One of the biggest misconceptions in the yoga world is that yoga is for women. It is a place where they can go and be amongst other women, you know just like how boys have a ‘He-man woman haters club’–but don’t you remember the end of the Little Rascals when the boys decide that the girls aren’t so bad after all. Well, yoga is kinda like that. At least in the sense that yoga is welcoming of all genders and all genders can really benefit from having a consistent yoga practice.
There is no denying that many men, especially as they get older suffer from injuries due to stiffness and poor range of motion. This is primarily due to how our bodies age. During the aging process, our muscles and connective tissue become tight and restrictive, which can result in pain. When someone has a regular yoga routine, you can improve your flexibility and reduce your injury risk significantly.
Yoga is not only beneficial physically, but also mentally as well. We live in a society where stress becomes more and more of a problem each and every day. Yoga gives us the opportunity to clear our minds and relax our brains from our to-do lists, a client that is stressing us out, a boss that won’t get off of your back or all of the after school activities you haven’t quite figured out how you are going to juggle yet. Even if your plate feels like it is over flowing, we challenge you to try even taking one minute to just focus on your breath and nothing else.
Don’t have a yoga routine in place already? Well, it is never too late to start. Even if you try incorporating just a few minutes of yoga into your day, it can make a significant difference to your quality of life. Why not start by trying out these 6 yoga poses for men to start your yoga practice with?