The benefits you stand to gain from doing yoga are endless. Looking to reduce your pain or simply feel better in your everyday life and thinking about trying yoga, then you need to read this.
Honestly, I can’t imagine my life without yoga, it makes just about everything better.
― Anahana Wellness Founder Clint
Benefits of Yoga For Men
Yoga is good for just about everyone. It is not some magic exercise that will fix every problem in your life, but the research shows that it can help with a lot of them.
Would you like to:
- Reduce stress?
- Improve sleep?
- Ditch chronic pain in your back, neck, or knees?
- Be able to perform better in the bedroom?
- Get better results on the field and in the office?
There are many benefits to yoga for men, especially if you are a beginner and want to improve your flexibility, strength, and even sense of calm.
There are many different styles of yoga depending on your goals, level of fitness, and injury history. This is a high level overview on how yoga can help you out.
If you have very specific goals check out our Academy with lots of different kinds of yoga courses tailored to your needs.
Flexibility - Bend but Don’t Break
Although there are many styles of yoga, this form of exercises has been the gold standard for flexibility for thousands of years for a reason. Flexibility is super important as we age as it helps prevent injuries, keeps us feeling limber, and undoes the damage from all of the sitting we do. Being flexible will also help you be better at sports, add muscle the right way, and even score you extra points in the bedroom.
Strength - The Little Muscles make a Big Difference
The great thing about yoga is that it works a lot of muscles in different ways that you don’t get hitting the weights, doing cardio, or many other exercise forms. Yoga for runners is an excellent example of this.
Balance - The Key to Life?
Being able to balance your body is key especially as you age, not only from a physical standpoint but also mental. Trying to balance in different ways forces your brain to get involved and this helps you not only focus more but can help prevent cognitive decline and early onset dementia.
Focus - Do More in Less Time
Does your mind wander a lot, making it hard to get things done? It happens to the best of us, especially in 2020. A regular yoga practice helps not just your body but your brain as we touched on above. Better focus will help you get the job done sooner and better, leaving more time for what’s most important to you.
Body Awareness - Your Early Warning System Enhanced.
Part of this mental focus comes from learning to listen to your body is something that can help you in a million ways. Our body is constantly sending the brain messages, but they all too often get lost in the noise. Imagine noticing your heart rate rising during a tense negotiation, if you can catch this early, and take a couple of deep breaths before you get too fired up, you’ll get the edge on your counterparty. Same goes for the body, having a tight left hip from running will give you the heads up that it is time for some extra stretching and possibly prevent an injury.
Reduce Stress - The Science is Clear
Being Present - See More in Life
Being present, which really just means being dialed in on what's going on around you. Being present in real time and not thinking about the past or the future is where the real joy in life happens.
Breathing - Yoga without a doubt helps you breathe better and that helps improve everything listed above.
Better in the bedroom - Well, if you read the above, you shouldn’t need my help with this one
If you think yoga is something you would like to learn, and learn properly, in the comfort of your own home, check out our Academy course: Yoga for Men 101
This certification course gives you all of the basics to get started. Not only will we teach you the fundamentals, we will explain to you simple language why certain poses are important, what they can help you with, and when to do different kinds of exercises depending on your goals for today and the future.
Written by Clint Johnson
Clint teaches Yoga, Pilates, breath, and mediation to students and teachers all over the world. Prior to joining the wellness world, CJ as his friends call him, started his career as a MBS derivative trader and portfolio manager on Wall St. Clint is the founder of Anahana, and holds an MBA from INSEAD.