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November 24, 2012 - 9:48 pm
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Hi Everybody,

Guys really do need Yoga! In India, where the practice of Yoga is widespread, it is integral to people regardless of whether they are male or female. However, in North America, that isn't always the case. It seems that there are often more women than men who participate in Yoga training, especially on a regular basis. In fact, it used to be that if there were any men in a class they were simply there to keep their wife or girlfriend happy. But times are changing, and today more men are seeing the benefits of Yoga for themselves. It's true, guys really do need Yoga and they are now willing to admit it.

Men generally tend to internalize stress, which in turn leads to a number of health issues including cardiovascular problems and trouble sleeping or the inability of feeling truly relaxed. Yogic practices have long since been a way for people to get in touch with their inner selves and let go of stress or channel it in a healthier direction. Asana can also be used as a way to improve muscle tone. What guy doesn't want better muscle tone?

Asana, pranayama and meditation can also be a great way to improve your techniques in sports. Men who golf, run, or do other types of competitive sports like play tennis or baseball often find that Yogic methods can help enhance their skill sets. It can build endurance and lead to greater concentration and focus, which is something that any type of athlete can benefit from. But what about the non-athletic guys who sit in an office all day and lead a more sedentary lifestyle? Again, Yoga is something that will help release tension that often occurs from sitting down for long periods of time. It can also help boost energy levels so that you feel more rested and therefore more motivated.

The bottom line is simple: Yoga training isn't just for women. It is a well recognized form of exercise that can be as gentle or difficult as you desire. Practicing Yoga can contribute to better overall endurance, less stress, and a stronger mind-body connection - and all of those attributes contribute to a better overall sense of well-being.

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Do Fitness Yoga Classes Attract More Men?

More and more people in the West are becoming interested in yoga not only as a means of mental and spiritual development, but as a way of getting in shape. However, contemporary culture and media tend to portray yoga practitioners as female or as examples of femininity. Yoga is perceived as "less of a workout" and therefore less masculine. The recent popularity of fitness yoga may change all of that. Do fitness yoga classes, with their emphasis on asanas and a physical workout as opposed to meditation, end up attracting more men because of this?

Fitness yoga classes may attract more men because the focus of the class is on the physical benefits of yoga as opposed to the perceived mental and spiritual benefits. Many men now realize that they can increase their fitness levels through practicing different types of Hatha yoga. While some men visit traditional yoga studios and find that they enjoy following traditional practices such as Iyengar or Ashtanga yoga, many men may feel intimidated by the terminology and the atmosphere of the studio. However, many of those who first practiced yoga in India thousands of years ago were men. For a long time, women formed no part of the development and the dissemination of yoga.

In relation to this issue, there is still an idea in Western culture that yoga is innately "feminine" or that it is not a "masculine" way to get fit. However, male professional athletes have begun to advocate practicing yoga as a means of enhancing their overall fitness, and many men have followed suit. However, this does not mean that fitness yoga instructors should feel that a man joining their classes simply means that these students want a glorified form of stretching. Instead, the instructor should use the class as an extended "teaching moment" which can prove to the men taking the class that yoga can be a satisfactory fitness regimen all by itself. Given enough time and positive examples, they may come to realize that contemporary yoga practice transcends pre-conceived gender notions.

Ultimately, fitness yoga may be more appealing to men who have little to no experience with any type of yoga, and who tend to associate more traditional yoga practices with femininity or with stereotypes about "hippies". However, fitness yoga can also serve as a means of getting more men in touch with what yoga has to offer them on all levels, whether that is physical or mental. A good yoga instructor will be able to guide men or anyone else to a form of yoga practice that is personally fulfilling and meaningful, even if it is simply yoga for physical fitness.

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I've read this research about how Hatha Yoga can increase men's physical strength. Hatha yoga is not as much grueling like weight lifting or Insanity but its is tried and tested....

Effects of Hatha Yoga Practice on the Health-Related Aspects of Physical Fitness

Muscular strength increased by 31%, 19%, and 28% for elbow extension, elbow flexion, and knee extension, respectively, whereas muscular endurance increased only in knee flexion (57%) (Table I). Three subjects were unable to complete post-training measurements for elbow extension and elbow flexion due to either muscular injuries unrelated to this study (two subjects) or failure to comply with instructions (one subject).

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Thank You Julie. Yoga is good for men, but only the smart ones will be found in our classes. Although, I'm relieved that many of the new males students have been coaxed into going to class by their girlfriends and wives.

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It is often amazing when a male student, who was usually forced by his girlfriend or wife become so into Yoga and turned out to be a teacher eventually and really do great. I feel awed when i read or see stories like that. Felt magical cause its like fate turning his hand for someone.

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