8 reasons men should do yoga

I’ve been doing yoga for quite some time now, but only in the last month or so have I been doing it consistently in a group environment. I’ve always enjoyed doing yoga, but the thought of going to a yoga class was something that I was apprehensive about. My gym offered free classes and I found one that I wanted to check out, but I was still hesitant about going through with it. To combat this I dragged my sister along with me so I wouldn’t be ‘that guy’ who goes to yoga class just to stare at girls even though that wasn’t my intention.

The class we went to was a ‘Power Yoga’ Class and my sister was out for the count after about 10 minutes. Though it may not seem like it, yoga can be quite difficult. If mobility work and stretching is not something you do regularly than you can expect to get your ass whooped if it’s anything above a novice level class.

I enjoyed the first session and wanted more. My sister was having no part in this so I went at it alone, and continued to do so. I didn’t like the idea of having to walk through my gym where I’m usually lifting four days a week to go to the yoga studio, but I just had to stop giving a fuck.

Look, I get it: Yoga is for girls and it’s not ‘Alpha’. Fine, but if you refuse to do something that can benefit your life just because you’re afraid of what others may think about you, you have bigger things to worry about than being an Alpha male. This article is not about Zumba, Pilates or other classes that are frequented by women. If you want to do those things, by all means, but this article is about yoga, because I believe yoga is truly a valuable physical and mental discipline.

Here are 8 reasons why I have decided to make yoga a part of my life and why you should do the same:

1.) Lots of Cute and Fit Girls 

Alright, let’s just get this one out of the way. There are few other places that I can think of that have not only a great ratio of men to women as yoga classes do, but where the women are usually attractive and fit as well. On top of that, these women are wearing tight clothing and doing poses that accentuate their curves. Yoga helps to promote blood flow to our muscles, but oftentimes I find blood is flowing elsewhere…

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You won’t see this in class…

Also, for the most part the few men that will attend these classes are either gay, old, or effeminate; usually a combination of these. You can bet that if you’re in good shape you will get some looks. If you’re somewhat handsome and appear to be relatively masculine you will get even more looks. So much so that it may be suspect… and it is. You see every guy knows that yoga classes are full of hotties, but women know that men know this. They know that guys will come from time to time just ‘for the view’.

Okay I may be exaggerating the scowls you will get from females. In fact, yoga classes are a warm and welcoming environment. The energy in these classes are very positive. I hope I’m not losing you with my hippy talk, but try and bear with me…

Here’s the deal: Don’t do yoga just for the women.  Doing yoga to solely check out girls is probably the worst reason to actually go. Picking up women is not a cakewalk in yoga class either. It’s not designed to promote dating. It’s possible to meet women through this, but if picking up and staring at chicks is your only reason for doing yoga than I can assure you that you will be sorely disappointed.

Yoga requires an investment of time, and for most people money (fortunately my class was free). There are much better places to meet and stare at women than yoga class.

However, once you’ve got some experience under your belt, and have shown your face a few times only then are you in a good position to swoop up chicks.

Now that that’s out of the way let’s keep moving.

2.) It feels AMAZING

yoga3Yoga combines aspects of meditation, stretching, and using your muscles; all of which release endorphins. It truly feels wonderful.

By the end of a yoga session your mind will be at peace, as will your body. Within the hour or so time frame, you will have been only focused on the activity at hand, leaving no room for extraneous thoughts, thus leaving your mind void of any negativity. The constant stretching will loosen any tight muscles leaving your body feeling great too.

3.) Stress management

Throughout our daily lives stress builds up whether it be through a shitty job or lifting weights. These things are catabolic and can raise cortisol levels that need to be kept in check. Yoga will do just that.

Through the combination of deep breathing, stretching, and mindfulness, it’s hard to be stressed out during yoga.

4.) Good For Recovery/ Injury Prevention

Mobility work should be part of any lifter’s or athlete’s training regimen. Mobility work helps to target specific weaknesses in muscles. Yoga on the other hand hits weaknesses throughout the entire body.

