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 DJKasper1981
Joined: 2/8/2007
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If you ever notice all the guys that do try yoga are usually older also. I for one never wanted to try yoga until I was around 26. Then it was just for something new to do. Although when I did try it I found it a very good workout. Even tho when I started I felt very weird about it. To me it a good warm up to wightlifting workout or good for after.

I'd recommend it for any guy who would like his stretching to be more intresting & tiring.
 Dr. Gazebo
Joined: 3/24/2008
Msg: 86
Why do so few men take part in yoga.?
Posted: 4/15/2009 9:32:48 PM
Its the same with hip hop classes. One dude. 30 women.
 crazy4mars
Joined: 2/9/2009
Msg: 87
Why do so few men take part in yoga.?
Posted: 4/15/2009 11:26:05 PM
It seems like we are unindated with a ton of yoga studios around here if your really serious you can go to a yoga boot camp. There are several different types of yoga and several modified versions of poses for every level. You can go expensive (private studios) or go cheap (community college, parks & rec. ctrs.) Yoga can change your body drastically. I have seen womens bodies thin out and elongate where they look taller and stronger. I work with athletes men/women who see the value of muscles support bones to create a strong flexible body. I know more men that do yoga than women. My women clients tend to move more towards pilates/ballet.
Men are always crabbing about not meeting women...well guys...go where the girls are...put on your t-shirt & sweats and take a yoga class.
 GottaDanse
Joined: 10/16/2008
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Why do so few men take part in yoga.?
Posted: 4/16/2009 1:06:50 AM
May be the same reason so many men refuse to dance.
 Peripheral Visionary
Joined: 4/9/2009
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Posted: 4/16/2009 2:35:47 AM
OK. So, a few weeks back I was wandering, and came upon a couple trying to manhandle a large box out of their car. Well, one was trying, the other was encouraging. I offered to help, and we took the thing to their to their yoga studio, and they told me they offer a free introductory class.

I replied that while I understood the benefits of yoga, and even do some exercises that are shamelessly stolen from it, I'd found the metaphysical aspect of it both unavoidable and unpalatable.

They laughed and laughed, and one of them said "Oh, don't worry, it's not like we're chanting chakras all night or anything. Come on down. We call it Karma Night."

And I said to her, I said "See? You lost me, right there."

I won't speak for men in general, because there's enough generalisations and cliches floating around, but for my part, that, in a nutshell is why I don't do yoga.
 OpenBSD
Joined: 4/10/2009
Msg: 91
Why do so few men take part in yoga.?
Posted: 4/16/2009 3:41:16 AM
Qigong is better anyways you don't have those crazy posture that yoga. More like the lines of tai chi.
 ZenBeth
Joined: 2/23/2009
Msg: 92
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Posted: 4/16/2009 12:58:00 PM
Statistically men who do yoga are better educated and better off financially, and as such very much manly me. But then they also know that the brain is the major sex organ. NY Giants , Benglas, 49ers, Denver Broncos have yoga classes and the Seattle Seahawks for hot yoga. Now there is a work out!

~Beth~
 Edsta
Joined: 7/19/2008
Msg: 93
Why do so few men take part in yoga.?
Posted: 4/17/2009 8:47:33 AM

May be the same reason so many men refuse to dance.


I beg to differ: some of us are born with zero rhythm and find it impossible to acquire any...even with tangible and juicy sexual rewards thrown into the equation.

Yoga on the other hand, is something anyone can learn and improve at!

 El_Mariachi
Joined: 4/21/2007
Msg: 94
Why do so few men take part in yoga.?
Posted: 4/18/2009 9:07:41 PM
Because it looks freaking funny?

I only do it because it's insanely relaxing (even though it's hard - I'm a beginner) and because I think my posture blows, which leads me to some pain. The yoga seems to kill the pain.

I don't think men want to relax when exercising. Sometimes women do.
 my happiness
Joined: 9/4/2007
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Posted: 4/18/2009 10:54:06 PM
Because its just stuff women do, like nitting and shopping for shoes
 Edsta
Joined: 7/19/2008
Msg: 96
Why do so few men take part in yoga.?
Posted: 4/30/2009 4:14:52 PM
Several posters on this thread desperately need to read this:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ed-and-deb-shapiro/why-is-yoga-so-misunderst_b_191698.html

 DH Guy
Joined: 4/27/2009
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Posted: 5/1/2009 10:34:14 PM
1. Same reason most men don't do ballet.

2. Antomically not as flexabale as females, so were unable to hold some of the poses. And yes, we can tell your snickering, although your holding a straight face!

3. We don't like the dirty looks, or the uncomfortable posturing that goes on when were positioned behind you. We can't help it if your hanging out of your clothes, or if you butt is in our line of vision. We don't intentionally look....at least not always.

4.We have more sensitive parts, that usually need repositioning for comfort, or from falling out of our shorts, and you girls get grossed out and offended when we do.

