An athlete, a construction worker, a college student and a police officer.
What do these men all have in common? Stress! And a lot of it. Stress which leads to high states of muscular tension. It is an unavoidable and inescapable fact of modern life, particularly in this day and age with all of our “convenient” and “time-saving” wonders of technology. No matter what your profession, position in society, or age, you are most likely dealing with the negative effects of stress in one capacity or another. (but not all stress is negative)
So how does the “modern male animal” cope with the challenges of stress? Most often by ignoring it or sweeping it under the rug, overeating (or more often, eating the wrong kinds of food), not exercising, and/or drinking and smoking. None of these are what one would describe as “healthy solutions” to the ongoing problems of stress.
Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured. ~ BKS Iyengar
But despite what Western society would like you to believe (after all, there is BIG money in keeping you – the modern male animal – as bloated with tension and stress as possible, just ask the pharmaceutical industry), there is another way of dealing with – and in some cases eliminating – debilitating and age-advancing stress from your daily life.
The answer is 5000 years old and it’s called Yoga. And it’s not just for women. Not by a long shot. Here are some interesting facts about Yoga that you might not know…
“Yoga saved my career. I was facing back surgery, and tried yoga instead. Now my back is in great shape, plus Yoga is an unbelievable workout. I’m a total convert.”
~ Justin Gimelstob, ATP tennis player
It is a firm belief of ours that there is not one aspect of your life that Yoga cannot help you with. Our endeavor is simply to get more men to give it a try. That’s all. Will it be difficult? Very much so. Are there gains to be made? Absolutely. But the gains will not happen without an honest effort and attempt on your part. Our modest request is for you to set aside your ego, find a class or buy a DVD, and do whatever it takes to get yourself started. After that, the benefits are all yours.