Ebb n' Flow Yoga Community Inspiration features submissions by our beloved community. Although a common association with yoga today is an image of a hyper flexible, ballerina-body female, this practice was once exclusively for men. Check out about Kevin's experience as he shares the difference found in yoga.
Men’s Yoga has been a very eye opening experience. At first, I was very timid about practicing yoga. It didn’t seem to spark my interest and or relate to me. However, the stress I put my body through with snowboarding and strenuous workout compelled me to try yoga out.
The men yoga’s class is awesome. I feel completely comfortable with my classmates. In a mixed gender class, I imagine I might be self-conscious about my postures or actions. However, with the men’s class everyone there is in a similar position as I! No judgements. Just plenty of space and options to express myself through asana practice.
I enjoy the stretching and connecting with your body that you get from yoga. While I work out or perform exercises, I am focused on the light at the end of the tunnel. With yoga, I focus on myself and my self-worth.
When I start yoga, Mary told me some poses like crow that were very challenging. I tried on my first day and failed miserably. However, during the second class I was able to perform the pose in perfect form. Now a month and a half later, I know crow pose and enjoy playing around in this posture. This has been by far my greatest accomplishment.
Yoga has had a large impact on my day to day life. Before yoga, I was very tight. I often felt stiffness in my lower back, especially after hard workouts. Now that I have started yoga, I feel more pliable day in and day out. My back has never been better! After missing two weeks of yoga, the stiffness returned. The difference is noticeable.
In addition, I feel a lot more in touch with my body and mind. I also have made major strides in the activities I love. I give a lot of credit given to my newfound yoga practice. This proves that the yoga is working tenfold. In learning these postures, we support our body to do even more.
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Thank you, Kevin for your time, words and practice. Grateful to what you've found on and off the mat. With immense respect and equal parts appreciation, Joy