In fact, yoga was originally designed by men, for men only!
Yoga is an ancient practice developed thousands of years ago by monks from religious orders in India, for preparing their bodies to sit silently during lengthy meditation practices. Women were excluded from these orders. So the postures and asanas were originally focused on developing strength, flexibility and poise in the male body. It is only in the last century or so that women became more involved in the practice of yoga.
But the popular image of yummy mummies in tight lycra sitting cross-legged is not really what yoga is all about! Think fierce warrior monks with shaved heads and martial attitudes instead, and you will be hitting far nearer the mark.
Why not pop into your nearest Diversity Yoga class and give it a try? It may be the best investment you ever make in your health and wellbeing.
This interesting press article may give you some food for thought:
Currently famous male yoga practitioners include:
- The well-known Manchester United footballer, Ryan Giggs http://www.ryangiggs.cc/tag/yoga
- Football legend David Beckham practices Bikram yoga http://www.yogadaddio.com/2013/06/david-beckham-wishes-to-bend-for-years.html
- The All Blacks rugby team from New Zealand http://meditation-yoga-daily-news.com/all-blacks-rugby-team-includes-yoga-poses/
- Matthew McConaughey, actor
- Robert Downey Jr, actor
- Jon Bon Jovi, rock superstar
- Adam Levine, front man for Maroon 5
So – If these guys all enjoy such benefits from their yoga practice, what can it do for you? Give it a try and see for yourself. Your body and mind will thank you for it!