeutic yoga, one can rebuild and heal their body hence making themselves stronger and fitter. Yoga can be used as part of an overall injury-recovery program. If you are nursing or suffering from an injury or common issues such as back, neck or shoulder pain—yoga is the key to solving those problems.

  1. Stress relief

Yoga is the best way to reduce daily stress and live a better life. Focusing on your breath and your body along with working on your physical fitness through yoga reduces stress. Yoga has been proven to be particular effective solution to cope with mental health problems such as depression, anxiety, and insomnia.  Stress is also considered to be one of the top contributors to poor sex life and erectile dysfunction. Regular yoga practice can help reduce your stress level thereby improving your sex life.

  1. Flexibility

Yoga helps to loosen the tightness in your muscles which results in flexibility. This helps men perform better in their office work, and even helps athletes on the field.  Yoga is a full-body workout that creates not only flexibility but also strengthens your core and back muscles.

To find out more on how you can incorporate yoga into your life, go through our various blogs about all things yoga or drop in for a beginners yoga class!

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