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Any blokes do yoga/pilates?

Postby chronyx » Thu Mar 12, 2009 7:07 pm

Wouldn't mind trying it but I'll admit I'm not super self-confindent and I'd probably feel embaressed! :lol:

But for overall body and mind benefits I can't find anything better
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Postby Pro Radii » Thu Mar 12, 2009 7:33 pm

Maybe it differs where you are/what kind of yoga you plan on practicing, but I find that approxiamately 1/3 of the classes I attend are comprised of males. Us females don't outnumber them by much. :) As for being embarrassed, don't be! Everyone was a beginner at some point, and everyone's focus is on perfecting their own practice and improvement.

Give it a try! :)
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Postby emm7 » Thu Mar 12, 2009 8:03 pm

yes there have always been a couple of men in every yoga class I've ever been in. It's good to see men participating in yoga, I see it as a sign of open-mindedness on their part.
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Postby JP » Thu Mar 12, 2009 8:22 pm

yeah i do it every tuesday.

Usually there is one more guy in the room, rest of the 20+ are women.

Their loss! :D
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Postby chronyx » Thu Mar 12, 2009 8:49 pm

emm7 - I know I know in this respect I'm a simple-minded grunt :lol: getting there though!

How long have you been doing it JP? Did you find it helps with other sports?

I'm trying to improve flexibilty, co-ordination and core strength for running and Muay Thai, and any good effects for my mind would be welcome :lol:
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Postby JP » Thu Mar 12, 2009 9:14 pm

i have done yoga on and off for few years i would think.

Though mainly off :lol:

Now i started about 6 weeks ago and havent missed a session. Planning to keep at it as well.

My main sport is strength sports and i think it does help definitely. Balances it out nicely.
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Postby spanna » Fri Mar 13, 2009 8:39 am

The men in my yoga class are often far better than the women. I love seeing guys in the class so get going boys!

Benzilla was coming with me for a while and I often heard him say it was challenging but worthwhile.
Both my yoga teachers are also male an look fantastic!
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Postby baldy » Fri Mar 13, 2009 9:24 am

The less blokes in a class, the more reasons to go to it, I would say.
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Postby chronyx » Fri Mar 13, 2009 4:57 pm

Fair comment baldy! :lol:
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Postby Pro Radii » Fri Mar 13, 2009 7:12 pm

baldy wrote:The less blokes in a class, the more reasons to go to it, I would say.


Haha, exactly! Shouldn't this entice more men to practice yoga? I just don't understand it! :?
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Postby chronyx » Fri Mar 13, 2009 7:19 pm

I think it's a case of "YOGA? NAH MATE I AIN'T LIKE THAT"
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Yea I'm a bloke and I do yoga

Postby Pagan » Fri Mar 13, 2009 8:30 pm

Yea I do Yoga
I started about five years ago, attending a class with my sister. when I started there was me and one other bloke, he dropped out after a couple of weeks then It was me and about ten women.
My yoga teacher was great, I loved her enthusiasm. she used to pull me out a lot to do postures she knew I would find challenging.
I'm a right skinny geezer and lankey. I could never do postures that relied on ballancing on the sitting bones and would topple over.
Eventually the others in my group said 'stop picking on him all the time, jokingly of course.
As with most things I found that we were all good at different things depending upon our different shapes and sizes.
I still do sun salutations at home as a warm up and find that shoulder stands are in fact my favourite way to relax :D
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Postby GrahamC » Sat Mar 14, 2009 12:53 pm

Me too. I do between 10 mins and 2 hours of Ashtanga yoga daily. Since taking up daily practice, I've seen definite improvements in balance, focus, core stability and running form, especially on long runs.

I stopped going to my local class about a month ago, because it was getting difficult to fit in, but will return soon I think. I've been going to yoga classes on and off for about 6 years, and they do really vary in terms of approach, but I've never been made to feel unwelcome for being male.

Give it a go, and if you don't like one class, try another.
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Postby Pro Radii » Sat Mar 14, 2009 2:27 pm

chronyx wrote:I think it's a case of "YOGA? NAH MATE I AIN'T LIKE THAT"


And that is sad. Yoga (specifically bikram yoga) has done more for my body and mind than any other physical activity. This homophobia is just sickening, and besides, I don't know how men that practice yoga would be labelled as "like that" when they are in a roomful of sweating women? Come on! :x
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Postby Rubber_Ritchie » Sat Mar 14, 2009 6:08 pm

I started to yoga from a book. I did it daily for several years and made great progress. This is the book i used. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Book-Yoga-Sivan ... 026&sr=8-1 I've always found practicing alone much more beneficial as you can go inside yourself more and not be concious of others or in my case, show off.

Regualr yoga classes are usually about 20/1 women to men. The more modern variations like Bikram are more of a mix although I hate that style and don't think it has much to do with what yoga is really about.

If you're single it's a good place for a man to go.
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