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I like doing both because with mobility work you can give extra attention to either weak points or parts that are really beat up. Yoga is less specific, but it can help you reach muscles you didn’t even know you had.

It also increases flexibility which can be helpful to lifters. Being overly flexible can be detrimental to strength, but it is imperative to be able to go through a full range of motion during exercise.

Along with increased blood flow, yoga will help expedite the recovery process.

5.) It’s Simple

While I prefer to do yoga in a group setting, you by no means have to. You can do it in the comfort of your home at any time and it requires no equipment; that’s why it’s so simple.

Sure, some of the contortions that you see may make yoga look complicated, and it can be, but just getting your ass up and doing yoga is a simple task. There are few sports or forms of exercise that require zero equipment.

If you don’t want to join a yoga studio, but still want to stare at sexy yoga chicks, then  just search Youtube as there are a plethora of videos with women guiding you through every step of the way.

6.) Balance

One of the first things I noticed when going to these classes is how poor my balance is relative to the others in my class. Yoga helps to improve the body’s stability. That’s fine and all, but that’s not the type of balance I’m looking for.

One thing in life I seek to achieve is to create balance in certain aspects of my life. I lift four days a week and absolutely love lifting. I do everything from heavy compound lifts, to badass exercises like farmer’s carries and snatches, to bicep curls. I like knowing that I’m growing stronger and getting bigger.

To me though I want a well rounded body. I want to be big and strong, but also as nimble as a 14 year old Bulgarian gymnast.

While being flexible and agile is not something to take a lot of pride in, or something to impress girls with, it’s definitely something that should be sought after if you wish to achieve a healthy and balanced physique.

7.) Pro Athletes Do It

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He just won a Super Bowl

Some of the biggest stars in the NBA, NHL and NFL praise yoga as being an irreplaceable part of their workout regime. It allows their bodies to perform at a higher level and also helps them increase the longevity of their playing career by keeping their bodies nimble and youthful. It also sharpens their mind to help them make better split second decisions.

“Well, if they jumped off a bridge does that mean I should do it to?”

Alright I get. I’m not telling you to do something just because others do it, but I’m saying that if these elite athletes are doing yoga than it’s something you may want to look into.

Also, pro athletes often epitomize masculinity. If they do yoga, you can too.

8.) Focus/Clarity of Mind

Spending time doing yoga can help improve focus. Instead of mindlessly doing some form of cardio for 30-60 minutes, doing yoga requires you to concentrate on getting into certain positions and holding them for the duration of the workout.

“It appears that following yoga practice, the participants were better able to focus their mental resources, process information quickly, more accurately and also learn, hold and update pieces of information more effectively than after performing an aerobic exercise bout.” (See Further Reading)

Conclusion

Too many guys hear the word ‘Yoga’ and they think of some hippy who drives a Prius and is all like ‘World Peace’ and ‘Free Tibet’ (Is that still a thing?). Or some twenty something chick who is a Starbucks fanatic, wears tight yoga pants… and drives a Prius.

While I wouldn’t deny that those things are true in many cases, by not looking past these labels one can seriously hold themselves back from reaping the rewards that yoga has to offer. Regardless of how big and strong you are, if you neglect injury prevention, heart health, and flexibility/mobility, than you’re still missing a major part of the package.

This article is just the tip of the iceberg as I plan on going pretty deep with this stuff, but that will be over a period of time. I hope that if you’ve never done or considered yoga, this article may have changed your mind.

And remember, yoga has been around for thousands of years and has passed the test of time…because it works.

Further Reading

1.) Yoga Boosts Brain Function

2.) Where Are All The Men? An in depth look at why yoga classes lack guys.

3.) Yoga Journal. A comprehensive site on the subject. You’ll notice right away that it’s catered to women, but try and look past that as it is a helpful resource.

4.) Girls Doing Yoga Tumblr (NSFW). For your viewing pleasure…

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