Yoga is for Everyone
So you’re asking yourself “is yoga for men” and the simple answer would be DEFINITELY YES. The truth of the matter is that everyone can do yoga, this is one of the reasons why I love practicing yoga so much. When you practice Yoga you are never judged, never criticized. The whole point of practicing yoga is that you can simply be who you are, and I would guess that the first thing that pops into your mind when you think about yoga is woman in tights who can pull their leg behind their head, and I’m probably right since that is what the internet is showing us. But to answer the question is yoga for men we have to remind ourselves that the internet usually shows half-truths. I can guarantee that when you start going to those yoga classes you’ll be surprised to find a studio filled with people just like you trying to find their way with yoga. Yoga isn’t just for a specific audience, it’s definitely not a closed club only for super flexible young hot women. Yoga is for men and women alike and for everyone who is willing to give it a try!
Yoga for All Ages
As I said before, yoga has no restrictions when it comes to age and gender. If you are willing to give your body the love and exercise that it deserves, then yoga is for you, and if you are asking yourself ‘is yoga for men or for women?’ I will tell you right away that it really doesn’t matter at all! Wheather you are a 15-year-old teenager, 30-year-old man or 65-year-old woman, yoga is for all.
It is true that as we get older we become less flexible and we start feeling pain in different parts of our body that we didn’t even know existed. But this really doesn’t have to be the way life goes. If we take care of our body (physically and mentally), we can still be healthy and feel great even at the age of 90!
Yoga isn’t only for a woman or only for adults for that matter, many kids practice yoga as well, take Tabay Atkins for example. He is a 12-year-old boy who decided to take yoga to the next level and became the youngest yoga instructor in America!
He finished his 200 Hour Vinyasa Teacher Certificate when he was only 10 years old. When he was 6 years old his mother was battling cancer and after being cancer free started to practice yoga. Yoga helped her recover and feel better than ever.
He now teaches yoga at his mother’s yoga studio in California, and all of the classes he teaches are donation based and he donated 100% of it to children battling with cancer.
His story is amazing and inspiring for us all!
Strength and Health
If you want to get fit, look good, become more flexible, get those abs you want and also maintain a healthy life still, then yoga is a great way to do just that! Practicing yoga, whether alone at home or at the studio with a yoga instructor, can do amazing things to your overall body and health.
It doesn’t matter if your yoga routine is 5 minutes, 10 minutes, 30 minutes or an hour, every yoga routine has it’s one way of giving you what your body needs. Sometimes you will go on your yoga mat energized and feel great and motivated in every pose, but other times you might feel a bit tired and no so eager to start your yoga routine. Rather way it’s important to remember, as Tim Senesi says:
“… a challenge is an opportunity for growth”
Tim is a yoga instructor with a well known YouTube channel. He started out as a regular guy wanting to transform his life into a healthier lifestyle and started to practice yoga regularly. He also says that at the beginning, when he just started to explore yoga he found it sometimes difficult but he knew that if he would keep working on the poses he would be able to:
“gain a whole new perspective”
He is one of many men who teach and practice yoga, you can see from his yoga video series that he loves what he does and he does it very good at it. Here is his Day 1 Total Body Workout video, you can take a look and maybe even give it a try. Who knows, you might even end up moving on to day 2!
Learning to Calm Down and Breath
Many times in life we get caught up with our daily assignments and most of us get stressed over things that we know deep down shouldn’t be stressing us out. It could be something that happens to us at work, our boss told us something we weren’t prepared for or didn’t want to hear. It could be something personal that is happening at home with our partner, parents or children.
We often play the same scenario over and over in our mind, thinking about what was, and will be, and what should have – could have been, only to become even more stressed.
If there was only a way to calm down easily and release whatever it is that is on our mind…
The most beautiful thing that I love about yoga is that when you get into a difficult pose (and when I say difficult I’m not talking about pain – pain is bad and you should never feel pain when practicing yoga!), that just feels weird and you really want to move to a different pose. That is where the work gets done when you feel like giving up when you feel like this pose is too big on you. That is where you learn to breathe. Five deep breaths in this difficult pose and you move on to the next pose.
After you practice yoga for some time you start to notice that these experiences of difficult situations (that make us want to give up) show up in your lives as well, you will notice that, like in yoga, you can release the stress with just a few deep breaths.
If you are new to yoga then probably this won’t make much sense to you, but nevertheless, I hope it will give you a glimpse and a bit of curiosity to try and get this experience in your life as well.
Meet new Friends
Going to a yoga class can have great benefits (finding a good yoga instructor is one of them – and this is from personal experience), one of them being that you get to meet new people that have the same goal as you – which is obviously to practice yoga. It good to remember that yoga is very personal and there is no judgment towards the person practicing next to you, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a nice conversation and maybe even make some new like-minded friends.
Who knows, maybe you’ll find the love of your life in that yoga studio.
So is yoga for men?
I hope that after reading this you understand that first of all yoga is for everyone and yoga doesn’t prefer one gender over the other, yoga was initially invented by men and only in the past decades, it has become even more popular amongst women.
If you are a man reading this, then please know that you can most definitely, and with confidence go to a yoga studio and give it a try, or even practice at home if you like!
If you have any questions or would like to comment then please do and I will be happy to reply.