Yoga Dublin was founded by Colm Walsh. Colm is an avid and accomplished yogi and, lest we forget, he's a man. Despite this man's unyielding passion for the practice of yoga - and countless others like him - yoga mats, at least in Ireland, remain dominated by women. While the men of North America and Australia have picked up on it hugely, here in Ireland we're lagging behind massively in our gender balance of yoga, and it's time we caught up. For Yoga Dublin's founder, the ratio of women to men is as staggering as 70/30 in Ireland, and it's an imbalance he's determined to get right. If you're a man reading this or you've been trying to open up the men in your life to the idea of yoga, let's clear up any potential confusion.
There's a very common perception, Colm says, that one needs to be flexible to do yoga. Incorrect; flexibility is something that varies from person to person, and though one person may be naturally more flexible at the outset, another person's flexibility can develop hugely with a regular practice, and that's the most satisfying part. There's another perception that says women are more flexible than men. This is mainly often true, but men may have great strength that can be an advantage in poses that women might find challenging. Despite the misconception that yoga is more tailored towards women, let it be known that it's really not; it's for everyone and inclusive.
A friend of Colm's 87-year-old mother even joins in on the occasional Yoga Dublin class.
For men on the fence who prefer to get mucky with a ball, Colm says it's the perfect exercise to balance other sports: "It's a nice, balanced strengthening, lengthening, and stretching exercise that is spread out evenly throughout the body; no area is spared! It really is a marvelous complementary practice to other sports and activities. Rugby players, GAA champions, soccer stars, swimmers, runners all help prolong their sustainable training and performance by having a yoga practice.
Still fearful of joining a class full of super bendy people? (They had to start somewhere too) Here're just a few more reasons that more men need to consider yoga.
- It relieves stress
- It improves sleep
- It sculpts your muscles, giving you more elongated and defined muscles over time.
- If you are into other sports or you run a lot, yoga is your best friend when it comes to preventing injuries and keeping your joints in good nick.
- It will make you better at your other sports because it improves your flexibility and your focus.
- Better sex. Yep, all that focusand breathing work will help to prolong your love-making. And the flexibility might help with some of the more adventurous positions, you saucy thing, you.
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