Did it ever cross your mind why the national average for yoga students is 72/28% female to male? As a male yoga instructor, I wonder this often. Is it because yoga looks too easy and therefore, will not be much of a workout? Is it the air of ego and machismo that guys have about doing workouts that are “only for girls”? Perhaps.
First, it’s important to debunk the two misconceptions that men have about yoga, and understand how hasty generalizations are actually stopping you, yeah you bro, from exploring another dimension of not just your athleticism, but your overall being as a man.

Misconception #1 – “Yoga’s for chicks, bro.”

If you have no background or professional experience with yoga, you can easily make assumptions that yoga is for girls. In fact, if you ask any bloke to visualize a yoga class, he’ll probably describe a room full of slim and toned women in tight pants….I hate to state the obvious fellas, but you see the irony here right? Go to yoga. I don’t care if you start doing yoga for the reason previously stated, just get started. The rest will work itself out over time.

Misconception #2 – “Yoga is too easy. It won’t be enough of a workout.”

Try saying this to any yogi, male or female, and watch their relaxed expression as they politely ask you to join them for their next heated level-two class. It’s probably just an hour of stretching anyway, you’ll be fine….(smiling villainously as I write). If you’re still skeptical, stop reading this article for a moment, and try pressing from a forward fold into handstand. Don’t worry, it’s super easy.

5 Reasons Why You Should Practice Yoga, Dude.

  • Yoga is a great complementary cross-training workout, particularly for men who are looking to condition themselves to be an all-around athlete. If you spend most your workout time in the weightroom or on the treadmill, your muscles have been conditioned to contract. Yoga helps lengthen these muscles for better overall performance, less soreness, and less cramping.
  • Yoga can rebuild and heal your body if you are nursing, or suffering from, an injury. Yoga has long been used not only for relieving mental stress, but also for healing all sorts of ailments and injuries. There are countless stories (far too many to name in a single blog post) about people that have used yoga as part of an overall injury-recovery program.
  • Regular yoga practice can help prevent reproductive organ illnesses, such as warding off prostate cancer and reducing enlarged prostate. Stress is considered to be one of the top contributors for a poor sex life and mild erectile dysfunction…yikes. A regular yoga practice can reduce your stress level, and improve the overall performance of your twig and berries. No further explanation needed.
  • Practicing yoga regularly can provide an endless challenge for your ego. Since it doesn’t have an end game, there will be a continuous match between you against nature, body, and mind. And unlike other physical activities, it requires you to focus all of your energies to be in the current moment. Several studies can also provide the positive effects of yoga to the brain and the central nervous system. In fact, according to Dr. Fishman, a physician in NY, yoga thickens the layers of the cerebral cortex, a part of the brain that is associated with higher learning. It also increases neuroplasticity, the ability for the mind to learn and adapt to new things.
  • Yoga can help improve your relationship, and help you to understand your lady better. If you are happy with how your wife or girlfriend has changed by doing yoga classes, then why don’t you try doing yoga with her? Doing yoga together is a great way for you and your partner to reconnect, build trust, and strengthen your bond as a couple. It can also boost your personal confidence, and in effect, stimulate sexual energies of the body.

Be light my friends,
Kyle Weiger

www.reflexionyoga.com