Why Yoga is good for Men
Is “downward dog” man’s new best friend? Maybe not, but perhaps alpha males and ex-jocks out there shouldn’t be so quick to dismiss the idea. Although today’s society associates the ancient Hindu philosophy with insanely flexible women in Lululemon outfits, yoga packs a powerful punch when it comes to the benefits for male counterparts.
First and foremost, practicing the physical and mental discipline has advantages in the bedroom. Great – now we have the full attention of all our male readers! According to CanadianLiving.com, Eagle Pose, can help revitalize a man’s bedroom prowess by sending fresh blood and oxygen to the sexual organs. Furthermore, SteadyHealth.com cites at least one study which has confirmed that practicing yoga is more effective at treating premature ejaculation than the antidepressant Paxil. So the next time you and your partner are looking for a couple’s activity, flexible positions and sexual endurance sound like a win-win!
Bedroom benefits aren’t the only advantages to yoga, however. The added flexibility will help improve athletic performance and the constant stretching will release lactic acid and tension that contribute to muscle soreness following strenuous workouts. Men also often overlook that yoga builds muscle strength through a total body workout using gravity and bodyweight for resistance. According to Livestrong.com, even the United States Army is using yoga in its training regimen for soldiers.
In addition to the physical pros, yoga provides numerous mental benefits as well. Paul McQuillan, a yoga instructor at Toronto’s Bikram Yoga Centre, states on CanadianLiving.com that yoga “trains your mind to shut down” and therefore will improve your mental focus. McQuillan also says the discipline balances the mind through mental clarity and a less self-absorbed demeanor. For scientific proof, SteadyHealth.com cites a University of Ljubljana study in Slovenia that found regular practice of yoga increased a measure of “selective attention” by 17%.
For a beginner’s guide to yoga geared towards men, check out Mens Health.com’s Yoga Center. It breaks down everything from the top 10 poses for men to the different yoga genres and their sport-specific benefits. If you’re still not convinced, try checking out a local class.
By Cameron Harper All Right Reserved Mukha Yoga 2016