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Where are the men in the yoga class?
Yoga is growing in popularity in the Netherlands. More people become interested in the physical and mental benefits of yoga. By far the largest portion attending yoga classes are woman. Where are the men in the yoga class? Precisely for them yoga can be a very good benefit or addition to complete their physical development!
Originally yoga was a real male affair in India and only reserved for men. This can be seen for example, in the primary series of Ashtanga yoga where the emphasis is placed on upper body strength by many Chaturanga's dandasana / plank position (triceps push up, in men Language) to integrate. After Ashtanga yoga was brought to the West via Pathabi Jois and David Williams, both man, something apparently went wrong in the proportion to the attention of yoga among women and men.
Yoga is not only super quiet breathing on a mat or for people who do not like active sports. If you thinking about doing yoga it is important to choose which yoga style suits you best. Hatha yoga is generally quiet, but there are also physically challenging forms such as power yoga and Ashtanga yoga. In these forms, you train all your muscles. So you reinforce include your lower back, abdominal muscles (yes, with the proper yoga, you get a six pack). Nagging back pain or shoulder can be solved with yoga. Beer Bellies or other forms of bulging middle sections can be dealt with yoga significantly. And that has a very positive effect on body and mind (apart from the approving eyes of the opposite sex). Yoga is also an excellent complement to other sports (football, tennis) to prevent injuries and reduce muscle soreness.
Yoga is not to downgrade to a regular workout. Yoga continues. You will improve your breathing. By breathing deeply and fully you will manage your sympathetic nervous system which is responsible for stress and associated stress hormones like cortisol. We can go on sharing all positive facts about yoga. The best thing for you to do is just simply come and feel!