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Benefits of yoga for men

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Discover the benefits of yoga for men.

If you are a man and reading this blog, it is quite likely that you are already interested in yoga. I think that this article that I bring you can inspire you to continue deepening your practice.

If you are a woman, I bring you resources to motivate your partner, or any other man in your life, to do yoga. Right, you and I know that it would be great for him?

My story with yoga

For 7 years my ex-girlfriend tried to convince me that I should do yoga. I told him that it was a girl thing and that I was a man and that’s why I played soccer or went running.

That relationship ended. And how curious, that for the next few years almost every woman he knew was a yoga teacher. I have always thought that this was not a coincidence, but something karmic, and that the universe pushed me towards yoga. And besides, he did it with pretty women: he knew that would catch my attention.

In the end, I decided to try. First I started practicing at home with videos because I was embarrassed to go to a class.

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Later I met another teacher, a beautiful and very interesting girl who invited me to her class. Of course, I went, and that day, when I saw her sitting in that strange position with her eyes closed, between that music, the candles, and the intense smell of incense, I realized what I had been missing for so many years: it seemed that I was in the presence of a goddess.

That day I understood that doing yoga in a class is something different from what I thought, and not because I liked the teacher.

Sometime later I quit my job and went to India, where I did my TTC to become a yoga teacher. Since then I have not stopped practicing, learning, and sharing yoga with other people, especially men.

I’ve stopped eating meat, drinking alcohol, smoking (I don’t do it even sporadically), playing soccer, and even ejaculating, and my life has changed radically.

Benefits of yoga for men

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Benefits of yoga for men

In this article, I want to present 8 reasons why all men should do yoga.

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1. Reduce stress level

If you’re like most men, you may be stressed all day. You think that the world constantly demands that you do everything well, and above all without losing your temper or saying no to anything.

The worst judge is yourself: you are never satisfied and always believe that everything can be done better and faster. For you, the world is like a constant competition against others, or even worse: against yourself.

Yoga offers you the possibility of dedicating some quality time to yourself: to your body, your mind, and your spirit. The practice of yoga helps calm your mind and reduce stress.

After my first yoga class, when I was in final relaxation, in savasana, I entered a state of relaxation that I hadn’t experienced in months.

Recommended practice to relax: Yoga Nidra.

2. Emotions

It is evident that, in general, men have greater problems than women in identifying their emotions. Since you were little you have been told that you cannot cry “because you are a man”, that you cannot be afraid “because you are not a girl”… and other phrases that, surely, you have also heard.

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Little by little, all this is permeating your subconscious. In the end, you become the iceman and do not allow yourself to feel any of the so-called “negative” emotions (which do not exist, because in reality, each emotion is a signal that your body gives you to inform you of something).

Not allowing yourself to feel these emotions can cause several problems:

• – If you don’t feel fear, anger, or disgust you can’t feel joy or happiness either. You will live a life without ups and downs, but also passion.

• – Even if you don’t want it, those emotions are permeating your body and make your life more difficult. You will always feel a sense of carrying something, or what is worse, you will explode without knowing why.

– Recommended practice to work emotions: Osho Meditation.

3. Sex energy

Whether you like it or not, if you are a man you have testosterone – if you are a woman you also have it, but in a proportion 10 times lower. This hormone ensures that you do not lack the desire to, say, “spend time with a woman.”

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There is nothing negative about this as long as it is under control. However, many men are victims of their sexual desire.

This can become a big problem. It is only necessary to see what the industries of pornography or prostitution bill.

The ancient yogis, who realized this thousand years ago, discovered techniques to solve it. Yoga is great for refining this sexual energy that is linked to the second chakra, Svadistana.

Through the practice of some asanas, pranayama, or meditation you can sublimate that energy, that is, refine it. In this way, it can be converted into creative energy that is located in the same chakra and can also be transferred to the higher chakras.

Recommended practice for the sublimation of sexual energy: Uddhyana Bhanda.

4. Heal your masculine and feminine sides

Yoga says that we are all made up of two parts, one feminine, and one masculine or yin and yang.

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Hatha Yoga is an ideal tool to balance your feminine and masculine sides. Whether you are a man or a woman, by connecting these two parts and making peace between them, you will be able to perform 100% of your possibilities in any aspect of your life, including those that you feel you could develop more of.

