Did you know that one the meanings for the word yoga in Sanskrit is “to unite”?
There seems to be many other meanings to the word but to me, yoga is a tool that can help people connect with their mind, body and heart.
I have known of yoga since I was a child and always had an idea of what it is. But it was not until I was in my late 20’s/early 30’s that I gave it a shot. I wish I had not waited so long! Nowadays yoga is very much a part of my life and I practice it many times a week.
It may look easy and relaxing but it’s not! I think a lot of men especially don’t see it as very challenging.
I do a lot of strength training at the gym during the week, and I find that yoga helps my body stay strong. I no longer get the morning-after effects of having a tense body when I get up to go to work the next day.
I normally practice in the morning as soon as I get out of bed and it helps me stay focused and feel in control throughout the day. It also calms me, which makes me more aware and receptive to the people and environments that surround me.
The best part is that I can take it anywhere with me, even when I am traveling!
Would more people practice if it had a different name?
Sadly, there is still a lot of stigma associated with the word yoga. Somehow I think many people still associate it with a religious movement.
I also think that guys in particular see it as something that is not very “manly” and challenging. One of my favourite instagrammers is Kevin Hofer, check out his page when you have a chance
Personally, I could not recommend yoga more, whether you’re looking to build mental or physical strength or both!