This past summer, I had a close friend spend hours of her life each week in yoga teacher training. She decided to use us, her closest friends, as students so she could practice teaching a class. Myself and 9 other non-yoga, inflexible people went to TJ Maxx, bought matts, and went to her unofficial class. It was a bonding experience to say the least. The guys could barely touch their toes, and us girls just wanted to take snapchats of the whole event. To say the least, we didn’t take it seriously at first.
Before I knew it, after taking more of her classes, I fell in love with it. I joined the local hot yoga studio with a few of the girls, and went every single day. In these classes, it was 90% women, and I don’t find that surprising. But why? Why is it weird for guys to do yoga?
There are so many benefits of yoga that are hidden behind the yoga stereotypes of incense, hippie clothes, and peace. Yoga most obviously will help with flexibility. This can be beneficial to athletes in order to prevent injury in whatever sport they play. Yoga is also beneficial to those looking to lose weight and cleanse their bodies. In a hot yoga class, the temperature is upwards of one hundred degrees, therefore you are going to sweat. Another area targeted is you blood flow. Due to the many twists, bends and stretches involved, the amount of oxygenated blood that flows throughout your body is increased. On top of that, these crazy poses are enough to increase relaxation of your insides, and promote the movement of your food through the digestive system. Yoga is also very important when it comes to balance. This was extremely beneficial for me, because by improving my balance, I improved my posture, which overall helped ease back pains I was struggling with. Finally, and I think most importantly, are the mental benefits of yoga. Yoga helps you become more self aware and appreciative of where you are in your life right now. Through meditation practices, you are able to eliminate all of the noise of the life around you, and be more thankful for your life in general. When overwhelmed with the stress of going away to college, yoga helped me to relax I encourage everyone to at least TRY a yoga class, whether it be down town at the studio, or in the White Building with your friends!