5. Men fart. We don't mind (isn't obvious by now). But we don't like the scowling, and dirty looks we get because of it.

6. Women fart. Women get embarrased, which makes us feel uncomfortable. Or sometimes well just snicker, but it's just out of nervousnous, well not always.

7. You have to get barefooted. Our feet stink! At least that what you always tell us.

8. Your feet stink, but were nice enough not to tell you.

9. Our shorts go up the crack of our b#tts during some of the posses. Were not to fond of the thong feeling, and again you girls get upset when we pick our shorts.

10. The poses are alot harder for men than for women. We don't mind being out done by a woman, we just don't like the hazing we get from our buddies (girl buddies as well. you know it happens!) for having been out done by a woman.

11. We don't like getting labelled as the creepy guy from yoga class. Unless the guy's gay, we always get the stank-eye because you girls think were looking at your butts, up you shorts, or up your shirts, ect. Or only taking the class to pick up women, which is generally true,...and every one knows it, because everyone knows GUYS DON"T DO YOGA!
 Lux Aeternum
Joined: 11/7/2008
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Posted: 5/2/2009 12:26:26 AM
I will go to yoga if my girlfriend wants me to, mainly because it's something we can share. But I do my flexibility in karate class, my strength training in a gym, and my meditation alone.

I might go by myself if I needed to meet someone new...
 strawberry_jam
Joined: 1/29/2009
Msg: 99
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Posted: 5/2/2009 4:32:57 AM
An interesting observation, OP.


One reason might be:

probably because of the usual reason so many men are afraid of 'new' or 'different' things, they are DEATHLY afraid it might look "gay"..or "someone" MIGHT 'accuse' them of not being 110% 'straight'..

EGADS! "someone" might question their masulinity/sexuality?

can't have that..must..eat.. raw meat torn off an animal while still alive..and..grunt.. and communicate through mono-syllables ..LOL


I know it's somewhat tongue-in-cheek, but it somehow just doesn't seem to be a guy thing. Sort of like dancing. Culturally, it's not something that we are used to. So if a guy were really clever, he could take up both yoga and ballroom dancing and be a very popular guy indeed.

Regards

M
 Motto_Bella
Joined: 8/15/2008
Msg: 100
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Posted: 5/2/2009 4:33:49 AM
Some men think yoga is too feminine for their taste (ego). I had this discussion w/a few of my male friends. The ones who think it's *gay* have never participated (go figure). The others - well, I recruited them to *try it* - (think "child pose"). The good news: They haven't missed a class since! I say, don't knock it until you try it.. then, and only then may you have an opinion about yoga!
 Ottawa_Misfit
Joined: 7/26/2007
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Posted: 5/2/2009 10:42:19 AM
I think it takes a little long to get to the point personally. Thorough stretching can be accomplished in 15 minutes. I have no need to be able to bend extraordinarily, just be able to move without stiffness. I find a hard strenous workout is much more effective at releasing frustrations and centering myself... but man, those yoga pants the ladies and wear from Lululemon.. ..
 FreschFisch
Joined: 4/5/2009
Msg: 102
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Posted: 5/2/2009 2:38:57 PM
STEREOTYPING!!!

Its gay, men are baboons and incapable, blah blah

You guys want a better total workout than days in a gym try a 90 minute power class... You won't even notice the girls in there butt....

You'll sweat 5 pounds and it will improve your lifting, running, riding, and sexual stamina. Proven facts...

My focus is on getting through the class... Now I can't do the gentle yoga.. It bores me beyond belief and why do I want to focus while Im mostly sitting or standing still?! I could do that without going to a class! Kum-bay-Yah... barf.. calm me a baboon or ADHD but if Im going to workout I want and expect results!

Guys if you like the challenge for yourself try a "Power" class. You'll learn focus on every muscle fiber in your body (almost) because you will be using them... You won't even notice all that sweet stuff around you until you make it through.. Then... go on a date :) It's kind of like Viagra (but what do I know). Reports say Yogis have the best sex... For most women I think its relaxation. For us men.. Blood flow is important. and most of the time... I can touch my elbows to my toes...

Brave new world guys. You'd be surprised the women that do yoga. All sizes and intelligences not just the earthy girls. Like a girl who knows herself? There you go
 NastyJerk
Joined: 4/18/2009
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Posted: 5/3/2009 11:26:04 AM

