Yoga is often viewed as a “feminine” exercise, but traditionally yogis were men. Yoga can be super beneficial for men looking to increase endurance, prevent injuries, and even build strength. Men often suffer from tightness in the hamstrings, shoulders, and hips, which leads to injury. If you feel this applies to you, here are 10 great yoga positions to try.
- Forward Fold
Forward folds are not only easy, but they feel great. This pose stretches your hamstrings, calves, and hips and it also works on strengthening your legs and knees. This pose is also great if you feel stressed or tension in your neck.
- Downward Facing Dog
Downward-facing dog might be the pose most people picture when they think of yoga. It’s a basic pose, but it works out almost all your body. It strengthens arms, legs, and core while stretching our feet, shoulders, hamstrings, and claves.
Chair pose can look a little funny, but it’s a really beneficial position that works to strengthen legs and the spine while stretching out shoulders and the chest. This pose is a full body workout that really targets the core and abdominal fat while strengthening the legs!
- Crescent Lunge
If you have tight hips, this is the pose for you. It works on loosening the hips by stretching the groin (not as painful as it sounds, we promise!). Tight hips are a problem for many men, which can lead to lower back pain and knee injury. Do some crescent lunges as a pre-workout to help open up your hips.
Warrior is kind of an extension of crescent lunges that stretches hips as well as shoulders, another problem area for men. Warrior pose is really great at increasing mobility in the shoulders, hips, and knees. It also works on stability that can help with other exercises.
Bridge pose really stretches out both your front and back, especially the chest, neck, spine, and hips. This pose can help open up the chest, which can lead to increased lung capacity.
- Half Bow Pose
Many people already do stretches similar to this pose, so it should be pretty easy to adopt. You’ll find it stretches the hips, thighs, and shoulders. As it opens up your chest it allows you to take in more oxygen, which helps post workout.
- Boat Pose
Boat pose is a great core position that strengthens abs, spine, arm and hip flexors. It might look easy but it’s harder to hold than you think. Give it a try though, especially if you’re looking for a good abs exercise!
There are tons of men into yoga out there, and once you try you’ll see why. It’s a full body workout that’s hard to get anywhere else. It’s also a great complimentary exercise for just about any other activity from weightlifting, cycling, to running. Check out our schedule and sign up for a yoga class today to see for yourself!