Yoga and the Gender Shift

For a number of years, yoga has been viewed as a practice that is geared more towards the female population. Although it is true that you will still find many more women attending classes than you will men, it is clear to see that over the last few years, a steady increase in the number of men attending classes can be seen.

I have attended numerous classes with different teachers, but I’ve certainly seen more and more men coming along, initially looking rather timid due to thinking they have to be flexible to do yoga, but over time they start to see the benefits of incorporating yoga into their regime for a more holistic approach to their overall well-being. My other observation is that men tend to prefer early morning classes; in fact one class that I attend is made up primarily of men, with me sometimes being the only female in the group! I have to say that I do find these classes more relaxing because, as much as I hate to say it, there still feels like a competitive edge to female only classes. We all know that this certainly shouldn’t be the case with yoga, but with Western yoga in particular, unfortunately there is no getting away from it entirely.

Below is a number of reasons why men (and women) should take up yoga:

– Increases flexibility

– Improves balance

– Builds muscle strength evenly

– Improves stamina

– Reduces stress and anxiety

– Promotes weight loss

So if you haven’t already taken up this great practice, now is the time to start!