Think yoga is just for women? Well think again! Today, both men and women are enjoying the benefits from this ancient practice and have incorporated this form of exercise and meditation into their daily lives.
Increasingly, men are adding yoga to their personal training, and for good reason. The benefits of men adding yoga into their lives have led to many benefits including injury prevention, increased strength, and improved sex life.
While Men may buy into myths about the practice itself, medical research on the benefits of yoga have been proving its usefulness for many years. In fact, many studies have linked yoga to healing of various chronic diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, MS, and Parkinson’s.
Other studies have linked a regimen of yoga classes to a reduction in lower back pain and improved back function. Other studies suggest that practicing yoga lowers heart rate and blood pressure; helps relieve anxiety, depression and insomnia; and improves overall physical fitness, strength and flexibility.
Types of Yoga
There are many different forms of yoga, all of which have gained varying levels of popularity in the West including:
- Vinyasa or “flow” yoga, a widely practiced vigorous form of yoga also called “power” yoga.
- The Bikram, or “hot” yoga method, utilizes a heated room to up the sweat factor and increase flexibility in muscles.
- Hatha and Iyengar yoga methods emphasize perfecting body alignment, symmetry, and form.
- Ashtanga yoga is a set series similar to a martial art form.
With yoga, men are able to focus better, clean their system of deadly toxins, and even boost sexual performance in the bedroom. Additional benefits include improved flexibility, better balance, and a list of other health benefits.
If you still think yoga isn’t a decent workout or that it’s too touchy-feely and that its not made for men’s bodies, take the Yoga challenge for one month and see the benefits for yourself.