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 edibleyetindigestible
Joined: 5/2/2009
Msg: 106
Why do so few men take part in yoga.?Page 5 of 10    (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)
I tried it but kept falling over for weeks.
 Pathles Chausen
Joined: 8/23/2005
Msg: 107
Why do so few men take part in yoga.?
Posted: 5/6/2009 8:15:23 PM
I think the issue here is that men exercise with a purpose, and that purpose is not fulfilled by yoga. Yoga is mostly about flexibility and meditation, most guys exercise to lose weight, gain muscle, or train for a specific sport.

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
 zarathustra00
Joined: 4/28/2009
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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
Why do so few men take part in yoga.?
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
Joined: 9/11/2006
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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
 Mystie_Dragonfly
Joined: 4/8/2009
Msg: 113
Why do so few men take part in yoga.?
Posted: 5/15/2009 8:48:13 AM

A very integral part of Yoga is breathing. Weight lifting cannot be compared to Yoga


The breathing training I have learned in Yoga has helped me be able to focus and lift the higher weights in weight lifting. It's helped me enjoy cardio far more. I don't pant out of breath when I run up some flights of stares.

I don't understand why more lifters don't incorporate at least 20 mins of Yoga into their daily regiment.

Yoga has also taught me that nothing worth achieving comes over night. It's helped me not get frustrated when I only lose a pound a week. Reaching the goal of a deeper pose takes months... sometimes years. So does losing weight. So does lifting high weights. So does going from two sets of ten to 3 sets of 15.

Yoga reminds me to be still... and be aware.. and say "So be it".


Its hard to open the eyes, minds and hearts of macho guys who like to elevate their testosterone playing with weights.


This is kind of sad. To me anyway. Their lifting could improve by leaps and bounds with the added practice of Yoga.


Namaste


Namaste :)
 JustAManWithAPlan
Joined: 10/28/2008
Msg: 114
Why do so few men take part in yoga.?
Posted: 5/15/2009 11:13:25 AM

Yoga is a bit like the cross trainer at the gym. A lot of guys think it's more of a woman's thing. A man doing a 'woman's thing' = gay. Basically

I think your on to something there... I mean there is a reluctance for guys at gyms to try new things
Cardio equipment = legitamte
Lifting weights = manly
Group exercise classes = not so sure about

Me I don't care I do all of the above and I feel like I have benefited tremendously by integrating cardio kick boxing and yoga classes into weekly workout routine. I am so much more flexible now, and I have much greater balance strength it also doesn't hurt that there are some definite hotties in the group classes
 vanamal
Joined: 10/7/2008
Msg: 115
Why do so few men take part in yoga.?
Posted: 5/15/2009 11:50:19 AM
To say we do not appreciate the benefits is not fair, nor is it fair for you to say it takes a bit of INTELLIGENCE and willingness to engage in subtle beneficial acts... Some of us realize weightlifting is only one dimension to achieving our goals, but then we have to think that yoga is similar by nature... you must be connected with your-self to go to the gym, take a class (yoga/cycling/circuit training) or play a sport day or in and out. Your comment definitely opens up the battle ground...

It's not as if men simply go to the gym to grunt and leave haha.... we go to the gym and lift weights because, to attain the goals we desire, lifting weights gets us there faster. As a side note, stretching (or yoga) is often neglected by both genders entirely, while it is highly beneficial for everyone... why do so many people choose not to stretch? Convenience maybe, who knows... Each person is going to have a different answer to/not to stretch, do yoga or anything for that matter. For some yoga is silly, others feel their sexuality is challenged, some see no benefits in taking yoga at all or the benefits of yoga are not relative. Others who take part in yoga feel the benefits are absolute so they take it... IMO this is an impossible question to answer because the root of it is subjective... as time progresses, you will notice a trend that more males are taking yoga classes, even if it is to just meet women haha.
 koolfundad
Joined: 9/19/2008
Msg: 116
Why do so few men take part in yoga.?
Posted: 5/16/2009 8:35:59 AM
Could be that most of us men think that Yoga is for woman and that is easy and then when you actually take a class it kicks their butts. LOL

I know cause thats what I used to think until I did the P90X workout and it has an hour and a 20 minutes of Yoga and it kicked my soory ass....
 TallDarkPassionate
Joined: 5/13/2009
Msg: 117
Why do so few men take part in yoga.?
Posted: 5/16/2009 4:07:38 PM
I've been doing yoga 3 - 4 times a week for over a year now.

