Yoga and the Stigma for Men

Something that is becoming increasingly more accepted as time goes by is this, Yoga is now not just for women. In fact, it is proving to be more beneficial to overall health and function in men. There has always been a stigma surrounding men doing yoga, along with the benefits for men. Some misconceptions are that yoga doesn’t build muscle, it just tones. Yoga, when done the right way, is some of the heaviest, most stress inducing, muscle building workouts you will ever encounter. Yoga, can not only help you get bigger, but actively assist you in improving your functional strength.

In today’s society the fitness culture revolves around how can I get the most results in the shortest possible time? Because of this, men avoid yoga because it takes time. The truth is, realistic goals take time, and we are a culture of instant gratification that doesn’t favour “hard work pays off”.

The flexibility and muscle control gained from a regular yoga practice has filtered into the highest levels of sport. The NFL champions, Seattle Seahawks, have an in-house yoga teacher and have made yoga practice and meditation mandatory for all their players, with the results obviously paying off. Two-time NBA champions LeBron James, and Kevin Garnett, as well as LeBron’s teammate, Kevin Love. What these athletes have realised, is that peak training alone can put a terrible amount of wear and tear on your body. By incorporating regular yoga practice, these athletes have been able to maintain their durability through the stresses and requirements of an incredibly high level of play. Anyone who participates in a rigorous or physically demanding training routine can reap these benefits, just the same as these top-tier athletes.

While regular yoga does improve your flexibility, it also improves your mobility. Mobility is the combination of motor control (muscular activation and biomechanics) and range of motion (flexibility). Yoga assists in improving this mobility so the body is able to move through Range of motion with appropriate muscle control reducing injury risk. With how sedentary our lifestyles are now, we become movement restricted which reduces function and makes us more susceptible to injury.

With the amount of sedentary activity, coupled with high stress jobs, men in Australia need something that builds muscle, promotes movement and can reduce stress. Yoga ticks all these boxes and provides a multitude of long term holistic health benefits when practiced regularly. For more information or topics like this, please head to our website www.absolutebalance.com.au or you can contact Absolute Balance at info@absolutebalance.com.au for any queries.

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Luke Bell (B.Sc. Exercise and Sports Science, B.Sc. Exercise Science and Rehabilitation)

Exercise Consultant – Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP) (ESSAM)

Ph: 08 9244 5580 M: 0432 667 115 Fax: 08 9244 5582

 

Reference:

Logan Herlihy, 2015 May 11, 6 Yoga Myths for Men That Are Turning Them Off To Trying It Out, Retrieved from URL http://elitedaily.com/life/even-yoga-bro/1021602/, June 2017.

2014, August 17, Bending the Gender Bias: Yoga Dudes Share Their Stories, Retrieved from URL https://yoga.com/article/bending-the-gender-bias-yoga-for-men, June 2017.