Looking at how you spread the rug and “welcome the sun”, does your man chuckle indulgently? He is sure that yoga is a “girl’s” occupation, but is “pulling iron in the hall” an occupation for real men? Now you know what to answer him. Five popular myths among men are debunked by a yoga instructor Lilia Kartseva.
1. Yoga – gymnastics for women
Despite the fact that today the majority of visitors to yoga centers are women, this practice originally appeared in India as exclusively male. With the status of a woman there, in general, “everything was complicated”: their duty was (and remains) to do the household and children. It was much easier for a man to become an ascetic and follow strict instructions, including training willpower and intention. By the way, intention, rein, restraint – one of the meanings of the word “yoga”.
That is why the most famous teachers and founders of world-famous schools of yoga are men: Pattabhi Jois (Ashtanga Yoga), Belur Krishnamachar Sundararaja Iyengar (try to read his name out loud!) And Swami Sivananda.
Nature is on the side of men: in a year of regular practice, they can overtake a girl who trains five times more
For many men, the opportunity to be in a exclusively female society (moreover, in the center of female attention) is a deterrent. But on the other hand, the chance to make pleasant acquaintances is great as nowhere else. Practice shows that such acquaintances often develop into harmonious and long-term relationships.
If we talk about asanas (yoga poses), then nature is on the side of men: in a year of regular practice, they can overtake a girl who trains five times more.
2. Yoga does not develop muscles
This misconception is easily dispelled by itself if you look at the photographs of those who have been practicing for a long time. When doing yoga, all the muscles of the body are involved. Moreover, some yoga styles focus on strength exercises that help develop muscle and stamina.
But most importantly, yoga develops mindfulness. By concentrating on sensations in the body, a person is able to do asanas, using the necessary muscle groups. Yoga helps reconfigure our neural connections, developing the ability to effectively control the body. In static asanas, the deep layers of the muscles are trained, which form a strong foundation for the development of the whole body.
Asanas create a good basis for muscle growth, and awareness during practice significantly reduces the risk of injuries.
3. Yoga is boring and easy
If your partner or friend scornfully speaks about yoga as an exercise, most likely he has never tried it in practice. Yoga asanas, especially complex balances, require dexterity and perseverance, they can not be mastered in a hurry. Most asanas have modifications, various complications – it’s easy and even more boring never.
At the heart of yoga is the principle of “from simple to very complex.” This is a fascinating game, a kind of challenge that helps realize men’s ambitions and increase self-esteem.
4. Yoga – for flexible
Looking at the video of gutta-percha people twisting into unthinkable knots, it’s hard to believe, but flexibility and good stretching are a matter of time. People who complain of absolute ossification often come to the first classes — but you should have seen them after a few months of practice!
An experienced instructor always selects the load corresponding to the level of the student. When you pay due attention to stretching and relaxation, a pleasant “bonus” quickly arises, which rarely affects other types of physical activity, such as relieving tension and blocks, and most importantly, the absence of pain after training.
5. Yoga is a religion
No no and one more time no! Yoga is not a religion, but a set of time-tested first-class techniques that help to make the body and nervous system healthy. And in a healthy body, as we all know, a healthy mind.
And contrary to the common misconception among men, you don’t have to become a vegetarian. Yoga does not require abandonment of the usual diet. Of course, practicing yoga, we begin to be more attentive to ourselves, our body and environment, and sometimes changes in our diet occur. But this is a voluntary choice that makes our life better.