Yoga for Men

Yoga is

... based on a holistic approach to the human being and the practice includes body movement, conscious breathing and awareness exercises. Through the practice of yoga the body is strengthened, muscles and joints become more flexible and balance, endurance and relaxation are improved.

Yoga is for men too!

Many men consider Yoga, Pilates, Tai Chi and similar workouts to be exclusively for women. Yet in India, where yoga originated, yoga has been practised mostly by men for thousands of years. Yoga is an excellent way for men to look after their bodies and relax their minds.

Yoga complements your sport

Weight training combined with yoga can produce better results than weight training alone. Asana practice will allow for more flexibility and will relax the muscles while pranayama (breathing exercise) helps to keep the health vibrant and can be of benefit to the nervous system.

Yogasana (yoga postures) help recovery from sporting activities

Practicing yogasana will help offset the physical irregularities acquired from sporting and other physical activities. For example, asymmetrical body usage results in the overdevelopment or overuse of one side of the body in sports such as golf, tennis and badminton. Asana can help by loosening tightness in the muscles bringing the body back into its natural alignment.

Top male athlete's practise yoga

Yoga is practiced by many high profile sportsmen including tennis player Andy Murray and, 2009 BBC sports personality of the year, footballer Ryan Giggs.
See Ryan Giggs' Debt to Yoga from the Guardian Newspaper and Stretch to fit - an article from The Times about Andy Murray

Benefits of Yoga compared to Conventional Cross-training

(Source: Health Benefits of Yoga article by Trisha Lamb for the International Association of Yoga Therapists)

Yoga Cross-training
Parasympathetic nervous system dominates Sympathetic nervous system dominates
Sub-cortical regions of brain dominate Cortical regions of brain dominate
Slow dynamic and static movements use muscles more effectively and safely Rapid forceful movements often using momentum
Normalization of muscle tone Increased muscle tension
Low risk of injuring muscles and ligaments Higher risk of injury
Lower calorie consumption Moderate to high calorie consumption
Effort is minimized and relaxed whilst effects are maximised Effort is maximised
Energising (breathing is natural or controlled) Fatiguing (breathing is taxed)
Balanced activity of opposing muscle groups Imbalanced activity of opposing muscle groups
Non-competitive and process oriented Competitive, goal-oriented
Awareness is internal (focus is on the breath, the moment, and the infinite) Awareness is external (focus is on 'reaching the toes', reaching the finish line, etc.)
Limitless possibilities for growth in self-awareness and self-belief Good for overall fitness and a crucial part of the regime to build explosive strength.

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