“In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s, there are few.” ― Shunryu Suzuki
Did you know that up until the early twentieth century, yoga was only taught by and to men? T. Krishnamacharya is considered the “father of modern yoga” with such illustrious students as Pattabhi Jois and B.K.S. Iyengar, who both helped bring yoga to the West in the twentieth century. It wasn’t until 1937, that Krishnamacharya agreed to teach Indra Devi, a Western woman who became a renowned teacher.
These days, at least in the West, the predominance of students and teachers filling studios are women. We’re not sure why or how this happened, but we’re here with an awesome program designed to invite men back onto the mat. So, whether you’re a guy who is a yoga virgin or you’ve tried a few classes and then threw in the towel, Robert Sidoti is here to ease you into the practice with a program designed for the male body and perspective.
Why start a yoga program?
If you are an athlete looking to cross-train, yoga fits the bill. A well-rounded yoga practice includes dynamic flexibility training, core stabilization and strengthening, and balance work. You’ll recover faster after workouts, open up the tight areas that hinder performance, improve range of motion, and develop mental focus and concentration.
For instance, runners often suffer from overuse injuries because of the repetitive nature of the movement in one plane of motion. Running tightens and shortens the muscles and joints without a corresponding lengthening and flexibility. Yoga can help you prevent those injuries by working on mobility and balance. Whatever sports you play, yoga will give you the winning edge both physically and mentally.
If you live a more sedentary life, yoga can help you tune into your body and mind, build strength and flexibility, and boost your energy. Yoga’s will ensure your spine stays healthy, even if your days are spent sitting at a desk. Plus, yoga is a powerful tool to keep your mind clear and focused, which enhances your performance at work.
The physical benefits are only one element of yoga’s three-pronged approach to wellness. Life is hard and we’re living in a world full of constant external stressors. Yoga’s focus on mindful movement and controlled breathing helps quiet your mind and soothes your emotions. The practice helps you filter out distractions and hone in on what really matters to you. Yoga is one of the best natural ways to relieve stress and tension.
Don’t worry if you feel you’re too busy to start yoga. This program consists of classes that are all less than 40 minutes long, so you can squeeze them in no matter how packed your schedule is. Check it out!
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