Hey, guys do yoga too! A recent article in The New York Times highlights once again the manly approach to yoga practice, and an increase of men eschewing the stereotype that yoga has to be a strictly feminine and/or wussy thing.
Is it because now even athletes like LeBron James, Amani Toomer, Lance Armstrong and Ricky Williams are “OK” with getting their tough tootsies on the mat? Even the army is getting in on it! Is it because the gym just isn’t cutting it anymore for working with or preventing injuries? Are there more testosterone-welcoming classes? Are guys just not worried about farting in class anymore? Whatever the reason, it’s great!
Intentionally or not, general impressions of yoga often sit in the moon channel, whether due to media representation, the communities of women who’ve embraced the practice and are more vocal about it, or the overarching notion in society that getting in touch with your Self is somehow seen as weak, and so totally un-macho. Yoga is for everyone and as far as we’re concerned that usually means guys, too.
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