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A Man’s Guide To Yoga

Throw away your preconceived ideas of yoga being for the young, fit and flexible. The truth is, a steady Yoga practice will make you all three of those things. It will also oxygenate your blood, improve heart health, detoxify your liver as well as increase your sexual appetite and performance. Got ya now, huh?

 

Yoga has boomed in the last fifteen years. We look to the original g’s of spirituality, the two that are widely responsible for sharing yoga with the western world. BKS Iyengar and Shri K. Pattabhi Jois. If you’re practicing any form of Hatha Yoga you can thank the dedication of these two men. “Ha” meaning sun and “tha” meaning moon, this yoga works to bring union between opposing forces.

 

With the spread of Hatha Yoga, you can now find Yoga tailored to fit your lifestyle needs. From the local gym to the urban ashram, from the more outrageous Paddleboard Yoga, Yoga for Cyclists—you can find every flavor under the sun of yoga. Below are the five methods that are steeped in a lineage; time tested and, of course, the manliest.

 

The 5 methods of Yoga to sample:

 

1. Ashtanga. A series of physical postures that are based on breath, focus (Drishti), and strength to detoxify the body and mind, ultimately leading the practitioner to a state of ultimate truth and bliss.

 

2. Iyengar. Brings a hyper focus to detail, precision, and alignment of the body and control of the breath.

 

3. Restorative. This method is a more relaxing option. Practitioners spend a lengthy five minutes in each posture to ensure deep openings and total relaxation. But don’t worry, your system still receives a number of benefits.

 

4. Sivananda. Uses a set sequence of 12 foundational postures.

 

5. Kundalini. Feel the Shakti. This method is highlighted by a lot of breath work and mantras (sanskit scriptures) to uncoil the universal creative force that lies dormant at the base of one’s spine and leads toward union with the divine.

 

Favorite Men That Practice Yoga:

 

Sting

Rumors of 24-hour tantric love sessions, this rocker has maintained youthful vigor thanks to a daily yoga practice for the past 20 some odd years. Put on the red light.

 

Willem Defoe

Yup, Doc Oc practices Ashtanga Yoga on the reg.

 

Adam Levine

This guy is just super fit.

 

Russel Brand

Uses Yoga to cope with recovering sex and drug addiction problems. He really is on another wavelength.

 

Diamond Dallas Page

Remember the Diamond Cutter? Who can forget this eccentric, rough around the edges wrestler? He has his own brand of yoga videos equipped with beautiful babes.

 

The struggle is real, the physical practice of Yoga asks for commitment and consistency to really taste the sweet nectar. You will be pushed just slightly past your edge. You will find new strength, discover emotional blocks, and dig deep to grasp inner power to move past old patterns that are no longer useful. Are you still thinking you have to give up a piece of masculinity to stretch in an over-packed class full of long ponytails and stretchy spandex pants? Wait, what are you waiting for exactly?

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