Today women account for 80% of yoga class attendances. But this is a new western phenomena*. Until the 20th century yoga was probably 90 per cent male dominated. So its status as ‘something that women do’ is a relatively new.
More men do yoga
Recent years has seen a steady increase in men attending yoga classes. Sport professionals, footballers, rugby players, are getting on the yoga for men band wagon.
Ryan Giggs is often touted as having extended his footballing career by attending yoga classes, along with other sports celebs.
The thing is, yoga is for everyone, not just women.
Shape up with yoga
Yoga can get you in shape, but it is not like a work out in a gym, its slow, and it is thoughtful. It's not about body mass, you will not end up looking like Schwarzenegger. Then again who wants to look like a mutant from the hulk movie?
What it will do is start exercising muscles you didn't know you had, it will improve core strength and flexibility, improve muscle tone. You might even lose weight.
The benefits of men attending yoga classes
The main benefit of men attending yoga classes can be summarised.
- Improved sex life: A 2011 study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine found that men who practiced yoga for 12 weeks reported improved sexual satisfaction, performance, ability to control their ejaculation, and orgasm.
- More productive work Life: a recent study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of 85,000 workers in the U.S., mindfulness-based interventions like yoga improved employee wellbeing and reduced issues like burnout.
- Less Stress: Yoga has been found to increase the body's ability to respond to stress more effectively, reducing heart rate, blood pressure, and easing respiration in stressful situations.
- Better Sleep: Improve sleep patterns, and sleep quality.
- Mobility & posture: Yoga helps counter those effects, as well the results of sitting in an office chair all day.
- Improved core: Yoga will help you improve your core strength.
- Flexibility: Yoga stretches muscles, and improves everyday flexibility.
More yoga studios are offering Men Only Yoga. According to Simon Chandler at Harrow Yoga "demand for men only yoga classes is definitely on the increase."
A healthier Lifestyle for men
Unlike gyms, yoga is a holistic experience, it's a fully work out for the body and mind. It explores heath including healthy eating. You can discover the world of yoga at your own pace. There are no machines, counting your steps, or lifts.
‘More men are coming to yoga to escape the stress in their lives,’
It's all about emphasis, there are lots of other benefits that men will benefit from, but to get the benefit you have to join a yoga class.
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