Haven Yoga and Meditation highlights the benefits of yoga for men.
Despite being one of the oldest and most diverse practices in the world, the western world has always viewed yoga from a highly feminine lens. Since the popularisation of yoga in western society, the yoga discipline has had many strong female icons leading the way. Icons such as Madonna and Marilyn Monroe have encouraged yoga to thrive in our modern society. The branding of yoga in our culture has been largely based on pictures of women with extreme flexibility, in poses that some men find off-putting. But looking past the promise of being able to attain extreme flexibility, yoga offers a perfect way to dramatically strengthen both body and help to still an overactive mind.
Nowadays, many Australian men are very likely to neglect yoga due to the misleading societal views on the practice, which is a shame, as men could benefit extremely from yoga, just as much as women.
In Fact, Yoga used to only be practiced by Men!
Despite the view on yoga today, when the practice of yoga was first developed, it was a male-only practice, flash forward to today, it is estimated that only 28 percent of all yoga practitioners are male, despite the ever-evident benefits that men can experience from yoga, such as:
One of the main benefits for men is the increased flexibility that regular practice can bring. It is extremely common for men to be nowhere near as flexible as women, partly due to hormones and the skeletal structure of the male body. However, yoga can help men achieve greater levels of flexibility than they ever have experienced in their lives. But why should you want greater flexibility? Being flexible helps prevent serious injuries incurred during contact and other traditional, male sports, improves your balance and helps develop peak physical performance through breath work.
Improve Overall Health
Not only just improving flexibility and balance, but yoga can also help enhance men’s strength by extending their range of motion. Yoga helps to relieve chronic pain (in areas such as the lower back), improve breathing capacity and relieve any pent-up stress. Yoga is a great way for men to stretch and strengthen their mind and body connection, improving focus and cognitive skills.
If you are located in Murarrie, Cannon Hill, Morningside, Balmoral, or Tingalpa, stop by our yoga studio at 16 Queensport Road South, Murarrie.