“In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities; in the expert's mind there are few.”
During a cold Fall day in Chicago back in 2005, I walked into my first yoga class. I started practicing to meet women and cross-train for a half-marathon. It also helped that the class was included in my membership at XSport Fitness in the Old Town Neighborhood. That first class was torture. Child’s Pose killed my knees and Triangle Pose made my hamstrings scream. What l loved for that hour of class was how the rest of my crazy world disappeared.
Almost 9 years later, I’m still practicing but my reasons have changed. My practice has been with me through business failures, heartbreak, losing what I thought was everything and periods of depression and self-love.
Most guys could benefit from getting unstuck, chilling out a little, so that we can start living happier lives—whatever happy means to you. A yoga practice is a platform to help us. It's a 3000+ year-old human technology.
Yoga is an old-school technology being used in modern society. It can help us be more connected with our thoughts, fears, hopes and passions. You could think of the parts of your yoga practice as a bundle including vulnerability—a sign of real strength—and self-awareness apps. Even if you only use 10% of the available apps, you'll be better at managing stress, your career, being present for your family or wait for it….improve your flexibility. It all depends on how and why you want to use the apps.
Why a guy chooses to practice yoga is a personal decision. Just like the apps you have on the phone you may be using to read this article. Here are real-life reasons from guys living all around the world:
We use the tech to fit our unique needs. Today, I use for my mental and physical well-being, and it's a great app for connecting with other people.
This is an adapted excerpt from Flexibility Not Required: Yoga for Men v1.08. If you liked this article, you'll like the book. Get your copy today
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