Are you a guy who is secretly intrigued by yoga but worried that people might think you're weird if you try it?
You're not alone!
When I started teaching yoga, I thought men weren't interested in doing yoga. Most men I knew crossed their eyes in horror when the subject came up. Good news - I was wrong! In the past two weeks several men have come through my door looking for yoga classes. And yoga classes for men are springing up in studios all over.
Lots of guys do recognize the benefits. And the number is growing. So is the number of men who are willing to give it a try, despite the cross-eyed stares of their more timid brethren.
Yoga helps with flexibility. You don't have to be flexible to do yoga. In fact, It's better if you're not. Super-flexible people can over stretch their ligaments and tendons with time, leading to injury. And if you're really inflexible, there's nowhere to go but up, right?
Yoga is great cross training for any sport. Most sports, including weight training, tighten up the muscles, which can contribute to injury and pain. Yoga balances the nervous system, releasing tension held by chronically tight muscles. The result? Less pain, more flexibility, and strong muscles.
And - this is the absolute best- yoga is never boring. Yup, you heard me. Seriously, don't all those reps with weights sometimes have you cross-eyed with boredom? Yoga yields up juicy stuff for mind and body for as long as you want to practise it - a lifetime, if you like.
So, strengthen your courage, firm your resolve, increase your flexibility, decrease your pain, become fitter for the sports you love, and see what it feels like to rock your world! You might just love it – and find a few other guys who do, too.
Donna offers a holistic perspective on the relationship and healing of physical and emotional pain.