Did you know more male athletes are turning to Yoga as a form of body conditioning? Some of the best basketball stars – LeBron James & Shaquille O’Neal – practice Yoga as a way to counter their injuries and refocus themselves during seasons and playoffs.
So let us break the misconceptions of men doing Yoga:
- It is a female-dominated sport. If you think it’s just “stretching and breathing”, you are highly mistaken. Yoga poses and sequences are designed to strengthen and open up every muscle in your body. So if you go to the gym to work on your chest or arms, you’re targeting only those muscles and not fully improving the muscle mobility. Yoga, however, targets both your muscles and mobility. Take the downward dog pose for example, looks simple? While holding your body up, your shoulders are gaining strength while your calves and lower back is being stretched and at the same time, you are working your lower abs as you bring your belly button closer towards your spine. Can your gym equipment do all that in one go? We doubt so.
- It is not a “strong” workout. Try a Power or Ashtanga Yoga class and then tell us whether or not it was a “strong” workout. Both are fast-paced, vigorous and physically-challenging styles of Yoga. How vigorous are we talking about? It’s like doing static work-out and weight training at the same time in an hour. You train yourself to be more aware of your body and your breath as you flow through these sequences.
- I’m not flexible enough. Not being flexible can actually be a good thing because your body needs time to adapt to the deep stretches as you learn the poses. As a new Yogi, being naturally flexible can actually lead to injuries if your body is not conditioned yet and you push it beyond its limit.
- I don’t know the terms used in Yoga. That’s the idea of being a student, learning something new. That is why we have Yoga instructors who will teach and guide you, not only telling you when and how to transition from one pose to the next. You don’t immediately know all the driving terms before you actually take a driving class right? Same concept applies here.
We’re not saying that Yoga is an alternative for the gym. We’re saying practising Yoga can energize your body, calm your mind and help you to focus before you start on your workout regime. That is why Platinum Yoga is organising Mardaana Yoga, a day dedicated to all male Yoga practitioners and new male Yogis!
On 19th November (Sunday), we will have 2 sessions of Mardaana Yoga at all our studios. We will have a mixed & a male-only class. So members, bring along your spouse/partner! In line with the Movember Movement, a minimum donation of $5 is required for you to attend the class. All proceeds will go straight to the Singapore Cancer Society.
Location: All studios
Session 1: 11am – 12noon (Mixed) Mardaana Yoga
Session 2: 2:30pm – 3:30pm (Men Only) Mardaana Yoga
We’re looking forward to seeing you there!