Yoga is gaining popularity among the general public, but most yoga classes are still dominated mainly by women. There is a perception that yoga is not challenging enough to provide sufficient training for men who prefer weight lifting, HIIT, running, biking, and playing sports. While it is true that yoga is a more gentle form of physical activity, many men could benefit from including it in their workout plans. Here, Russell Herbert Jack, a Southland-based yoga instructor, provides four reasons why men could benefit from doing yoga regularly.
1. Yoga Increases Balance and Range of Motion
People who regularly practice yoga enjoy the benefits of increased flexibility and balance, which, in turn, helps to prevent injuries. Taking the time to stretch your muscles before and after you do your strength training improves your ability to train through the full range of motion. Many muscle groups such as the hamstrings, glutes, pecs, and shoulders get tight as you lift weights, needing regular stretching to release tension. Also, a well-thought-out yoga class can help you open up your shoulders if you’ve been hunched over your computer during the day and loosen up your tight hip muscles.
- Yoga Relieves Stress and Anxiety
Yoga is an excellent way to manage your stress, anxiety and improve mental health and wellbeing. By breathing deeply during your yoga session, you will notice increased body awareness and a clearer mind, which may help you let go of any obsessive thoughts. In addition, yoga helps to improve sleep, which is one of the most critical factors in muscle recovery.
- Yoga Improves Sexual Activity
Practicing yoga helps people connect their body, mind, and spirit, which comes with an improved sexual function for men. It is not a secret that many men lose their sexual desire due to constant stress and pressure at work. By making your body more calm, flexible, and relaxed, yoga helps to reduce stress and be more present in the moment.
- Yoga Make You Feel Younger
Movement of any kind helps us stay and feel younger, but especially yoga. Practicing yoga improves bone density and prevents many osteoporosis, arthritis, back pain, nerve issues, ligament tears, myofascial tightening, blood pressure, and asthma. As it’s a low-impact activity, you can continue practicing yoga even in your later years to help manage your stress and provide gentle exercise to your body.
In addition to its many benefits, yoga helps you stay challenged through the process as there are many different forms of yoga for various levels of students. Even if you’ve fallen out of your workout routine and don’t know how to get back on track, consider yoga as your starting point.
About Russell Herbert Jack
Russell Herbert Jack, Southland Yoga Training Founder, is a 25-year-old yoga instructor and mindfulness teacher from Southland, New Zealand. He is passionate about spirituality, the vegan lifestyle, animal rights, and living in sync with nature. Russell specializes in Vinyasa Yoga, Qigong, and guided meditations.