Many view yoga as a woman's practice even though it's physically and mentally beneficial for both sexes. Most mn believe in these myths that yoga isn't a decent workout for men and they would also claim that you have to be flexible enable to practice yoga so you can do some poses. Truth is, that i think that they might just be intimidated by poses that men can't perform that women can. They might also be turned off by the spiritual side to it because of the “om” chanting or being that sometimes the poses are named in sanskrit.
Over 20 million people practice yoga. Only 18% of those people are men. Yoga started about 5000 years ago according to https://www.yogajournal.com/ and was originally performed by men. Yoga evolved from its origins to suit the needs of Hollywood celebrities and middle-class women. Due to stereotypes and the evolution of yoga in the 21st century, the practice is viewed as feminine and too touchy-feely for men. These changes lead to the stereotypes that yoga was only for women and companies utilised this to their advantage through advertising and clothing. Today, many yoga studios are trying to defeat this stereotype and show that yoga can benefit everyone through creating men-only classes or more demanding classes that emphasize what men are typically looking for in exercise.
The most common reason for men, or anyone, not practicing yoga is that they are not flexible. Just as one goes to a gym to build strength and endurance, one can go to yoga to improve their flexibility. There have been several pro-athletes in recent years that have begun to practice yoga for various reasons and now speak to how it has helped them improve their game. Keith Mitchell is a former NFL linebacker who now is a certified yoga instructor. With one hit, he was down and suffered a spinal contusion. Yoga was suggested as a therapy to help him regain some function and may have been the reason he was able to get back in the game.http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-films-presents/0ap2000000259627/NFL-Films-Presents-Yoga-and-football&icampaign=%22search-video-Keith+Mitchell%22
Having role models in pro-athletes that speak of the benefits of establishing a mind-body connection to improve their athletic skill has played a part in increasing the number of people and especially men who have taken up yoga. I think this is a good way to increase participation rates and promotion of a sport without the use of sexualisation. It shows that two things that are so very different can work together to create an athlete and give more meaning to their lives. Men and women have very distinct gender roles in society that dictate how they move, work, eat, and connect with others. Yoga is one example of how these roles are blurring together so that anyone can benefit from participating..