Plentyoffish dating forums are a place to meet singles and get dating advice or share dating experiences etc. Hopefully you will all have fun meeting singles and try out this online dating thing... Remember that we are the largest free online dating service, so you will never have to pay a dime to meet your soulmate.
     
Show ALL Forums  > Health Wellness  >      Home login  
 AUTHOR
 VakyxClone
Joined: 1/2/2008
Msg: 158
Why do so few men take part in yoga.?Page 7 of 10    (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)
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
view profile
History
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
Msg: 165
view profile
History
Why do so few men take part in yoga.?
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
Msg: 169
view profile
History
Why do so few men take part in yoga.?
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
Msg: 171
view profile
History
Why do so few men take part in yoga.?
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
Why do so few men take part in yoga.?
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
Why do so few men take part in yoga.?
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
Why do so few men take part in yoga.?
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
Msg: 175
view profile
History
Why do so few men take part in yoga.?
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
 James Bottomtooth III
Joined: 5/19/2008
Msg: 176
Why do so few men take part in yoga.?
Posted: 11/29/2009 11:30:40 AM

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)

Basing your opinion of a lifestyle by observing a small group of individuals on a dating site without the ability to verify their involvement of said activity will more than not give you a false result.


Maybe it would be better to form that opinion based on what the experienced members at Yoga centres look like.

Although the only true way you could be objective is try it for yourself, and see what it can do for your body.

Without either of those you are just providing an uneducated opinion.




Plus I stand by my opinion that in regards to yoga & (physical appearance).....one does not get much bang for the yoga buck.

FYI -
Cost of Yoga = $0.00
 DaveB951
Joined: 4/12/2008
Msg: 177
view profile
History
Why do so few men take part in yoga.?
Posted: 11/29/2009 12:43:23 PM

Maybe it would be better to form that opinion based on what the experienced members at Yoga centres look like.

My point exactly. You are suggesting that one has to go and see experienced upper level practioners to show any real signs of physical athleticism ? If that is the case.... then my point is well made. A few months of a mixture of dedicated calisthenics, weight lifting, cardio, track and field, etc. etc. will yield considerabe bang for the buck showing superb results in physical appearance without having to go and see experienced practioners.


Without either of those you are just providing an uneducated opinion.

Partially true and I will give you that. However, it is pretty safe to say that yoga alone does not give one a true athletic "appearance". Yes, yoga in conjunction with other techniques and disciplines one can have a very well balanced and rounded fitness regime resulting in an athletic look.


without the ability to verify their involvement of said activity

Point well taken and you are correct, however, in this particular environment, I have to go on their word....aka blind faith. I looked at all their profiles and came away with an opinion based on their age/ photos....an opinion as educuated as possible under these particular circumstances.


Cost of Yoga = $0.00

cost of:
push ups ... $ 0
chin ups ... $ 0
pull ups ... $ 0
dips between a set of chairs ... $ 0
jogging.... $ 0
sprinting ... $ 0
power walking .... $ 0
stair climbing ... $ 0
running up n down hills... $ 0
Leg thrusts ... $ 0
one legged squats ... $ 0
jumping off n on a raised platform... $ 0
walking lunges... $ 0
jumping lunges... $ 0
basic stretching... $ 0
shadow boxing ... $ 0
crunches .... $ 0
leg raises ... $ 0


the only true way you could be objective is try it for yourself, and see what it can do for your body.

I am beyond certain yoga has many health, physical and mental benefits and would be a fine addition to ones exercise routine..... or to even make it the core of ones routine, however that is not the query of this thread... it was about why more men do not participate. My 2 cents worth regarding the thread title is clearly stated. Others may differ.
 Vanders Mark
Joined: 11/4/2009
Msg: 178
Why do so few men take part in yoga.?
Posted: 11/29/2009 7:31:47 PM

Plus I stand by my opinion that in regards to yoga & (physical appearance).....one does not get much bang for the yoga buck.


So much focus on appearance...I guess you're right.
Maybe most men only work out to look good because they think it'll get them laid...they actually believe building up their ego is good for them, and would be completely lost and terrified if they took part in an activity that has the potential to surpress their ego.


Yes, yoga in conjunction with other techniques and disciplines one can have a very well balanced and rounded fitness regime


The key word there is balance.
Most men can't be bothered with true balance, it's all about doing the things that are considered "manly" by a culture that creates TV stations like Spike and garbage shows like Manswers...
 Edsta
Joined: 7/19/2008
Msg: 179
Why do so few men take part in yoga.?
Posted: 12/1/2009 8:36:40 PM

Most men can't be bothered with true balance, it's all about doing the things that are considered "manly" by a culture that creates TV stations like Spike and garbage shows like Manswers...


Yep...the hilarious fact is that any guy who spends a lot of time throwing around cliches involving the words "manly" or "masculine" is usually just plagued by deep sexual insecurity, poor thing. Underneath the tediously macho facade they are also more likely to be every bit as much "drama queens" as the stereotypical hysterical female or stereotypical homosexual, if not worse.
 ToughLuv1984
Joined: 9/2/2009
Msg: 180
Why do so few men take part in yoga.?
Posted: 12/2/2009 2:34:33 AM
I think its funny to see those huge guys at the gym who claim to be so 'fit' but they can't touch the side of their thighs because their biceps and triceps are so huge and touching their toes is an effort. Freakish.

Flexibility and endurance are two things that are oft neglected in today's gyms.
 scorpiomover
Joined: 4/19/2007
Msg: 181
view profile
History
Why do so few men take part in yoga.?
Posted: 12/2/2009 6:19:03 PM
RE Msg: 178 by DaveB951:
My point exactly. You are suggesting that one has to go and see experienced upper level practioners to show any real signs of physical athleticism ? If that is the case.... then my point is well made. A few months of a mixture of dedicated calisthenics, weight lifting, cardio, track and field, etc. etc. will yield considerabe bang for the buck showing superb results in physical appearance without having to go and see experienced practioners.
That's what I thought, until I took up doing Yoga every day for a few months. I stopped looking at how I was doing and just got on with it. Suddenly after 2 months, I had ridiculous strength and ridiculous definition. I had already been told that even doing serious weights and gym, it would take 6 months to see any real difference, and they are much more intense than doing Yoga. Considering that I went on a "no pain" attittude when doing Yoga, I should have got almost no results. Yet, I got super-strong and super-fit, super-quick.
 monalee1
Joined: 10/22/2007
Msg: 182
Why do so few men take part in yoga.?
Posted: 12/2/2009 9:14:35 PM
^^^^^ this is the most maddening thing about any Truth, unless a person tries it first hand they can never really give accurate feedback, just opinions and assumptions... yoga does make you super strong, super fit, super quick... blessings
Show ALL Forums  > Health Wellness  >