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 capegardengirl
Joined: 4/29/2006
Msg: 151
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adistar...no competent yoga teachers asks you to hyper extend your muscles or spine...In fact, most tell you this is something you should NOT do.,,, My yoga teacher is constantly reminding us NOT to do this
Weight training for strength and flexibility is not any better for you and your joints than yoga.
In fact, weight training alone is more likely to cause injuries whereas a yoga teacher guilding you thru the moves and ensuring safety is actually much better for you and your joints and spine..
 dogle0072
Joined: 7/18/2009
Msg: 152
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Why do so few men take part in yoga.?
Posted: 8/5/2009 12:27:49 PM
I'm from a community that must be the exception from the norm. I've seen many men taking yoga classes. I am a man and I teach Tai Chi classes. However, for the most part, women outnumber men in my classes. I don't think men see it as a viable form of exercise, meaning "no pain no gain" or you have to sweat or it doesn't count. I'm hear to tell you, we sweat in my classes.

Their is also the spiritual aspect of both yoga and Tai Chi. Men don't seem as anxious to explore there inner selves. They also debunk the theory that there is more to life than what you see.
 Edsta
Joined: 7/19/2008
Msg: 153
Why do so few men take part in yoga.?
Posted: 8/5/2009 2:01:59 PM

he spent the first 11 years of his life in Israel and wasnt indoctrinated by the macho culture in the US


Interesting. During the six weeks I once spent in Israel, I thought Israeli guys were hugely macho. Part of the "warrior culture" of mandatory military service, being liable to die at any time...or so that's what a couple of them told me.

They certainly drive like maniacs. Though still not as bad as in Arab countries of course.
 wl425
Joined: 4/7/2009
Msg: 154
Why do so few men take part in yoga.?
Posted: 8/5/2009 9:27:30 PM

Weight training for strength and flexibility is not any better for you and your joints than yoga.
In fact, weight training alone is more likely to cause injuries whereas a yoga teacher guilding you thru the moves and ensuring safety is actually much better for you and your joints and spine..


Any activity has the potential to cause injury, although the individual is highly the cause of this due to overloading, progressing too soon.

Nothing is the be all, end all of fitness. However, what makes you think someone skilled in yoga can do a one legged squat weighted? How about muscleups or handstand pushups performed in gymnastics? The list goes on. Most won't be able to unless they have weighttraining/bodyweight training experience under their belt. A joint without strength is useless. Planning on doing full splits without resistance training? Say hello to joint instability and mulitiple groin, hamstring, and hip flexor issues you will have.

The body needs a balance of strength and flexibility. Too much flexibility in a joint is just as bad as too little flexibility. The key is a happy medium. Strengthen what needs to be strengthened, stretch what needs to be stretched. Don't overdo things, and the gains in those ares will come!!!!
 Vanders Mark
Joined: 5/14/2009
Msg: 155
Why do so few men take part in yoga.?
Posted: 8/5/2009 10:07:50 PM

The body needs a balance of strength and flexibility.


You know it...one day I might walk into a yoga class with a weight vest on...
 Ependa
Joined: 7/16/2009
Msg: 156
Why do so few men take part in yoga.?
Posted: 8/6/2009 1:18:53 AM
where I go, Bikram Yoga, I'd say it's average 25% men...some classes are half men. In India, yoga is prescribed as preventative and corrective treament and it is far more common than the west.
Not to be mean, but often the 'macho men' are the ones that are curled up in a corner before class is half through...that's okay though..some of them stick with it.
 AznxWater
Joined: 7/31/2009
Msg: 157
Why do so few men take part in yoga.?
Posted: 8/7/2009 6:42:10 PM
i take part in yoga. im horrible right now, but in a few months. i should be able to do it very well. only started like 3 weeks ago. only 2 sessions a week for an hour each session
 VakyxClone
Joined: 1/2/2008
Msg: 158
Why do so few men take part in yoga.?
Posted: 8/9/2009 8:54:08 PM
Ive wrestled for as long ive done yoga. People see them as different. I see it as one. One is more active and one is passive, representing two sides of the same coin.

Yoga is relaxing and fighting is also relaxing. One harmonizes your body with gravity, the other adds the gravity of another individual. Through the same posture and transitions, you reach a level of maturity between your mind,body and the world.

