“Jane was an enthusiastic instructor and took time to go over the conditions I had, what might be causing them and how yoga could help. The first session was at a pace I could manage and I was surprised at what I could do and how the various movements targeted the symptoms I have.”
Yoga for Men is becoming more and more popular. The number of men going to yoga classes is increasing significantly as men are becoming wise to the fact that yoga is a fantastic way to become strong, supple, flexible, mobile, balanced and stress free.
Clearly the benefits of yoga are increasingly recognised by everyone including top professional sports people such as Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic who both turned to yoga as part of their mental and physical training to achieve peak performance. Djokovic claims that yoga, meditation and veganism helped shape his success whereas Murray says he turned to yoga and pilates to help him recover from back surgery which had plagued him for many years. If such elite athletes can attribute some of their success to yoga – just think what it can do for the average bloke.
Yoga for Men – Here are just some of the benefits:
- increased flexibility
- increased muscle strength and tone
- improved respiration, energy and vitality
- maintaining a balanced metabolism
- cardio and circulatory health
- improved sporting performance
- protection from injury
- reduction in stress
Yoga is also a great way to support other sports and activities such as running and cycling. This is because it can incorporate more all-round movement and strengthen important muscles which aren’t necessarily used in the chosen sport. Yoga can therefore not only enhance sporting performance it can also prevent injury or help rehabilitation in the case of injury.
My style of yoga is more dynamic than many yoga classes with a focus on strong and varied postures to work every part of the body – and not a chant to be heard! Feedback tells me that this more physical approach to yoga makes my classes more appealing to men than the average yoga class.
Men attend all of the classes I run and are very welcome. Please do not think that you will be the only man in a hall full of women!