To most guys, yoga is pink lycra and vegan chicks. It’s breathing deeply while doing poses named after animals and feelings. It’s done in dimly lit rooms with candles and incense, followed by gluten-free cupcakes and kale smoothies. And if that’s your mentality then you’re not alone. But it doesn’t mean it’s right.
Not all yoga is fluffy and gentle; it can make you sweat, it can push you to your edge. And through the practice the body will get stronger and flexible, the mind calmer, and life a little less chaotic. You'll find that 'just making shapes on the mat' can be a whole lot more challenging than it sounds. Yoga can give you the physical workout you may want, BUT go deeper and you'll realize it's so much more.
The practice of yoga is about creating a connection; to ourselves, to our bodies, to our minds, to our lives. Through the physical practice to the body will get stronger, but the true power of yoga is what it does on the inside. Yoga helps to calm the chaos in our everyday, the mental stuff, in our heads and daily lives, & it reminds us to breathe
Once you move past the stereotype, it's pretty simple: yoga is good for everyone, the benefits are undeniable.
But these days the perception is still one-dimensional. We only ever see the pretty little bendy girls slapped across the pages of the magazines and flooding our Instagram feeds, but the truth is there is a whole other breed of yogi out there, inspiring, teaching and living yoga in their communities all around the world.
BOYS OF YOGA, the uncelebrated minority, a project that believes in the strength and flexibility that yoga offers both on and off the mat. To us, yoga is a culture and a lifestyle, not just a practice. And similar to surf, skate and snow sport cultures, yoga creates a community of the like-minded. The deeper you go, the more it pulls you in.
What started as a casual conversation about how guys are seen as the secondary citizens in the yoga scene, has turned into a movement to challenge the way we view yoga in the Western world today.
Some guys think that yoga makes you less of a man, the truth is it makes you a better one.