However, yoga offers a range of benefits specific for men.
In this article I'll give you 6 arguments you can use to convince your man to join you to your next yoga class!
1. Yoga builds muscle
Lots of men are convinced they need to 'hit the gym' to build muscle. No need for that! Yoga uses your own bodyweight and resistance to build muscle mass. On top of that, yoga lenghtens your muscles and sends more oxygen to the muscles. More oxygen means faster recovery and faster growth!
2. Yoga increases your range of motion
As I desribed above, yoga builds muscle mass while lenghtening your muscles. It is this created length that gives us increased range of motion.
Lots of men do heavy weight lifting in the gym and don't stretch afterwards. The muscles keep getting shorter resulting in limited range of motion. Eventually, aches, discomfort and pain in the muscles arise.
3. Yoga improves sex
A study in the Journal of Sexual Medicine prooved that yoga enhances all sexual functions in men.
Yoga increases the blood flow to the genitals, increasing sexual performance. It also learn us to concentrate the mind and body, which at its turn, prevent premature ejaculation.
4. Yoga makes you healthier
The breathing techniques in yoga relieve anxiety and stress . The asanas or postures improve oxygen consumption, blood pressure and cardiac health.
It also learns us to let go of what is not important and learns us to listen to what our body needs. This results in healthier food choices and better sleep.
5. Yoga learns you to challenge yourself
When my boyfriend took my class for the first time, the first thing he said was 'Wauw, yoga is super difficult' and the second thing was 'I feel great'.
Yoga is a challenge. But the only one you are challenging is yourself. That's what's great about yoga. It's not about what the teacher or the person next to you is doing, it is only about you and your own progression.
It is a great feeling when you step off your mat and you realize you have overcome your own limits, again.
6. You smell better
This is serious! One of the amazing benefits of yoga is the detoxyfying of the body. All the twisting poses, detoxify various organs, cleansing your body. Less toxines, means your sweat starts to smell sweeter!
I hope I have convinced a couple of males to give yoga a try, these are just 6 of the numerous benefits yoga can give you!