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As a man, yoga is one of the best workouts you can do. In fact, yoga is a must for anyone who seeks to boost his physical prowess while also promoting self-fulfilement and happiness.
Here is what yoga can do for you:
It can help you build strength, stamina and flexibility. All this in the comfort of your home! No need for a gym or to stomach a rainy run. Unlike other sports, such as running, football, tennis or hockey, yoga works on every muscle, joint and organ. And it’s low impact. So no fear of injury or discomfort as long you’re making the pose adapt to you. Not the other way around.
It improves flexibility. This is obvious, the more you contract your muscles, the more flexible you get. A flexible body is less likely to get sore or injured. In addition, yoga poses correct muscle imbalances—which is one of the most common roots of injury (overuse).
Lower stress. Slow breathing and meditative movements are key for taming the beast of stress. Men especially can benefit from regular yoga practice. Researchers at the University of Utah found that yoga practitioners had the greatest activity in areas of the brain associated with pain response.
It prevents osteoporosis. According to a study published in Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation, regular yoga practice promotes good bone health, which can ward off osteoporosis—especially as we get older.
The 5 Yoga Poses Every Man Should Practice:
1. Warrior 1
Warrior —with all its variations—is the yoga pose for stretching your shoulders and hips, boosting your upper and lower body strength. In addition, this pose increases mobility and space in your knees, hips and shoulders, granting you better stability and functionality.
2. Forward Fold
The forward fold stretches the calves, hips and the hamstrings. It also strengthens the knees and legs, and adds mobility to your hips, thus helping prevent injury and lower back problems. It can also used to release tension in the head, neck and shoulder—a real anti-headache solution.
3. Downward-Facing Dog
My favorite pose ever! This one stretches your hamstrings, shoulders and calves. It also boosts core strength and adds muscle definition to your legs and arms. The combo of flexibility and strength this pose grants you can help you fight off lower back pain, and release stress.
4. Bridge Pose
This pose has too many benefits. For starters, it stretches the neck, shoulders, spine, back and the best. Secondly, it strengthens your abdominals, back, and gluts. In addition, bridge pose stimulates the thyroid, lungs and other inner organs, thus calming the body, improving digestion and other health benefits.
5. Supine pose
To promote supine health, do supine pose—whether with your yoga workout or as a cool-down. This pose boosts hip and spinal flexibility and relaxes the spine. It can also help you relieve lower back pain.
Bonus Move: Shavasana
Shavasana is where the rubber meets the road! Shavasana helps you contemplate the practice and mark the transition between the workout and the rest of the day. This pose can be also used as cool-down following any other type of exercise. Just make sure not to fall asleep!
Here you have it! I believe, as a man, that’s your duty to reach your full fitness and health potential. Nevertheless, success is a matter of speed of implementation. Therefore, I’m begging you, to start taking action, NOW, not later. And always remember to stay within your fitness skill.