ANDREA - a full time Yoga, Pilates and Tai Chi instructor.

I fell in love with yoga over seven years ago, when I got a Nintendo DS and bought a game called Let's Yoga. From then, I began 'playing' yoga everyday, sometimes twice a day. At first, the practice was more physical for me, but after few months I started to really count on yoga to bring me a sense of calm during especially chaotic days. Soon after, I began recognizing the benefits of a regular asana and meditation practice and continued to incorporate yoga daily - not just during times of chaos. I found myself feeling more energized, more compassionate, happier, and with more awareness. Now, I teach full-time and couldn't be happier to do what I love. What began as a physical practice for strength and flexibility quickly became a lifestyle. I teach my students to take their yoga off the mat and apply the principles learned in the class to their lives outside of the studio. I do not only teach my philosophy, I live it.

Sunday, 24 February 2013

Yoga and Men

With some practice, dedication and an open mind, men will find that Yoga can directly benefit them in ways in which they may not have previously considered or been exposed to before. 

If you’re a guy, you know this is true.

With work, relationships, stress, family, exercising (mostly improperly) and sub-par diets, sometimes we need a “reset”, or reboot on life and our entire body. Yoga definitely provides that. 

But in case you’re still not convinced, here are a few more practical reasons on why you just might want to spend some money for a mat.

How can Yoga specifically help men?


  • Reduction of lactic acid in the muscles due to a lifetime of lifting weights
    Over the course of a man’s lifetime, lactic acid builds up in the muscle tissues. This is most often caused by weightlifting and neglecting to stretch properly. It can also be caused by inactivity and complacence. Stretching the muscles properly enables more blood and oxygen to enter the muscles tissues and remove the corrosive acid and toxins that have built up.
  • Yoga is an integrative discipline
    What this means is that when you practice Yoga, you’re never just working on one or two specific muscles like you are when you lift weights. Each Yoga posture works numerous muscles, all in concert with one another. Over time you will find that you have as much, if not more, strength than you had before (more, in myopinion). This type of strength is what’s known as “functional strength” which enhances the coordinated working relationships between networks of muscle groups.
  • Yoga IS your secret weapon
    Put simply, Yoga is what you do when you want to get even better at what you do. Play hoops with your boys on the weekend? Yoga will help you get the edge on them by bringing you new-found flexibility and stamina on the court. Are you a weekend football warrior in the park? Yoga will help you avoid or reduce downtime due to injury. Are you a road warrior in a highly competitive business environment? Yoga will help you to succeed and go the distance with new perspectives, insight and focus on your business.

 

“But I’m new to this. I’m not sure I can do it!”

You know what? I am pretty sure you can. Think of how many new things in life that you’ve tried that you weren’t very good at at first. But after a little practice, dedication and discipline (and once again, an honest effort) you think to yourself, “Wow, how was I ever NOT good at that.” And then you don’t ever want to go back to not being good at whatever it was that you weren’t any good at.

Anyway, Yoga is like that. You try it and the progress can be damn near immediate right from the get-go. Sometimes the first few sessions aren’t a breeze, and honestly, it can be quite humbling. But once you get hooked on the Yoga and understand that it’s a very real thing, you won’t want to go back.

Life is not about accumulation; it is about living each and every moment with joy, gratitude and determination. And Yoga is one way that the door to this attitude can be blown wide open. Life is filled with many moving parts, each one of them interacting with the others to form the tapestry of our daily existence.

It’s time to flip the script

With today’s rapid change of pace and constant bombardment of information, it is becoming common knowledge to contemporary man – or at least it should be – that he can no longer put off or ignore his physical health, ongoing development of mental capabilities and spirituality. My goal is to open the door for men to explore new avenues of accomplishing their goals – and in doing so – enable them to achieve a greater state of fulfillment and peace.



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