So you may be you don`t know but for thousands of years men were the only yoga practitioners and teachers. But now you are asking yourself, “How can Yoga help me, or better yet why should I begin practicing Yoga?” Well, the first thing you need to know is that yoga for men is as important as for women and men actually need to practice Yoga. And more people of both sexes will practise yoga, the better.
With work, relationships, stress, family, exercising (mostly improperly) and sub-par diets, sometimes we need a “reset”, or reboot on life and our entire body. Yoga definitely provides that. But in case you’re still not convinced, here are a few more practical reasons.
• Reduction of lactic acid in the muscles due to a lifetime of lifting weights
Over the course of a man’s lifetime, lactic acid builds up in the muscle tissues. This is most often caused by weightlifting and neglecting to stretch properly. It can also be caused by inactivity and complacence. Stretching the muscles properly enables more blood and oxygen to enter the muscles tissues and remove the corrosive acid and toxins that have built up.
• Yoga is an integrative discipline
What this means is that when you practice Yoga, you’re never just working on one or two specific muscles like you are when you lift weights. Each Yoga posture works numerous muscles, all in concert with one another. Over time you will find that you have as much, if not more, strength than you had before (more, in our opinion). This type of strength is what’s known as “functional strength” which enhances the coordinated working relationships between networks of muscle groups.
• Yoga IS your secret weapon
Put simply, Yoga is what you do when you want to get even better at what you do. Play hoops with your boys on the weekend? Yoga will help you get the edge on them by bringing you newfound flexibility and stamina on the court. Are you a weekend football warrior in the park? Yoga will help you avoid or reduce downtime due to injury. Are you a road warrior in a highly competitive business environment? Yoga will help you to succeed and go the distance with new perspectives, insight and focus on your business.
If you practise any sports yoga is especially good for you. Read how yoga helps sportsmen in their training and achieving their goal.