Yes, the obvious is true: most yoga classes are full of fit and flexible females. Contrary to what you might think, however, it is not just a sport for sexy ladies—men can practice yoga, too.
Listen, sceptical men—yoga is a full-body exercise routine, although in a different kind of way. It is not all about chanting, meditating, sitting, talking about feelings, or other feminine stereotypes. In fact, it can also build strength, as well as improve your balance, stability, and even your performance in bed. You will even be able to touch your toes, and improved flexibility is always a bonus for just about every sport.
Here are some of the reasons men should be doing yoga, too:
It Sculpts Muscles, Makes You Strong
Yoga uses the weight of your own body to build strength. Think about how many free-weights it would take for you to build some nice muscle. With yoga, you get the same muscle-building benefits by performing extended push-ups, leg lifts, and squats. You will get well-worked muscle groups, and with each yoga class, you get stronger.
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It Trains Your Mind
When practicing yoga, you need to hold on to a challenging pose for minutes, stay calm, and breathe deeply. It trains your mind to be calm and grounded, because on the battlefield of life, you will be challenged far more than you will be on the yoga mat. It practices you to stay calm in very uncomfortable situations, and trains you to be at your best especially when it matters the most.
It Allows You to Do Things Longer
The whole point of doing yoga is doing it to live your life to the fullest. Whether it is fishing, golfing, travelling, or playing with the kids, yoga will help you do the things you love more efficiently and longer. Doing yoga poses are fun and they make you stronger, but that is not the point. What matters is that when you feel great with yoga, you are truly enjoying life.
If you still think yoga is too girly, think about how many athletes are jumping on the bandwagon. Yoga is not a girls-only club anymore—anyone can practice it and reap its benefits, even from the first pose.