Yoga Men: How to Take to Yoga Plunge When You're a Dude

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Sometime in yoga's recent history, a gender shift occurred. Yoga, which traditionally had been practiced only by men, began to be dominated by women. Today, an average yoga class will have more female than male students. In the United States, your yoga teacher is also more likely to be female, although there are a great number of prominent male teachers, including the founders of some of yoga's most popular contemporary styles.

A lot of men worry that yoga is not appropriate for them because they are not naturally flexible. But flexibility is not a prerequisite for yoga. The fact is, men have a lot to gain from yoga and are as welcomed as women in almost every situation. If you are a man who has been waiting to try yoga, here is the information you need to make that leap.

Yoga for Men: Getting Started

Gear Heads

  • Yoga Equipment: It's a stereotype for a reason: Guys like gear. Yoga doesn't require much, but you can geek out on mats and blocks if you must.
  • Yoga Pants for Men: Sure you can repurpose your ancient college sweatpants, but there's a whole world of specialized yoga pants just for men out there for you to explore.
  • Yoga Shorts for Men: Many men prefer to practice in shorts, so here is a range of lengths, from mid calf to upper thigh.
  • Yoga Gifts for Men: Now that you have fully embraced yoga, hand this list around come your birthday or Father's Day.

    Reading List

    • Yoga for Dummies: Though Yoga for Dummies doesn't sound like the most promising or enlightened title, this book actually provides good, straightforward information for the yoga beginner.
    • Yoga Anatomy: Leslie Kaminoff's book depicts yoga poses from the inside out by using anatomical drawings to highlight the effects of each pose on the body.
    • Stretch: The Unlikely Making of a Yoga Dude: Neil Pollack is funny and his transformation into a yoga dude provides plenty of opportunities for laughs.

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