Now, I will admit I was very reluctant at first, and only tried it because a woman friend of mine had tried a power spin class that I suggested.

I ended up getting into it though, however often times out of a class of 30 or so, I am the only straight man there. As far as why I think this is, some of it has been pointed out by others:

1. I go to the gym to workout, if I wanted a spiritual experience I'd go to church or a brewery. So, it is a turn off for me when the instructors start bringing a lot of the spiritual side of yoga into class. I can respect the history and heritage of yoga, but most guys aren't going to want the whole mind / body / spirit package deal, and would rather just focus on the fitness benefits that a practice has to offer. Luckily, however, there are plenty of instructors who focus on a more fitness focused workout, and I often work up a good sweat during class.

2. It can be too easy, depending on the instructor. When the class focuses too much on calm breathing, and stretching your neck while seated, it can feel like a waste of time. Once again, just figure out which instructors teach a class geared more towards your style and goals, and you can achieve a good workout doing yoga.

3. It can raise questions about your masculinity. As silly as this sounds, it is true. Like I said, often times I find that I am the only straight guy in the class, however maybe I am just perceiving some of the other guys as gay because they are in a yoga class? Perhaps they perceive me the same way? And who knows what the women in class think? For the most part guys are working out to enhance their masculinity, and maybe they see practicing yoga as counter to this goal.

4. While there may a certain benefit to being one of a few guys in a class full of lithe, toned, fitness oriented women, you have to remember that these are yoga girls, and perceptions run both ways. Guys may avoid yoga because they see the women that practice it as the granola munching, crystal healing, hippie drum circle type, and that may not be their cup of tea. Now, I have met and dated aa few women from my yoga classes, and there is some truth to this stereotype, but of course not all the people in the class are going to fit into this mold, myself included.

I would recommend giving yoga a try in addition to a resistance training and cardio based routine as part of a general fitness regimen, for guys and girls. My only additional advice would to be to try out several different instructors, because the practice can vary wildly depending on who is leading it.
 Edsta
Joined: 7/19/2008
Msg: 118
Why do so few men take part in yoga.?
Posted: 5/17/2009 4:24:57 AM
My only additional advice would to be to try out several different instructors, because the practice can vary wildly depending on who is leading it.


Absolutely true.

The "yoga" taught in most health clubs, esp. the national chain clubs like Ballys and 24HR-Fitness, is a sad sad joke.

If you want to experience REAL yoga, go to a dedicated yoga studio where yoga is their bread and butter, you'll have a much better chance of finding decent instructors.

The most obvious and critical sign of a good yoga instructor: they have you do the same poses over and over, with each pose held for a decent length of time (at least 5 full breaths), and constantly walk around the class to individually correct students' posture.

The lazy/ incompetent teachers will just stay at the front of the room doing ten dozen different poses for ten seconds each while babbling incoherent, woo-woo instructions. It's like they're having their own personal stretching session, and the students are just along for the ride.

And whatever you do, beware of "Flow" yoga classes, where you fly through one pose to another while listening to some hideous New Age or (if you're TRULY unlucky) dance music...if you don't hurt yourself, you'll end up never learning how to do any of the poses with correct form, which means you'll only get a fraction of the potential benefits.
 Vanders Mark
Joined: 5/14/2009
Msg: 119
Why do so few men take part in yoga.?
Posted: 5/17/2009 10:25:48 PM

But it was developing my weak core strength.


