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Yoga has been practiced in India for thousands of years. It improves the general condition of the body and provides spiritual and psychological growth. This practice was originally developed by men. And the first exercises that have come down to us from antiquity were designed for representatives of this sex.
However, today the classes are mainly attended by girls. Guys are quite wary of yoga, including because of the stereotype that such practices are exclusively female. Why men should pay attention to this Indian movement, explains the professional powerlifter, two-time world champion Sergey Skolsky .
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Why men don't like yoga ?
Marketing influence is one of the main reasons. Almost all yoga studios use female images in their advertising and rely on a female audience.
Another reason is in the spirit of rivalry inherent in many men. Often yoga is perceived as any other sport, in which you need to be faster, higher, stronger. While by nature, guys are much less flexible than girls. In addition, the structural features of the skeleton - namely the hip joint - allow ladies to perform a wider range of asanas.
Most men find it difficult to admit that they are not flexible enough. Therefore, they are afraid to attend classes, not realizing that they are precisely aimed at developing plastics and improving the body.
How is yoga good for men?
In general, physical exercise and breathing control allows you to saturate the body with oxygen and work out all muscle groups. In addition, yoga helps to relax and rest your head, distracting from pressing problems.
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Today, many are regularly exposed to stress. This weakens the immune system and becomes the cause of various diseases.
Moreover, both women and men are equally susceptible to daily experiences. But in the fairer sex, the body produces the hormone oxytocin, pushing them towards social contacts and seeking support. While men tend to withdraw into themselves and seek solitude, as a result of which they do not receive emotional release.
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Studies have shown that yoga can lower levels of cortisol, a hormone produced in stressful situations.Gradually, people become less susceptible to stimuli, and the body copes better with inflammatory processes.
Helps to overcome depression
Depression is an extremely unpleasant and even dangerous condition. Men in such situations become embittered and aggressive, they are tormented by insomnia, headaches, digestive problems, and constant experiences provoke additional stress. When referring to doctors, they mention different symptoms, and specialists cannot always make the correct diagnosis and prescribe appropriate treatment.
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Yoga, of course, is not a panacea. It can, however, reduce anxiety and improve mood. And thanks to the production of gamma-aminobutyric acid, the mental state is significantly improved.
Improves mental ability and attention
For many men, yoga scares away its spiritual component. Meditative practices, recitation of mantras, breathing exercises - some consider this to be something frivolous and esoteric. However, they are wrong.
It has been proven that meditation improves a person's thinking ability, allows him to make decisions faster, and also better concentrate on tasks. Even one workout has a positive effect on memory. But to get a long-term effect, you need to practice regularly.
Relieves back pain and improves heart function
A sedentary lifestyle coupled with intense exercise in the gym harm the joints, which leads to discomfort in the cervical spine and lower back. Yoga has an analgesic effect.
Along with high-intensity interval training, oriental practices have a positive effect on the cardiovascular system: they lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels and generally improve heart function.
Develops athletic qualities
Yoga exercises develop flexibility, concentration and coordination of movements.
These qualities, in turn, will help to achieve the best results in any sport.
Safety rules for yoga practice
Because men are often larger and more powerful than women, and they are often injured during the first yoga classes. The most common injuries are ligament tears, joint dislocations, and pinched nerve endings.
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For safe practices, you shouldn't chase resultstat from the very first days. It is necessary to concentrate on breathing and body position, to feel every movement. You should not rush with difficult asanas - everything has its time.
If you try, regular yoga classes will ultimately provide you with a strong body, flexibility, mental clarity and spiritual balance.