Yoga Week: Yoga for Men
This post is part of a week-long yoga series at Your Body, Your Mind.
Up front, understand that I’m not writing this post assuming that all men have no idea what’s going on when it comes to yoga.
Wouldn’t that be a little silly, given that yoga’s history reaches back thousands of years, and it’s even believed that Hindu monks are responsible for introducing the Western world to yoga?
Still, here in the 21st century, we tend to see more women practicing yoga (throwing on a pair of yoga pants for a late-night run to the grocery store doesn’t count!) in popular media.
My yoga DVDs all feature female yogis, most of my favorite yoga sites are splattered with females demonstrating Locust poses and Downward Dogs, and I see yoga gear marketed more toward women than men.
Maybe all of the female-oriented marketing and advertising (whether on purpose, such as clothing and DVDs, or by accident, such as yoga classes predominately filled with women) makes some men a little hesitant to try yoga.
Yoga Resources for Men
It might seem like there’s a shortage of men on the yoga mats, but there’s definitely no shortage of information about yoga for men!
If you’re interested in getting started with yoga but aren’t sure how to begin or where to go for help, try these resources:
- MensHealth.com’s Yoga Center: The MensHealth.com Yoga Center is a one-stop shop for men and yoga. Find articles about yoga for beginners, the best yoga poses for men, and even yoga geared toward specific sports. MensHealth.com even provides an interactive 30-Day Quick Start Guide that not only helps keep you on schedule but also explains the When, Why, and How of each pose you’re assigned.
- MindBodyGreen’s Yoga for Men: MindBodyGreen has an entire section dedicated to yoga for men, which features articles and guides like I Was the Only Dude at a Yoga Teacher Training, Crashing the Yoga Barrier for Men, and 5 Reasons to Take Your Dad to Yoga Class.
- About.com’s Yoga for Men: About.com Guide Anne Pizer outlines how men can get started with yoga, explains the kind of equipment and other gear they might need, and points them in the direction of several yoga-related worthy reads.
Of course, you don’t have to try to learn it all by yourself. Men are just as welcomed in yoga classes as women; however, for those guys who’d be more comfortable with other men, they can look for classes like Seattle’s The Yoga Den, New York’s Le Male Yoga, and the various Broga (cute) classes throughout the country.
Are there any men reading today? Do you practice yoga, and if so, what advice can you offer men who don’t but are interested in starting?
Sparks, A. (2013). Yoga Week: Yoga for Men. Psych Central. Retrieved on August 3, 2015, from http://blogs.psychcentral.com/your-mind/2013/01/yoga-week-yoga-for-men/