Over time I’ve noticed that one of the primary roadblocks that I’ve encountered when mentioning or discussing yoga with noobs is that people—specifically men—tend to be wary (i.e. afraid) of what starting a yoga practice says about them as a person. For this reason you’ll find that the vast majority of the information about yoga to be found online proves to be reflective of the more effeminate elements of yoga which appeal to…well…females.
I believe firmly that this can be mitigated by eliminating some of the bullshit that tends to crop up around yoga as a physical and spiritual practice.
- You don’t need to be naturally super-flexible to do yoga
- You don’t need to memorize chants or read/speak sanskrit to do yoga
- You don’t need to meditate for hours on end to see the benefits both physically and spiritually from your yoga practice
- …and you DEFINITELY don’t need to spend $100 on fucking yoga pants!!
Hopefully you find the right emphasis in that last part. To date, my favorite dude-ism provided by a friend of mine as an excuse for bailing on a yoga class was that he didn’t have the right kind of “yoga shoes.” As for the other bits: they may help, but they are not required by any stretch of the imagination.
As I mentioned in previous posts, this blog is written for EVERYONE, but my main focus is getting guys to stop being so freaked out about yoga. So instead of discussing the chakras or the merits of opening your ‘heart space’, perhaps we can discuss what muhla bandha means in a less convoluted way (hint: it means engage your core 😉 More on that later…) I want everyone who is wary of yoga to be able to confidently walk into the yoga room and not quiver in the corner because they don't know what the hell is going on.
Also, considering the phase ‘trimming the fat’ has a couple of more obvious meanings when applied to this post, I’ll also spend a significant amount of time breaking down basic yoga poses and other commonly used elements to help you understand how they apply to your life.
So as goal/reason #3, lets say that in learning together as discussed in the last post, we’ll also lift the veil on some of the things that make yoga inaccessible to the average person. This one is for anyone reading who has stepped into a yoga class and inadvertently wound up making energy balls with their hands or doing some other inaccessible and inexplicable thing.
Before writing this goal—and blog—off as a ‘dumbing down’ of spiritual yogic principles, I’ll give you a hint about the next reason for writing. Learning and simplifying will be combined with community growth and building of a meditative practice. I’ll share insights, resources and other elements regarding yogic meditation that make it more understandable and accessible to You.
More on that in the next post.