YOGA FOR MEN
Yoga is becoming increasingly popular with men who recognise how it can support them in very practical ways. As well as helping you get strong and flexible, yoga can also help you to recover from (and avoid) sports injuries, reduce stress, relieve back and neck pain and improve your general sense of well being.
Below is an extract from an article about Men’s Yoga in the Sydney Morning Herald:
“(there is a) growing number of men joining male-only pilates, yoga and fitness classes. And loving it. They say men’s classes provide a level playing field. Men’s bodies, men’s goals, men’s atmosphere. And possible a little less performance anxiety without women around.
Kevin Peckham teaches a men’s class at Adore Yoga in Mosman. He says men like the fact he is a male teacher who can understand their bodies and they may feel more comfortable exercising away from the ‘gym bunnies’.
One of his students is Rob Milne, who decided to try yoga when he saw the class advertised as male-only. “I used to do rugby-type exercises – press-ups for 15 minutes and then dart off running down the road. I was stiff and needed some stretching. Now I do my yoga stretches with my daughter and I am encouraging my son to do yoga.”
Milne was after improved flexibility but has found that yoga has rid him of sore knees and shoulders and decreased his stress levels. “It has benefited me in far more ways than I ever anticipated. It is about the whole person. I don’t want to sound like an ageing hippie, but more men should be doing this.”
Perhaps they are. In 2006, RMIT University surveyed 4000 yoga practitioners in Australia and found that in the more powerful and physical styles of yoga, nearly one in five yogis were men.”
At Adore Yoga, we offer men-only yoga classes that are designed for and by men. These classes are a fantastic introduction to yoga and focus on optimising benefits such as increasing strength and flexibility, reducing stress and improving general health. With a maximum of 6 students, you are guaranteed personalised instruction and great results. Beginners welcome and absolutely no flexibility required!