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Yoga for Men

Yoga for Fitness

Even though more than 70 percent of all yoga practitioners are women, men are becoming increasingly more visible at yoga classes all over the country. While the truth for the increased testosterone on yoga mats may have more to do with the cute and attractive women yoga classes attract, we like to think that men are just as enticed by the physical, mental and emotional benefits of yoga as women are.

The physical postures of yoga, called asanas, were created by men, Indian sages to be exact. In fact, thousands of years ago, women were not allowed to practice yoga; it was only a discipline taught by male gurus to male students. Today, the picture looks quite different as women and men enjoy the numerous benefits that yoga has to offer.

While the benefits are gender-less, the practice does have very specific male attributes. Yoga can compliment any male workout routine whether it's building up strength in the weight room, perfecting a lay-up on the basketball court or getting more follow-through in a one-handed backhand on the tennis court, you can incorporate yoga into your existing fitness routine and not worry that it is going to take away from your performance.

The reason is that while yoga clearly makes you more flexible, it also improves strength by forcing you to use your own body weight, rather than an external force to build lean and toned muscle mass.

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