May 18, 2016

Men and Yoga, part 2

"Men and Yoga, part 2"

Watch the cool video below. The strength and flexibility this man has and what he can do is amazing. This demonstrates what some people who are hyper flexible can do with their bodies in Yoga. I'm definitely not hyper flexible and cannot do what he can do. But I have transformed my body and mind by practicing Yoga.
Yoga will build strength, balance, alignment, endurance, control, relax the nervous system and give you body awareness. I personally practice Yoga for the health of it to prevent the physical disabilities of my Multiple Sclerosis from returning. Yoga is something I will continue forever because of the many health benefits I receive from it.

So if you're looking to strengthen, lengthen and eliminate or reduce anxiety, pain, stiffness, mobility issues and more, Yoga is for you. If you're not a believer that yoga can transform you as it has for me and many others, maybe the video and the list of some famous male athletes who practice Yoga may change your mindset that yoga is just for women. Besides the professional athletes mentioned below there are multiple professional sports teams that incorporate Yoga into their training. Teams like Philadelphia Eagles, New York Giants, Seattle Seahawks, Denver Nuggets, Duke basketball and more.

Athletes practice Yoga to aid themselves in improving strength, helping them relax, increase performance, help prevent injuries and longevity in their sport.

I recommend contacting a studio near you and ask them any questions you have. They will probably ask you questions to direct you to the correct class. If they offer a New Beginner class that would be a great starting point. If they don't offer a New Beginner class then you will only do what you can in the classes they provide.
Yoga is not a competition with others in the class or yourself. You can come out of any pose at any time and only go as deep into a pose that is comfortable for you. With a regular practice you will gain strength, length, health, healing and more while feeling better.

If you're insecure and have fear you will feel embarrassed, that's normal. There is no judgment in a Yoga class, we are all in different places at different times in our lives and most of us have started where you are. If you still can't bring yourself to a yoga class then set up a private lesson or lessons and the teacher will work with you on your level and poses you'll practice in class. You can then comfortably move into a class without the fear of the unknown.

Your Yoga practice should help you look better, feel better and live better. You're never to late or out of shape to get started, any age or physical fitness level works. So lets get started so you can live your life to the fullest!

Below are some current and former professional athletes who have been practicing Yoga.

Lebron James: Cleveland Cavaliers

Shaquille O'Neal: Retired NBA player

Ray Lewis: Baltimore Ravens

Victor Cruz: New York Giants

Evan Longoria: Tampa Bay Rays

Kevin Garnett: Boston Celtics

Vernon Davis: San Francisco 49ers

Torrey Smith: San Francisco 49ers

Kevin Love: Minnesota Timberwolves

Evan Longoria: Tampa Bay Rays’

Kevin Love: Cleveland Cavaliers

Steven Jackson: New England Patriots

Sean Burke: New Jersy Devils

Blake Griffin: L.A Clippers

Dirk Nowitzki: Dallas Mavericks

Russell Wilson: Seattel Seahawks

Kevin Garnett: Minnesota Timberwolves

Tom Brady: New England Patriots

Happy & Healthy,
Yoga Chuck

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