People wont see it that way, they need to break apart concepts, and try to make it stand alone, making it lose its original intent. Let them live and learn.
 capegardengirl
Joined: 4/29/2006
Msg: 159
Why do so few men take part in yoga.?
Posted: 8/10/2009 1:41:53 PM
"Do overdo things and the gains in those areas will come"
"The body needs a balance of strength and flexibility"
Exackly...Most yoga teachers say this all the time in classes and demonstrate how to do that...
Thats what I already said....A yoga teacher guiding one thru that and cautioning how to make that balance will say all that is the key and much better than simple weight lighting alone without that guidance.
 TheDao
Joined: 8/1/2009
Msg: 160
Why do so few men take part in yoga.?
Posted: 8/10/2009 7:01:40 PM
I do falun gong so there's no point is doing yoga.
 thatnickguy
Joined: 7/17/2008
Msg: 161
Why do so few men take part in yoga.?
Posted: 8/13/2009 7:53:28 AM
Personally, I love it. There's a DVD that I use at home that, by the end of the eighty minutes, I'm drenching in sweat. To say that this great exercise is for women only is ridiculous, because it's a great workout.
 chris0corp
Joined: 7/9/2009
Msg: 162
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Why do so few men take part in yoga.?
Posted: 8/13/2009 3:25:32 PM
Stretching and yoga is good for you. The problem is most guys that are into fitness are into weight lifting. A male is genetically bigger in the chest area while women are bigger in the hips. I am into weight lifting and keeping shape. The problem is that I work 8 hours a day, take care of my house, go to the grocery, surf the internet, take care of my cats, etc. I do not have the time in the day to do stretches or yoga.

Chris
 Vanders Mark
Joined: 11/4/2009
Msg: 163
Why do so few men take part in yoga.?
Posted: 11/12/2009 11:38:18 PM
One of the main goals of anybody who's halfway serious about yoga is to be unaffected by the fluctuations of the mind...in other words...mental & emotional stability & balance....

If you ask me...I'd say that's the pinnacle of masculinity
 Edsta
Joined: 7/19/2008
Msg: 164
Why do so few men take part in yoga.?
Posted: 11/13/2009 3:27:12 AM

One of the main goals of anybody who's halfway serious about yoga is to be unaffected by the fluctuations of the mind..


Yes! It's commonly referred to as "equanimity" in the yogic and Buddhist traditions.

Basically the opposite of the drama queens that most yoga-disparaging, self-proclaimed "masculine" men actually are, LOL.

 RickyGR
Joined: 10/9/2009
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Posted: 11/15/2009 10:28:14 AM
I have a couple of yoga dvd's. The reason I don't do them is because it kicks my ass. Holding positions is just torture. I prefer Pilates where you are always moving. I'm sure if I worked at it a while I could get the yoga down. Nothing unmanly about having a strong core.

The reason I wouldn't do a class is because I know I'd suck at it.
 Vanders Mark
Joined: 11/4/2009
Msg: 166
Why do so few men take part in yoga.?
Posted: 11/15/2009 11:16:06 AM

The reason I wouldn't do a class is because I know I'd suck at it.


If you're really interested in giving yoga a proper go...look for a studio that focuses on the Iyengar method...it truely is for everyone...I've got a disability and I'm still making progress...my teachers are really good at offering alternatives that allow me to work within my own limitations and still push for progress....

Look for teachers certified in the Iyengar method.

...and from my experience...an Iyengar class would be filled with women around your age...so it would be perfect for you....I gotta start trolling the hot yoga studios around town and start converting some younger gals to the Iyengar method...
 Scott3995
Joined: 11/7/2009
Msg: 167
Why do so few men take part in yoga.?
Posted: 11/15/2009 11:23:53 AM
You know what's worse than a man practicing yoga? ..........................Having to his his father that his sons gay.
 James Bottomtooth III
Joined: 5/19/2008
Msg: 168
Why do so few men take part in yoga.?
Posted: 11/15/2009 11:39:55 AM

You know what's worse than a man practicing yoga?

Yep.

A homophobic bodybuilder with poor spelling and grammar skills trying to be funny.
 InkyP
Joined: 10/27/2009
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Posted: 11/19/2009 3:58:27 PM


Yoga has saved my shoulders and back SO I COULD DO WEIGHT TRAINING!

Nothing more relaxing then an hour yoga class in the evening.
 Living Dharma
Joined: 10/16/2009
Msg: 170
Why do so few men take part in yoga.?
Posted: 11/21/2009 4:02:33 PM

I read that in India yoga is mainly partaken of by men, so why is the opposite true here in the west.?

