Every product has a target market, and it is rather obvious that for the past few decades many yoga products have had a female target audience.
Where has that left all the men?
Definitely not on 90% of yoga magazine covers. This lack of men in advertising seems to permeate our culture with the idea, “yoga is for women.” This doesn’t mean that men aren’t practicing yoga, or that men don’t benefit greatly from a regular yoga practice. But the idea that “yoga is for women” does make yoga a harder sell.
Here are some objections I’ve heard:
“I don’t know what to wear” –same thing you wear to the gym
“I don’t have a yoga mat” —Balance Yoga studio has yoga mats you can borrow for free!
“I’ve never done yoga before” —at some point in your life you had never walked before, but we all start somewhere.
The biggest hurdle is showing up for that first class. Once you get over that initial hurdle of going to your first, or even second class, being a minority [the only guy!] brings a new set of issues for many male students.
I’ve heard feedback that is not so easy to overcome: “I’m not flexible”, “I don’t want to be the only guy in class”, “I have injuries that make the poses uncomfortable,” and “I already work out and find it hard to commit time to yoga”. This type of feedback is why I’ll be teaching a six class series: Yoga for Men.
In this series we will tackle all of the issues I listed above: how to use your muscles to increase your flexibility; how to practice safely with your injuries; how to practice at home or at the gym; how to be comfortable in any yoga class even if you are the only guy; and how to practice for just 5 to 10 minutes a day and still gain benefits.
I could answer these questions in a regular class, but there are good reasons to have a class specifically for men. Male and female bodies are anatomically different. Having a class for men is similar to having a class for people with knee injuries or a series for mothers-to-be. A room full of people with a common denominator means we can focus on common issues together.
Whether you are a beginner interested in trying yoga in a room of your peers, or an advanced practitioner that wants personal alignment cues to get to the next level of practice, this workshop series is for you.
In these classes we will focus on alignment for the male body, increasing flexibility without losing strength, being comfortable in any yoga class, adding yoga poses to your current workout routine, and most importantly, preventing every day injury with all-purpose alignment techniques. These classes will be safe, comfortable, and challenging so that no matter what your level you will benefit from every class.
Yoga for Men class series will be Tuesdays 7:30 – 8:45 p.m. June 16th to July 21st . Early bird special is $66 for all six classes if you sign up by June 10th; series cost is $72 otherwise. Drop in class $15. To sign up online visit the page here.
Lead by Amanda Credeur, E-RYT 200, the classes will be appropriate for any level. With six years experience teaching a wide variety of students, and over a decade of personal practice, Amanda’s classes focus on healthy alignment in a flow style sequence to build strength, increase flexibility, and prevent injury. Questions about the series? Email Amanda at FirecrackerYogi@gmail.com, visit her website at www.FirecrackerYogi.com, or attend one of her other Balance Yoga & Wellness classes: Monday 7:30 p.m. Level 2/3 Hot Power Flow, Thursday 7:30 p.m. Community Flow, and Saturday 11:30 a.m. Level 1 Align & Refine.