Why Yoga? Reason 1: Your upper body will get stronger.
You will feel stronger and more defined without lifting weights. This is all due to yoga. Just working plank pose in a basic yoga sequence will provide an upper body and core workout. I'm not even talking about handstands, crow pose and all those poses that require a lot of strength (and concentration), which strong yogis can make look easy. They are hard.Why Yoga? Reason 2: Your core will thank you.
Sit-ups and crunches and all those other monotonous exercises only take you so far, as they become repetitive and your body becomes familiar with the movement - not to mention they're not really functional. I'm not saying that you won't get some sort of results doing these exercises. But yoga will help you use and develop your core in relation to your other muscles and body parts... Hello six-pack abs.Why Yoga? Reason 3: You'll alleviate stress.
Some blokes hold stress in, and don't necessarily deal with it in a healthy way. The result is often sleep deprivation, lack of focus, unreflective eating or hitting the booze. Go to a yoga class that's challenging and you'll be 100 percent focused on your pose and breath. Your stress will most likely be left at the door.Why Yoga? Reason 4: It's a cheap date.
Dinner and/or movie, or drinks can't compete with $20 yoga. You get a workout and your female companion will be happy. Gold!
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As a bloke who hates embarrassing myself in class, here's what I suggest:
First, take a look at some of the online beginner information out there so you know what you're in for. Just getting familiar with how they look will prove really helpful.
Second, ask around and find the right class for you. There's no one-size-fits all approach for yoga, and it might take a while to find your class or instructor. Just like love, you'll know when you "know." And when you "know," you'll be on your way.
Last, yoga is a marathon, not a sprint. I'm not doing handstands or anything fancy yet, and I don't know when I'll be ready for that challenge. What I do know is what's right for my body and I try to take my practice one class at a time.Mitch Gibson is the Springday yoga expert and instructor at Yogabowl. To make 2012 your fittest, fastest & leanest year EVER join Springday for just $45 for 12 months.