April 30, 2018

What do you visualize when you think of yoga? If you see a woman in several different poses, you are not alone.

There has been a general misconception that yoga is a feminine thing. In fact, a majority of men would rather be caught dead than doing yoga. This cannot be further from the truth.

If anything, yoga could significantly improve the quality of men who practice it. Let us explore 12 reasons why men should practice yoga every day.

1.  Yoga is a full body workout

Yoga poses are very demanding and require you to use a lot of strength. Consequently, you work all the muscles in your body and end up with stronger more evenly toned muscles all over your body.

It also builds power through a series of poses. Soon your body starts to chisel itself to perfection as new previously hard to reach muscles take shape.

2.  Yoga increases deadlift strength

When you work out often, you will find that you have specific muscles that are always tight and cause you problems. The stretching in yoga helps improve your range of motion.

A study done in 2013 also showed that men who followed the 12 weeks of a yoga program exhibited increased deadlift strength as well as flexibility in the lower back, hamstring, and shoulders.

It also helps you to have toned muscles and gain strength faster.

3.  You get more flexible and less susceptible to injuries

Working out in the gym, lifting weights and all that could easily lead to injury. Yoga, on the other hand, may help you to not only build strength but also become flexible with less strenuous poses.

4.  You recover faster when you practice yoga

After a workout, your body produces lactic acid which is why you feel sore. Yoga improves blood flow and releases the lactic acid which leads to faster recovery after a workout.

Additionally, a recent study also found that the practice of yoga improves respiratory and cardiovascular functions. The combined stamina and flexibility that yoga brings lead to better workouts in other physical activities such as running, tennis, and cycling.

5.  Yoga helps with your balance and counters the adverse effects of other physical activities favored by men.

Yoga encourages your body to move in ways you are not used to due to the different postures you have to hold.

You will perform one-legged stands, arm balances, headstands and other poses that will make more balanced.

When playing games like racquetball and golf, the spine tends to be consistently turned in one direction. Yoga helps balance this disparity, using postures that keep the spine supple. It also counters the effects of gravity experienced by runners.

6.  Yoga can promote weight loss and toned up muscles

You become more mindful of what you eat and brings a positive shift into your general lifestyle.

It also massages your internal organs boosting your metabolism. It also keeps cravings at bay so you can stay away from the junk. If you are consistent, it can be the fastest way to weight loss yet.

7.  It also helps deal with chronic low back pain

Yoga can help rebuild and heal your body if you are nursing an injury. People have been using Yoga for treating all sorts of ailments and injuries.

Chronic low back pain can be a very uncomfortable and yoga may be the solution. According to research published in July 2017 in the Annals of Internal Medicine, yoga may even help reduce the need for pain medication.

When the three-month study began, one group was assigned to physical therapy for their back pain, another one to yoga, and a third to reading about pain management strategies. By the end, while the number of people taking medication in the reading group stayed the same, only half of the yoga and physical therapy subjects were still doing it.   

8.  Yoga helps counter the effects of a docile lifestyle

If you spend a lot of your time seated, your muscles tend to tighten, and you end up stiff. Yoga helps with countering that feeling. It makes you more flexible and also improves your posture.

Better posture also helps boosts a man’s confidence.

9.  Yoga reduces stress and anxiety

A typical response to stress is inflammation. Studies have shown that yoga can help in the suppression of genes that may cause the inflammation.

Additionally, your body’s response to stress post yoga also improves. Your blood rate and blood pressure tend to increase in stressful situations, but they reduce when you practice yoga regularly.

Science has also proven that yoga can also help with anxiety and depression.

10.    Yoga leads to better sex

The many yoga poses you do in yoga encourage the flow of blood to the groin, and this helps with the physical part of sex.

Research has also shown that the breathing exercises you do in yoga can help with focus and concentration. If you channel the two during sex, they can help with premature ejaculation.

11.       Yoga can help you be more mindful of what you eat

Yoga is a holistic approach to fitness. When you go to the gym, all you think about is lifting the weights and everything nice.

Yoga, on the other hand, is a practice of mindfulness that makes you self-aware.

According to a 2014 study, yoga practice can assist with developing healthier eating habits.

12.       Yoga improves your overall wellbeing

There is a general belief that physical exercises are healthy for us. While this is true, vigorous activities that do not allow for diverse movement and proper rest lead to body wear and tear.

Yoga improves your overall well being because, on top of promoting physical health, it also encourages mental toughness.

Poor sleep quality may lead to obesity, high blood pressure, depression and other illnesses. Yoga improves your sleep patterns which in turn keeps you much healthier. Consequently, you end up with lower medical bills.

A man doing Yoga on the beach with a beautiful sunset

Final thoughts

Yoga has more benefits than the blow to your masculinity that you imagine it will bring. But like everything else, you should be consistent to get results.

What are you waiting for guys, get out there and do some yoga!


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