It’s the old adage that
Men get better with age.
Yes, this is only true for men who take care of themselves as the process unfolds. While lifestyle and your financial situation and of course work life balance play a part, nothing attracts like virile well-being.
Whether you’re embracing the freedom of success or mourning your ability to drop and do 75 push-ups without blinking an eye, yoga is your most efficient, effective route to total well-being.
It’s important to acknowledge, however, that we in the West approach exercise as we were trained to approach most everything else: as a competitive, goal-oriented project.
Most of us grew up in the “no pain, no gain” school of physical exertion. We were not necessarily taught to link physical exercise to a time of healing or spiritual connection with ourselves.
Because most men agree on the negative impact of stress on health but refuse to agree that stress affects their lives; as a result, 28% of me does nothing for stress. The list of yoga’s health benefits seems to go on and on, as the relatively few men who enjoy this ancient practice quickly realise
So why yoga for men?
Physically, yoga strengthens, builds stamina, focus, balance, flexibility and coordination and so is the perfect companion for other physical and sporting disciplines like running. It can help prevent injury and can lengthen your sporting career.
Many men say they aren’t flexible enough to do yoga, however with a regular practice yoga will help with this. Flexibility always needs to be balanced with strength and stability anyway. This is one of the main principles of yoga practice.
And yet yoga offers so much more.
In the world of men, some thoughts, feelings and (dare I say!) emotions, can become buried or be put aside as we strive to become more productive and successful in our daily lives.
To fully realise our potential and find balance and harmony we need to embrace all of our different aspects physically and emotionally. Yoga provides an ideal platform for this growth.
Yoga helps you with better control over stress and emotions; yoga enhances the general feeling of well-being helping you to stay cheerful, creative and productive all day long, but according to a study by Yoga Journal, of the 20.4 million people who practice yoga in the U.S., only 18% of them are men
Did You Know? – Men, who use other physical routines to ward off symptoms of stress, will find yoga helpful in improving their flexibility, thereby making them less prone to workout injuries.
Do you contend with old injuries while fending off new ones in their daily activities?
Yoga is the ideal activity for injury recovery and rehabilitation.
If you’re dealing with a recent injury or rehabbing a particularly difficult old injury, look up a certified Yoga Therapist to work with you while recovering your strength, mobility of the affected joints and flexibility.
On the other hand–
Men should consider yoga as many people are drawn to yoga not only for the strictly physical benefits but for the associated impact on mental health. In addition, yoga is an effective treatment for anxiety, depression, and insomnia. Yoga poses, particularly inversions, help people get a better night’s rest and provide stress relief.
The most surprising and liberating by-product of a consistent yoga practice
Is the realisation that the doing of the yoga is the benefit; the experience is the goal. It’s the old adage of “the journey is the destination,” but rather than trying to understand this concept intellectually, the body and spirit begin to embody it.
And for those of us who seem to be growing older every day… it takes the kinks out of every nook and cranny of the body, leaving us deliciously renewed, open and fluid, and—when practised correctly and with an experienced instructor—wonderfully pain-free.
Have you picked up any leading sports magazine over the last 10 years?
You’ve probably read that some national team or other has added yoga to their athletes’ training regimen.
This is a reflection of recent findings of functional strength and the benefits of flexibility on the ability to deploy strength in both controlled and explosive applications, a balanced and flexible set of muscles will get you further than overworked, unbalanced or shortened biceps.
Yoga delivers on all three counts:
- Deployable strength.
If you’re interested in exercising to moderate the effects of stress, age and heredity on blood pressure, glucose, cholesterol and BMI, yoga has proven beneficial with sustained practice in each of these metrics. This will also decrease the tendency to turn to alcohol helping you become a more responsible husband and dad.
The Journal of Alternative Medicine claims, men who are overweight who practised yoga and breathing exercises daily lost an average of 4 pounds in only 10 days. Adding deep abdominal breathing which is a major part of yoga, and according to Men’s Fitness, it activates the parasympathetic nervous system and lowers levels of cortisol, a hormone that forces your body to hold on to belly fat.
Do you want better sex? – Yoga can help you!
You may be lucky already and have a great sex life?
A study in 2010, Yoga was shown to improve all domains of sexual function in men.
The breathing techniques and concentration taught in yoga can help you better channel your sexual energy – Yoga has a whole array of poses for better sex! Yoga means to join yourself together and move into the world from your heart.
Yoga can be a powerful tool for unlocking life-energy and using it to elevate you to a place of creativity, intimacy and healing and to have better sex.
Finally, half of all men over 50 experience at least some trouble with the prostate gland, a vital part of a man’s sexual as well as urological health. Yoga specifically targets the PFM, or pelvic floor muscles, the engagement of which is thought to be beneficial to blood and nutrient flow to the prostate. In order to keep these vital muscles and this crucial gland in top condition, practice these three poses with a registered yoga teacher:
- Boat Pose: Sitting on the floor, bend your knees and extend your legs to create a “V” with your upper body and legs. Stay here for half a minute or longer. You may repeat up to 5 times.
- Bow Pose: Prone on the floor, bend your knees and take your feet in your hands. Kick your feet back into your hands as you lift your chest and lengthen your low back. Stay for half a minute or longer.
- Hero Pose: Conclude by sitting your knees and lower your hips between your feet. Support your hips on a block or blanket if they don’t come all the way to the floor. Stay here for at least a minute and focus on your breath to relax.
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