When I wasn't "in the know" I would have never guessed in a million years that yoga would reveal major strength inadequacies....found out just how pathetic my core strength was when I attempted a proper hand stand...

Preventing injury isn't on the top of most guys lists when it comes to working out...I tried it out mainly as an alternative therapy for a disability...I'll never go back to passive stretching again....


If you want to experience REAL yoga, go to a dedicated yoga studio where yoga is their bread and butter


I would add that it's also good to look for certifications. The instructors at the studio I go to are certified in the Iyengar method, and I've had a very positive experience there.
 carrickknot
Joined: 3/30/2009
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Posted: 5/22/2009 12:01:32 PM

So if a guy were really clever, he could take up both yoga and ballroom dancing and be a very popular guy indeed.


Hah! I've done both (yoga & ballroom), and I can't tell if the women are impressed or intimidated!

Fortunately for me, I guess at some point in yoga I got past caring what the women think and just do it for myself. I find 90 min in yoga to be about as debilitating as 90 min in the gym. I get out of it what I put in.

I'm not gay (pretty sure ). I'm fairly "manly": done all the normal guy stuff - played rugby for 25 years, got bloody knuckles from smacking the bag, BJJ and boxing... and I've done heavy lifting; not powerlifter heavy, but way more than everyday - Olympic (1.5 x bodymass cleans) and "Westside" (2 x bodymass squatting ass to matt). So for me to judge 90 min of yoga as ravaging as 90 min of lifting, you can trust me: it IS. My heart rate goes to maximal, I pour out a litre of sweat, I end up drinking another two, I lay in final savasana relieved it's ended, and I recoil for days after. I've done Bikram yoga 15 days in a row, and doubles in a day a bunch of times. It becomes a lifestyle like lifting is. And the two compliment one another. I'm more flexible than 90% of the women in most sessions I attend. Women may in general be more flexible than men, but I'm not convinced that men don't have the potential to be as flexible as any woman.

Yoga is more about releasing than about taking in; more about relaxing than contracting. The reason it's so difficult for me to get into an asana is that my muscles aren't used to releasing the space. The amount of strength, stamina, and masculinity for yoga is huge. In fact, I'm surprised women do it at all, being so girly!

Men who aren't willing to do it are that way because they don't understand it.
 Edsta
Joined: 7/19/2008
Msg: 121
Why do so few men take part in yoga.?
Posted: 5/23/2009 2:23:56 AM
In fact, I'm surprised women do it at all, being so girly!

Men who aren't willing to do it are that way because they don't understand it.


All true.

Yoga began and continues in India as a male-dominated practice.

It's female-dominated in the West (though most of the top yoga instructors are males, interestingly enough) only because the average mainstream-brainwashed Western male is too ignorant and/or insecure to do it.

That sounds harsh, but is simply true.
 crepit
Joined: 4/21/2009
Msg: 122
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Posted: 5/23/2009 2:53:09 PM
I like hanging out in the back row taking in the scenery. J/K
 ByronKH
Joined: 4/30/2009
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Posted: 5/24/2009 7:02:30 AM
I did it because of an injury I suffered on the soccer field. It works wonders for strengthening and helping your body as you get older.

Someone mentioned the Power 90x DVDs. I did the yoga DVD but didn't enjoy it much as it seemed a bit to testosterone driven! Tony was a bit too "gung ho" for my liking. However, it was a heck of a good workout.
 jumpingonleaves
Joined: 12/24/2008
Msg: 124
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Posted: 5/26/2009 1:46:22 PM
I agree with the "manly" attitude towards yoga. I incorporate yoga into my workout regiment for the flexibility. I've been a bit intimidated by hot yoga because regular yoga is hard enough but it's something I plan on trying soon.
 BlocksTheColdWind
Joined: 12/28/2008
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Posted: 5/27/2009 9:44:05 PM
Because I've tried it and understand it's giving more of an emotional boost rather than a physical boost after wards. "I feel good it must be good for me" Which explains why women like it. Guys see it rationally and don't like it because it's easier than a real workout and gives less results.

