Isn’t Yoga Mainly for Women?

We now live in a time when the line that separates men and women from what they can do and cannot do has become a little blurred. That’s because men can now do what women can and vice versa without earning the ire of the society. Men can sport long hair, women can excel in sports, men can stay at home and tend the kids, women can go out there and run companies. It’s the same for yoga. It’s not just for women anymore.

Yoga, which has existed for more than 5,000 years now, has been perceived in the western world as a fitness program for women. It’s probably because it involves meditation and a lot of stretching. Men think that their form of exercise should be rigid and physically demanding like football, running, weightlifting or basketball.

But did you know that yoga has long been used by men? In fact, one of the most popular types of yoga today—the hot yoga— was created by a man. Bikram Choudhury developed his own unique style of yoga in the 1970s after he was debilitated by a severe knee injury and almost couldn’t walk. He found the solution in yoga. Within six months of intense yoga therapy, he was back on his feet.

And from this, he got the inspiration to develop a new kind of yoga, one that is done inside a heated room for intensified effects. The room is to be heated at 100 degrees Fahrenheit with a humidity level of 40 percent. A session of hot yoga can burn up to 1000 calories. It’s great for alleviating pain, relaxing the mind, soothing the muscles and improving sleep quality and more.

From this alone, you can see that yoga isn’t really just for women. If you visit yoga studios all over the country, you’d see that more and more men are joining. In fact, it has become very popular among hardcore men athletes from players in the NFL, NBA and NHL to champion Olympians.

Yoga doesn’t have to be a man’s only exercise. You can still run and lift every day but including yoga as a supplement to your workout can surely benefit your health in more ways than one. For one, while certain sports only use up 10 to 15 percent of the body, yoga works out each and every muscle. You also work out various systems like the skeletal, cardiovascular, endocrine and of course the muscular system.

While other types of workout would zap the energy out of you, yoga does otherwise. This low-impact exercise energizes and revitalizes the body while oxygenating the blood. Yoga also improves sexual performance, as it enhances a man’s range of motion and flexibility.

On top of all these, it enables you to clear your head. Just like most people in today’s modern society, you’re probably stressed out all the time. Yoga is the perfect stress-reducer. It calms the mind, soothes the senses and releases tension from the body.

Whoever said that yoga is only for women doesn’t know what he’s talking about. You don’t have to be a woman to take advantage of all these health perks. Try yoga in Winnipeg today!

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