The yang part gives you direction, the ability to make decisions, and the presence of Shiva.

The ying part gives you the emotions and enjoyment of worldly things and the manifested world, Shakti.

Practice balancing the two sides: Trikonasana to the right and the left.

5. Concentration

We live in the world of overstimulation, of constant distraction. In addition, men are especially visual, which means that we spend the whole day looking here and there (and this without talking about mobile phones, the number 1 enemy of presence).

Several studies show that the male brain works better if it stays focused on a single task. For its part, the female brain works better if it does several things at the same time.

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Thanks to yoga you can develop the ability to concentrate located in the Ajna chakra, the third eye.

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By working on your concentration through yoga, you will become a more productive and efficient person.

Practice to develop concentration: Trataka

6. Willpower

Willpower is a masculine value. However, today it is greatly missed in both men and women.

Yoga indicates that this value is found in Manipura chakra, the third, located in the navel.

Yoga is not a competitive sport, but it can enhance self-improvement. It doesn’t matter how flexible you are or how you build the poses at first. The important thing in yoga is the perseverance to demand a little more of yourself every day, to go one centimeter further, always within the healthy limits of your body.

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If you are constant, you will see truly formidable changes.

When I started doing yoga, I came from playing soccer in the 1st regional division of Madrid. I remember our stretches, especially the one where you lean forward to stretch your lower back and hamstrings. I think I could go down to my knees; come on, it was just as flexible as a piece of chewing gum.

Now, when I practice Padahastasana, I arrive smoothly with my palms on the ground.

Practice to improve your willpower: Nabhyasana

7. Self-knowledge

Another masculine value that men and women have is the will to find a purpose in life, something greater than yourself that helps you transcend and live a meaningful life.

The first step to finding your mission in life is self-knowledge. If you don’t know who you are, you can never find out what you came into this world to do.

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We live in a time where many men give up on their dreams and true motivations for many reasons. This makes them frustrated, and their environment is the first to be affected.

Yoga gives you the chance to look inside yourself, to peel back layers of the onion that you have been building around your true essence.

Meditation or Dhyana is the seventh step within the 8 that Patanjali described in his sutras. This practice is one of the most efficient ways to know yourself.

In silence and solitude is where you can connect with your essence.

Practice: Meditation.

Practice meditation. It is something essential. Once you enjoy it, you can’t give it up, and the benefits are immediate. Dalai Lama

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8. Be a better person

Many people think that yoga is just a physical practice. However, as the title of this blog says, yoga is more.

Yoga is an integral and holistic path that begins with the Yamas, the aspects of personal behavior that must be avoided to be a more conscious person and advance on the spiritual path.

• Ahimsa – Non-violence, do no harm, respect life of any kind, including animals.

• Asteya – Do not steal, do not pretend to be or pretend.

• Satya – Do not lie, tell the truth, maintain purity and wisdom.

• Brahmacharya – Containment, avoiding the unnecessary waste of energy, including sexual energy.

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• Aparigraha – Detachment, not hoarding, not getting caught up in passions.

I’ve been trying for a couple of years to make my life follow these basic rules. Although it is not an easy road, I keep moving forward every day:

• – I have stopped eating meat and killing animals, although I still eat fish from time to time.

• – I try never to steal, not even content on the Internet.

• – I exhaust all the possibilities of living without lies, although when you want to surprise your mother after spending six months living in Thailand and you come back unannounced, it gets difficult if she starts asking questions the days before your trip…

• – Brahmacharya is probably the one that has changed my life the most, and I currently follow it very strictly.

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• – I think that detachment is the subject that I have the weakest, but it is a very good path in which to continue advancing.

I try not to become an extremist. However, the fact of improving in these aspects (bearing in mind that I am a human and that I have much to learn) is helping me to be aware of how I am advancing on this path of yoga towards enlightenment, or at least towards a higher level of consciousness.

Yoga is a path for life

If you are a man, I hope this article has inspired you to start your yoga practice or go deeper into it.

If you are a woman, I hope I have given you more reasons to motivate the men in your life to practice some form of yoga.

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