As a male yoga teacher, nothing is more eye-roll-worthy than a meme claiming “real men do yoga”. “How very modern,” we are supposed to think. The underlying irony, of course, is that men have done yoga for thousands of years. In fact, yoga was a brahmin practice that prohibited the participation of women until as recently as the 1930s. If there’s anything new or modern about yoga, it’s that women (as well as men) are practising contemporary variants in their millions.
Being an enlightened gentleman of the 21st century, however, you don’t need Instagram to give you permission to roll out a yoga mat. You already know the benefits of regular practice: lower stress hormones; an ageless appearance; improved flexibility and muscle tone; not to mention mental clarity and a spiritual connection. The problem comes when you try to find the right style of yoga for your body, not to mention your personality.
Peruse the timetable of a successful studio in a metropolitan area and it’s hard to know where to begin. Some of the classes are little more than imperialist theft. Some are a romanticised re-imagining of a time-worn system that has been tweaked for Westerners’ minds and bodies. But look beyond the lurid Lycra pants and you may find something vaguely legit….Read Full Article….
Original Article: WHICH STYLE OF YOGA IS RIGHT FOR YOU?