*Please note that my Men’s Yoga class does not run on bank holidays as the venue is closed.
I run a Men Only Yoga Class on Mondays from 8.30pm to 9.30pm at Becket Sports Centre. This is a mixed ability class suitable for all levels of ability, from complete beginners to those with a little more experience.
Please see my Classes page for the up-to-date running schedule (updated weekly).
I have a lot of experience in catering for a wide range of needs and abilities within my existing classes so I am used to making sure all needs are met and enough challenge is offered where needed and gentle options available where need be too.
The idea behind running this class is to provide an outlet for men in the local area who wish to practice yoga but who perhaps feel a little uncomfortable in a predominantly female class. I am hoping that by providing this opportunity of a “men only” yoga class, this might encourage a little more interest among the local male population and take away the feeling that the yoga class will just be full of women! This way, they can just focus on what the yoga itself can do for them.
As a yoga teacher and having developed an interest in yoga in my teens on account of my Dad practising yoga when I was growing up, I know that yoga does not discriminate. It is not better for women than for men, it is great for everybody! In fact the key founders of modern day yoga were all men: B.K.S. Iyengar, T.K.V. Desikachar, Tirumalai Krishnamacharya and Vishnudevananda Saraswati to name but a few, so for me men and yoga go hand in hand.
In terms of what yoga can do for you, the myriad benefits from practising yoga include increased range of motion around the joints and improving overall mobility, releasing tightness and tension in the shoulders and hips, freeing up the hamstrings and creating flexibility in the spine. Not to mention helping to create steady focus, more efficient breathing, improving balance, providing time for relaxation, improving posture and increasing core strength…the list goes on.
On account of the above benefits yoga is also a great complement for guys who are already engaged in another sport but also of benefit to those who perhaps are currently less active and looking for a non-impact form of movement – incorporating strength as well as flexibility – not to mention benefits for managing stress and boosting relaxation.
So if you wish to begin your introduction to yoga in a male oriented environment or prefer to practise with peers then this class would be perfect for you.