Are you man enough for Yoga?

Why Dudes Should Do Yoga | Greatist.

Great article today about male reluctance to try or practice Yoga. I love this quote:

Men commonly avoid yoga because they claim to lack flexibility. That’s a lot like saying you don’t want to lift weights because you don’t have big muscles or you don’t exercise because you’re overweight. Even if the first few practices are a little challenging, lack of experience is no reason to avoid down dog-ing. Like any form of exercise, becoming a confident yogi takes time, effort, and plenty of practice.

When I did my first round of P90X I groaned at the list of workouts when I saw that once a week I was expected to do Yoga. I was basically exactly the guy described in the above linked article. I thought Yoga was for hippies and women. After one session of YogaX my preconceived notions about the practice were dashed on the rocks of reality.

Yoga is hard. Not just physically, but mentally. Even if you’re exceptionally flexible, have great balance and core strength getting your mind right and keeping it focused in the moment and mindful of what’s going on with your body runs counter to everything the typical American male has been taught his whole life.

Over the past few years as I’ve spent time interacting with people doing P90X the biggest complaints always come about YogaX, and they tend to be of the same variety. People are either frustrated by how bad they are at Yoga, or they are made impatient by the time commitment and slow pace of the workout. I suspect this had a lot to do with the length of the X2 Yoga workout being so much shorter than the 90 minutes in X.

The thing is, when people stick with it they get huge results. Yoga challenges the mind, the body and the nervous system in ways that no other form of exercise can or will. It will also make you humble. It will make you know your limitations and if you embrace it give an amazing goal to shoot for.

So guys, man up. Do your yoga.

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