It’s frequently the case that I’m the only man in a studio class, and that’s even the more ohysical power classes and certainly the slower Yin and wild flow classes. Why is this? Is it the case in all countries? What is it that makes some men, like me break with the norm and head to the mat anyway? Is there more than can be done to promote yoga to men?
for me it’s been about finding an activity that’s non competitive, a counter to most other activities that are promoted for men. I started getting bored of getting injured at sports like football that then impacted on my ability to do other things. I’ve also discovered over the years the benefits yoga can bring my mind, body and soul,learning so much more about myself and meeting some truly amazing and inspirational people along the way - David P and the DYWM team included in a virtual sense at least! I encourage male colleagues to join me at lunchtime classes at work but it’s mainly women each week - given the issues so many men face with stress, anxiety, depression etc it’s such a pity that more men don’t discover the multi-faceted benefits of yoga