One of many many surprises that the Massive Fats Survey introduced up was the totally different types of exercise that males have been interested by getting concerned in. We didn’t assume that yoga would get a lot of a look-in, however greater than 13% of you have been interested by getting your downward-facing canine on, so after we had the prospect to do some Broga, we obtained Steve Morrison to mud off his stretch pants and get down there…
Point out yoga and most males will have a look at you humorous and utter a number of of the next the reason why they don’t do it or don’t need to do it.
- They aren’t versatile sufficient. This neatly ignores the truth that if ever there was a motive to do yoga, this is able to in all probability be it, however extra on this later.
- It is filled with extraordinarily versatile girls in lycra. Once more, all I’m seeing is one other compelling motive for extra males to go (don’t inform my girlfriend).
- It is filled with earthy, tree-hugging, Chakra-chanting and candle-burning nonsense. Okay, I get this one.
As a proud mouth breather and somebody who struggles to search out the inside circle of the Glasgow Underground, by no means thoughts discover inner-peace, I’ve all the time discovered yoga off-putting. Presumably, that is all the way down to not meditating sufficient or ever having the ability to sit nonetheless, however I can calm down when I’m sleeping. If I’m in a gymnasium or studio I’m trying to sweat and to really feel like I’m understanding.
As a runner, an Wonderful Loser and a try athlete, I do know the significance of stretching my muscle mass and bettering my flexibility to each enhance my efficiency and scale back harm. Previously, I’ve tried Bikram yoga (the one performed in an oven) and I did take pleasure in it, however I couldn’t afford a second mortgage to maintain up with the price of lessons and sadly put my mat away.
So when my buddies on the SFN Expo who I’m an Ambassador for, invited me alongside to the fantastic studios of Chi & Co to strive Broga, their yoga for males class, I introduced my mat out of retirement and met Matt Miller, who had introduced Broga to those shores, from the USA.
Broga is Yoga for Bros, though as many ladies do it as males. Every session focuses on particular areas of the physique and breaks down every posture into phrases that the common bloke can perceive. And perceive this, you’ll uncover that it’s powerful. The Soiled Canine had me panting for breath and on the lookout for a bowl of water and two days later my triceps have been nonetheless hurting (in that good, macho, really feel the burn method).
However Broga is extra than simply about making yoga extra accessible for males, it’s a good way of getting stronger and extra versatile. It’s a exercise, however it is usually enjoyable and consists of teamwork to attain postures that I actually beforehand thought would break my again or my neck. Broga does require a degree of health, though every transfer has a better various.
As anybody who does yoga will know one of the best little bit of the category is on the finish of the hour-long session the place you calm down and mainly lie on the ground. We did calm down and we did find yourself with blankets over us, however in truth, I used to be knackered and I used to be prepared for a sleep. Having tried and loved Broga, I’m eager to do extra together with aerial and yoga for working, each on supply at Chi and Co. And hopefully I’ll see Matt once more on the SFN Expo in Glasgow on twenty ninth and thirtieth August, whereas I’m additionally trying ahead to the US founders of Broga bringing their Transfer Yoga to the UK, later this 12 months.
How’s your flexibility? It’s one of the vital missed areas of our health regimes and but it’s the one that the majority usually results in accidents. There’s an interesting test here (don’t strive the bit the place she dislocates her backbone). Tell us your outcomes!