Why yoga retreats are good for men

Despite yoga being created by men, for men, it’s still seen as predominantly a woman’s activity. It takes a brave man to walk into a class full of women, but the health benefits of yoga far outweigh this initial worry.

If you are looking to escape on a dedicated yoga holiday or start small with weekly lessons, Health and Fitness Travel, the wellness holiday specialist that has provided MannedUp with this comprehensive guide on why yoga is good for men.

The benefits of yoga

Most men are sceptical of yoga, believing that it will never compare to a heavy session in the weights room, but yoga is brilliant for increasing muscle tone and strength as you use your own body weight as resistance. It also increases flexibility and balance, loosening joints and stretching muscles, which is essential for long-term health.

The benefits of yoga for men are not only physical but also mental; yoga is an excellent way to relieve stress, thanks to breathing techniques and controlled movements. If you’re in a high-pressured job or have a busy day-to-day life, yoga will provide you with the timeout you need to relax and focus, which will also have positive effects on your immune system. In turn, you’ll find your sleep is enhanced as you find a way to switch-off from your thoughts.

A man meditating

A man meditating

Yoga benefits other sports

Many athletes benefit from yoga and use it to enhance their performance as it incorporates more all-round movement and strengthens important muscles which aren’t necessarily used in their chosen sport. This improves their overall performance and reduces the risk of injury. The New Zealand rugby team practise yoga to help them visualise the game ahead and stay flexible; so even the manliest of men have recognised its advantages.

This works the same as if you use yoga to accompany your gym workout. If you’re into running, which focuses on your lower body strength, yoga will balance this strength and help prevent a tight neck and shoulders. Stretching tends to take a back seat in the average male’s fitness regime but is essential; yoga will fill this hole to prevent injury and speed-up recovery. With the mental benefits of increased focus and concentration, you’ll be more dedicated to your fitness goals and will perform better.

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Yoga is for everyone

Yoga is beneficial for people of all ages and abilities; you may find a much older woman getting into positions that you, as a young man, can only dream of. But you’ll get there with time and dedication, which will benefit your well-being in the long term.

There are many different types of yoga, so you’ll need to find a style that suits you. You can try Hatha, Vinyasa, Ashtanga or power yoga, which has been attracting more men recently due to its more vigorous nature, amongst others. Ashton Kutcher is a fan of Bikram yoga, Jon Bon Jovi enjoys Hatha yoga and Sting is a fan of Jivamukti and Ashtanga.

Due to its flexibility and joint benefits, yoga is a highly effective way to rehabilitate your body after injury or an accident. David Beckham has hailed yoga as a key part of his fitness regime. He started practicing yoga initially after an Achilles’ heel injury and insists that it was the key to his recovery. Co-founder of Health and Fitness Travel, Paul Joseph, has an inspirational story of how yoga changed his life after a serious car accident left him with damage to his lower back. It gave him pain relief, increased flexibility and the ability to switch off and focus.

Yoga can be time for reflection

Yoga can be time for reflection

Why not try yoga on holiday?

Understand the benefits of yoga for yourself on a yoga holiday where you’ll learn about it with expert guidance and tuition. You’ll also benefit from an all-round holistic experience with meditation, Pranayama breathing, unusual spa treatments, delicious healthy cuisine, access to fitness classes and relaxing spa facilities to rebalance your mind, body and spirit.

If you’d rather increase your fitness on holiday and try a variety of different activities including yoga; Health and Fitness Travel’s Fusion Fitness holidays are an option (for advice, guidance and booking visit www.healthandfitnesstravel.com or call 0203 397 8891). Try some yoga in a private lesson and receive personalised guidance or in a group class to rehabilitate and be inspired to continue your practise even after you return home.

Tai Chi time

Tai Chi time

About Paul Joseph

Wellness Travel Specialist and Entrepreneur, Paul Joseph, is the co-founder of Health and Fitness Travel, a global leader in wellness holidays worldwide. Always ahead of the curve in pioneering new health programmes that revive the soul, boost fitness or address serious health issues, the worldwide wellness tourism industry has now become a multi-billion sector, growing faster than travel in general. Paul has a wealth of PR, marketing, sales and management experience in the health and tourism industry, consulting leading hotels on their wellness strategy and contributing regularly to broadcast and media interviews.

 About Health and Fitness Travel

Health and Fitness Travel is a global luxury wellness travel company that originated in the United Kingdom in 2010 and is committed to providing healthy holidays that enhance and change lives. Created by Paul Joseph and Adam Heathcote as a result of their passion for health and fitness travel and offering bespoke holidays to improve people’s well-being to lead happier and healthier lives.

Photographs illustrating this post have been provided courtesy of Health and Fitness Travel.

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