We've reached the end of the post/ exercise/ journey, now listen to me talk softly with oriental music playing while you lie down with your eyes closed.
 Sound_Girl
Joined: 3/22/2009
Msg: 126
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Posted: 5/27/2009 9:57:16 PM
I do some yoga and pilates on my own at home. I got a few minutes preview of a class at a gym I used to be a part of. It was steel yoga. You think you don't build muscle that way? You're a fool then, haha. I know plenty of people who can lift weights and do reps, but how many of those same people can get in a yoga stance and hold the weights completely steady for 3-5 minutes at a time? It was a lot harder than it looked. I wish the classes at the school gym were free for students like they were originally advertised because I'm poor haha.

Just saying though, it's a misconception that you won't see results, if you stick with it long enough, just like any other form of working out, you will.
 Vanders Mark
Joined: 5/14/2009
Msg: 127
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Posted: 5/28/2009 12:48:54 AM

Guys see it rationally and don't like it because it's easier than a real workout and gives less results.


Guys with no control over their ego's don't like it....go ahead...pump up that upper body...lie back on those benches...push them dumbells...one day you'll injure yourself something fierce cause you never work your core....and no....sit ups aren't the best core exercises.....

hehehehehe "REAL" workout... 75% of the guys in the gym have no clue what a real workout is...just a bunch of inflated egos making themselves look pretty....
 carrickknot
Joined: 3/30/2009
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Posted: 5/28/2009 6:57:51 AM

Guys see it rationally and don't like it because it's easier than a real workout and gives less results.


A session in yoga is as difficult as the degree of effort you put in.

What is a "real" workout?
And what "results" are you expecting?

Yoga gives the results of yoga. Weights give the results of weights. Running gives the results of running. No, you can't expect a great degree of size change with yoga if you train with heavy resistance. But you can certainly get more tone, balance, and innervation of entire groups through yoga.

And if you don't find it difficult, you're probably going to where you sorta feel stretched, but just stop and sit there staring at some babe. There is no end point in perfecting each asana. If you truly ARE so advanced that you're a master in every posture and can transcend, then please, Yogi, teach me!
 carrickknot
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Posted: 5/28/2009 8:35:39 AM
Okay, here's a comparison to consider...

Finding a yoga session easy means you aren't working to your own potential, just like if you train in the gym, but use weight lighter than makes you put in the effort. So it's like if I go to the gym and press 150 for 5 reps, when I'm actually able to press 225 for 5, then coming out and saying resistance training with weights is too easy and "for girls." I recommend guys focus on the physical part of yoga and see if they can master it. At some point along the way, if it's a little bit funny - that feeling inside - then maybe your Spirit is awakening as well. If not, so what?...

But I'd challenge ANY guy who has never been to yoga before. You think it's easy? Let's meet in L.A., and we're going to take a session with Bikram Choudry. 104F, 65%+ humidity, 90 minutes with one of the least sensitive Yogis you might ever meet, and we're gonna tell him that you think yoga is easy, and better for women.

If you make it through the session, and he's impressed by you, then I'll pay for your whole trip!
 agent_ozzy
Joined: 5/22/2009
Msg: 130
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Posted: 5/28/2009 9:41:42 AM
I would do yoga but I dont really have the time, and I wouldnt want to do it alone. I never really thought of how many of what sex did yoga.
 JustAManWithAPlan
Joined: 10/28/2008
Msg: 131
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Posted: 5/28/2009 12:22:12 PM

I would do yoga but I don't really have the time, and I wouldn't want to do it alone. I never really thought of how many of what sex did yoga.
Get a gym membership, many of them have Yoga and other classes you could take
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