Many men find yoga to be an intimidating sport. Seeing women on social media twisting and curving may be attractive to most, but to try it themselves is tantamount to impossible, so they think. Yoga is effective for physical flexibility, and it is definitely not set just for women. Yoga brings forth relaxation and a sense of attention to self with both physical and mental attributes. This means, yoga is for women, children, and yes, men, too.
Men, the ones who are conscious about their overall health, tend to have high standards when it comes to their well-being. Most think, for example, training at the gym is the end all be all. Yet, the concept of body, mind and soul when it comes to overall health, must be thoughtfully acquired in order for the different forms of exercise to be truly effective.
Just as you would when you practice a cardio routine or when you’re doing weight-bearing exercises, you must think about your breathing. Breathing is an important component to practicing yoga successfully. The awareness of the breath is what puts yoga into 1st gear. Whether working out in a gym or joining a gal pal for a yoga session, movement with the breath not only keeps the physical movement balanced with the body work, air flow and muscles; it helps them to work in synchronicity. This leads to the awareness that your muscles are being massaged by your rhythmic breathing practices.
Another added benefit to yoga, no matter your sex, is it forces you to pay attention to inhalations and respirations and relaxes your mind. When your mind is focused on your breathing, you can push yourself each time to stretch a little further.
For beginners, any slight pain you might endure is more bearable when you concentrate on your breathing. Yoga also helps the body to open and awaken muscles that other activities like CrossFit and running might not.
While most men who choose to live a healthy lifestyle see fitness as constant movement, relaxation is essential to an equally balanced life. With yoga, sitting still, paying attention to your thoughts is a way to center your life spiritually, professionally, and socially. This is called meditation. Think of it as mental fitness. In a yoga class, an instructor or yogi will guide you to mental intention settings usually based on love, success, and positive goals to set your life journey, very much akin to the saying ‘what you think, you become’. Studies have proven that guided meditations have set the tone for a more productive, happy, and healthy life.
Research the best yoga positions for men. For example, The Warrior Pose physically keeps you balanced and holding firm, while mentally, you feel wholeheartedly that you are strong enough to conquer the battle field on earth. It’s a way of grounding you to your life and what matters most. Daily meditations equally keep you highly intuitive to life’s obstacles.
The most honorable man in the world, the King of Kings, Emperor Haile Selassie I, was known for devoting himself to longer periods of daily meditation as part of his spiritual practice. During his visible reign, he managed to create a new age economy in Ethiopia and established the African Union, building a global alliance in the efforts of creating world peace among the community. Having accomplished so much within his time is worth looking delving into in-depth for inspiration. You’ll find that ultimately his rooted resilience came to his moments of stillness to meditate and reflect.
by Fabienne Claude.