Yoga is an incredible tool for improving your health, fitness, and overall physical performance; so why don't more men do it?
You would think, since most yoga studios are full of single women, that there would be a line of men waiting to get in to each class.
Unfortunately, men are either scared away from yoga by its more hippy aspects and discussions of chakras, or by the fear that yoga will take away from their strength training.
The first fear is understandable. The vast majority of yoga classes are full of spiritual mumbo-jumbo, discussions of heart centers and energy fields, and other "yoga kool-aid" that makes men feel like they have to leave their man card at the door with their shoes.
The other fear related to losing muscle and time away from the gym simply isn't true. Yoga doesn't have to replace or take away from strength training. In fact, yoga is best used as a compliment to strength training to help men recover quicker and grow faster.
Here are a some reasons men should get past their fear of yoga and start connecting with their inner Chi a few days a week.
Benefit of Yoga #1: Yoga Increases Flexibility and joint mobility
Obviously, the primary benefit of yoga for men is that it improves flexibility and reduces the risk of injury. In its most simple form, yoga is nothing more than an advanced system of stretching, joint mobility exercises, and calisthenics.
Men generally lack balance in their fitness routines and usually focus only on weight training. This can lead to tight muscles, shortened tendons, and a body primed for pain and injury.
Yoga helps to balance out the body, relieve pressure off joints, and restore full range of motion to joints.
Benefit of Yoga #2: Improves Sexual Performance
One of the most under emphasized benefits of yoga for men is that it can help support optimal sexual health and performance. This was highlighted by a 2010 study in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, which concluded that yoga improves all sexual functions, including desire, performance, erection strength, and ejaculation control.
Yoga is great for relieving tension in the body, reducing anxiety, and increasing blood flow throughout the body...including to your genital area.
Additionally, yoga teaches various breathing exercises and pelvic floor techniques that can also help to improve ejaculatory control and performance.
Benefit of Yoga #3: Yoga Helps Prevent injuries
Most men experience some form of joint pain. This can be caused by a number of things, but some of the most common causes include: carry kids, sitting at a desk all day, too much strength training, not enough strength training, and lack of flexibility.
The stretches and movements practiced in yoga improve joint flexibility and range of motion, lubricating the joints and relieve pressure on the nerves.
Yoga also improves the body's overall awareness of posture and movement patterns so you'll be less likely to be injured when going about your day.
Benefit of Yoga #4: Yoga Improves Strength and Builds Muscle
Can you build muscle doing yoga? The answer is yes.
Yoga is known primarily for its various stretching postures, but it's also full of incredibly challenging calisthenic-like postures that challenge the muscles and the body's strength energy systems. For example: handstands, standing frog pose, etc.
Numerous postures require you to support your body weight for an extended period that can build incredible strength and stability in the targeted muscles.
Benefit of yoga #5: It Helps Reduce anxiety and Decreases Stress
As previously mentioned, yoga teaches various breathing exercises and stretching postures that can relieve tension and help to reduce overall anxiety caused by everyday life.
This is where the more spiritual aspects of yoga can be extremely beneficial. Most yoga instructors teach their students the basics of mediation and awareness to help students control their breath and emotions.
Tools like belly breathing can transfer outside the yoga mat and help men to control their reaction to the stress caused by work, kids, finances, etc.
Navy Seal and extreme endurance athlete David Goggins was recently on the Joe Rogan Experience, where he discussed how he used yoga to get over his fears and heal his body and mind (see clip below).
Conclusion: Yoga is an incredible fitness system that all men should attempt to incorporate into their fitness routines. We understand yoga's more spiritual aspects can be a turn off to a lot men, but its overall benefits are worth putting up with a few discussions about heart centers and your third eye to experience.
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