You love yoga when it's for your girlfriend or wife... but how about Yoga for the guy? Men, it's time to recognize that the same way that Yoga can aid the female in your life, it's especially great for men. Here's why:
However, anyone who has attented a yoga class lately can tell you yoga isn't a ladies-only thing. A new Harris poll commissioned by Yoga Journal suggests that men now make up 23 percent of America's 15 million enthusiasts. In fact, guys that take one yoga class per week or doing a couple of pre-workout poses can increase endurance, build strength, prevent injuries, and may even stave off heart disease.
How? "Men often suffer from tightness particularly in the hips, hamstrings, and shoulders that can lead to injury or weakness," says Baron Baptiste, creator of Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga and former assistant coach with the Philadelphia Eagles. "Over-training in any one sport can cause repetitive stress and other more serious injuries. Yoga is a full-body workout that creates both strength and flexibility. You need to have both. One without the other is a recipe for disaster." Not sure where to start? Practice these 10 poses in this order, which Baptiste says benefit men because they stretch out guys' tightest spots (like the shoulders and hips, and groin) and strengthen muscles that get no love during workouts (like the low back and knees). whether you want to do yoga on the bike trail or find yourself slipping in class. We recommend YogaPaws (The Yoga Mat You Wear) to keep you locked safely and comfortably in each pose.