send out "men are unwelcome" signs in their body language


Sometimes it is not just signs via body language. I took part in water aerobics about 15 years ago. I was the only man in a class with six women; we were all part of the first class offered at a public school. Everything was fine for a couple years. One evening, two women walked into the pool area while we were warming up. They saw me and left. A couple days later the instructor told me that they had complained to her that there was a man in the "women's" water aerobics class. She told them that this was not a "women's" class and that I had been part of it since the beginning. They then complained to the facility instructor, who told them the same thing.
 charminC
Joined: 3/29/2009
Msg: 104
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Posted: 5/3/2009 11:46:18 AM
They saw me and left. A couple days later the instructor told me that they had complained to her that there was a man in the "women's" water aerobics class. She told them that this was not a "women's" class and that I had been part of it since the beginning. They then complained to the facility instructor, who told them the same thing.
^^
what a bunch of fuddie duddies
I personally notice a difference in a man who partakes in yoga. All positives
So it isactually folly on man's part to not take advantage of yoga's benefits which truly serves both health and wellness.
On the upside, despite OP's question, I am noticing more participating men compared to say, 10 years ago.
 OttawaVoyageur
Joined: 3/3/2009
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Posted: 5/5/2009 6:50:52 AM
Personally, I like yoga, but really, it isn't a social sport at all. It's not like people run out for coffee afterwards or have a chance to hang out.

That's why I run a series of canoe paddles with bbqs afterwards in the Ottawa-Gatineau area, Spring through Fall and then skiing in the Winter. If anyone is interested in coming out, please contact me and I can tell you when our next outing is.
 edibleyetindigestible
Joined: 5/2/2009
Msg: 106
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Posted: 5/6/2009 8:30:55 AM
I tried it but kept falling over for weeks.
 zarathustra00
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Posted: 5/9/2009 5:21:28 AM
I took a power yoga class for about 6 months. After that I just began stretching on my own for 15-20 min incorporating some of the stretches I learned from there. I had lower back problems too and the teacher herself confirmed that yoga wasn't really the best for that.

And yeah, I did first take the class because I thought the instructor was cute.


I'm also a little skeptical about how effective it is, I know girls who have taken yoga for years and still can't touch their toes


Just like anything else, they have to learn to still push themselves even in the class. Just like all the regular gym rats, many you wouldn't even be able to tell ever touched weights but that doesn't negate the effectiveness of proper resistance training.
 Steel Phoenix
Joined: 2/20/2005
Msg: 109
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Posted: 5/9/2009 9:42:57 AM
I practice yoga through a distance learning program. I generally will not attend a local in-person class for a few of the reasons men above have noted, namely the subtle unfriendliness of many of the women there. I'm there to learn and improve myself, and that sort of thing is not condusive to a relaxing, enjoyable learning environment. Plus, the classes I learn are more in depth than much of what one might find in a "run of the mill" yoga studio, and I learn from several different styles of yoga as well.

I can understand a lot of men's unwillingness to participate in yoga. I do enjoy it, but but it isn't for everyone, and some styles men may like aren't available in all areas. Yoga is just one of many activities I take part in, including Wing Chun Gung Fu and Wushu and Qigong. I used to be an avid powerlifter and still lift weights, but I have modified my training regimen so I can get the benefits of different kinds of activities and systems.
 localvanboy
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Posted: 5/11/2009 1:22:34 AM
I just started taking yoga at the suggestion of my massage therapist! I started my first class back in June 2008. The only reason why I even considered yoga was because my shoulders and upper back were usually pretty tense! (a good sign that I was spending waaaaaaay too much time in front of my computer! )

She suggested I take some yoga. So I did! My first week in class was brutal. I was stretching muscles that I haven't used in what seemed like decades! My legs were sore and could barely walk!

But I persisted. Now almost a year later, I have to admit it was one of the best things I could have taken!
I think it's really helped me with my tennis and my hockey! Hey it never hurts to be more flexible anyways!

But it was developing my weak core strength. I think that alot of guys and girls have weak core strength. I know I certainly did!

What I have learned about yoga? It's NOT cardio. It's NOT muscle building. It's NOT about loosing weight.

What has it done for me? It has help me with flexibility (very important as we all get older!), being more calm (great cuz we live in a world that is very hyper!). More focused and better core strength.

I'm sure that there are other benefits that go along with practising yoga, but for now, I would strongly suggest it for all the guys out there! It's not to replace your cardio or weight lifting, but an addition to it!

Just my 2 cents worth about yoga!
 YogaRob
Joined: 3/14/2009
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Posted: 5/15/2009 7:34:40 AM
Many of you that have posted have no clue what Yoga is designed for. A very integral part of Yoga is breathing. Weight lifting cannot be compared to Yoga at all. Yoga for the most part will move all your muscles during a well designed practice. Notice..Practice..it's not a religion or a workout..you set your own boundries. I am a teacher and have practiced Yoga all over the world in beautiful settings and will never step foot in a gym again. Yoga not only improves strength but establishes a good foundation for balance.
One of my Yoga teachers is world renown , is 91 and has a hip replacement and you would never know it. Its hard to open the eyes, minds and hearts of macho guys who like to elevate their testosterone playing with weights. My body is chiseled all over from Yoga and I'm constantly oogled by my female classmates many of them younger..but the older woman who are lean and flexible are hottt!
It takes time to get into it..but once it does you will totally enjoy it. Namaste
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