Is it not seen as 'macho' enough to exercise in this way by the majority of men.?


I would say that the differences in culture have a lot to do with why yoga is more popular with men in India than it is with men in the West.

Yoga is an art, a science and a philosophy in countries like India. In essence it can be viewed as a way of life much like martial arts are for some Asian cultures.

In Yogic philosophy, Patanjali outlines an eight step path to enlightenment. Yoga as taught in the West focuses predominantly on step three (asanas - physical poses with breathwork). With yoga being more of a philosophy/way of life in India that has been around for thousands of years, it's practice is more widely accepted by both men and woman in my opinion.

Yoga as a form of exercise in the West is a fairly new concept in it's infancy (decades compared to many centuries). It takes patience to learn and time to experience the benefits. It also requires flexibility. Finally it is more of a supportive activity than a competitive activity. Perhaps in Western culture, these are aspects that attract women more than men.
 DaveB951
Joined: 4/12/2008
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Posted: 11/22/2009 2:58:12 PM
I have nothing against yoga. I do not practice yoga. If yoga works for someone then its all good...

But I think most of the problem is that from the get go the word " yoga" sounds gay....

Like in: Ooooh heeey Joe...I`m off to my yoga class. It just sounds gay/feminine/submissive which could be why it is not widely practiced by men in the US. Plus it does little to improve ones physical "appearance". One can practice yoga for decades and still look relatively average in physical appearance as opposed to practicing something more aggressive and sport a lean and athletic physique.
 James Bottomtooth III
Joined: 5/19/2008
Msg: 172
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Posted: 11/22/2009 3:06:54 PM

Like in: Ooooh heeey Joe...I`m off to my yoga class. It just sounds gay/feminine/submissive which could be why it is not widely practiced by men in the US. Plus it does little to improve ones physical "appearance". One can practice yoga for decades and still look relatively average in physical appearance as opposed to practicing something more aggressive and sport a lean and athletic physique.


Actually the lifestyle does allot to improve ones appearance, but that is not the focus of yoga and is only a side effect.

I agree, most people would rather do something that makes them look better than actually improving their bodies and mind thus improving their quality of life.
 Vanders Mark
Joined: 11/4/2009
Msg: 173
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Posted: 11/22/2009 10:57:24 PM

It just sounds gay/feminine/submissive



One of the main goals of anybody who's halfway serious about yoga is to be unaffected by the fluctuations of the mind


How does that sound feminine? Isn't it usually women who are flying off the handle over nothing? It's good to break free from those automatic responses social conditioning has planted in your head....
 monalee1
Joined: 10/22/2007
Msg: 174
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Posted: 11/29/2009 1:21:30 AM
hi.. there is nothing gay about Rodney Yee or Batista doing one handed push ups, feet not touching the floor... strength, symmetry, balance, endurance,, all athletic things .. one of the main health benefits of yoga is the benefits to the body systems like digestion, lympth, elimination, respiratory etc... if you have ever watched the movie Roadhouse with the late Patrick Swayze you would remember the on going line " I thought that you would be bigger".... Bruce Lee, yum, not a girly guy at all imho... blessings for health
 DaveB951
Joined: 4/12/2008
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Posted: 11/29/2009 10:39:07 AM
It's good to break free from those automatic responses social conditioning has planted in your head....

Well if you feel that strongly about social conditioning and using your mentality about the issue, then it would be safe to assume that you would feel comfortable wearing nylons, high heels and a short skirt.


Bruce Lee, yum, not a girly guy

Yoga was only a part of their many years of training, therefore to attribute their incredible physical condition and credit it to yoga would be quite unfair. Their training involved a wide range of techniques and disciplines...yoga was only a part of the whole, not the whole or even close to the whole. Just a part.

Plus I stand by my opinion that in regards to yoga & (physical appearance).....one does not get much bang for the yoga buck. I looked at many of the profiles on this thread from people who claimed to being using yoga for many years now and the majority look average in physical appearance and quite a few actually are overweight and soft ( which is the new U.S. average anyway). True, they might be in shape.... but they sure do not look the part.... which is my point.....I am sure yoga has many benefits.......... but a physique that sports an athletic, hard and lean appearance is not one of them..... which goes back to the title of this thread..... why not very many men participate. This is my personal opinion why...

Peace
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