Last week I wrote an article strongly positing that in order for more men to do yoga, the yoga industry had to change. This week, I’m building off of that same train of thought, but taking it in a slightly different direction. Does the yoga industry really need to be fixed? The yoga industry is a billion dollar industry. Obviously somebody, somewhere is doing something correctly. There are many people who are attracted to yoga for all of its many benefits, both tangible and intangible. Yoga has “saved” the lives of thousands. It has healed PTSD victims, helped people cure harmful addictions, and been a major factor in helping people change their lives for the better. Yoga has had an extremely positive effect on millions of people, and that is something to be lauded, honored, and commended.
Personally, yoga helped me achieve the physical fitness that I have today. Flexibility, core strength, endurance, and the more toned look that I have now are all physical, tangible benefits that I gained through a consistent yoga practice. Performing yoga poses correctly helped me gain a level of control over my body that I would never have gained throwing around weights. (Don’t get me wrong, there is NO rush like the one that you get after you finish a brutal weight lifting session.) I improved my concentration abilities. My body recovers more quickly.
However, there were (and are) a lot of times that I feel uncomfortable doing yoga. I am not one to have blind faith, and being presented with a yoga chart that says that there is a lot of emotional tension in your hips makes me skeptical. Has this been proved by Western medicine? Where are you getting this “fact” from? Even if the science of yoga is something that has existed for thousands of years, does that mean that it is correct? I am much too skeptical to ever believe a statement like that. A lot of this has to do with my own natural tendency to need an explanation or an answer based on logic in order to believe something. No matter how much yoga has helped me physically, I will not believe something without an adequate explanation.
There are many people for whom the full spectrum of yoga provides benefits. However, EVERYBODY can benefit from the physical benefits of yoga. That is something that can be proven. That is something that I can explain in thirty seconds. On the other hand, explaining that certain physical ailments such as arthritis are caused specifically by loneliness (as I saw on a yoga poster yesterday) is something that I, as someone who needs their facts to be based on logic or proven by science, cannot understand or explain with conviction.
Innovation happens when an individual arrives at a solution. One form of this is using aspects of multiple things already in existence to create a new thing. That is what I am doing with Man Flow Yoga. Man Flow Yoga is a solution to the people who want the physical benefits of yoga without the other stuff. I am creating a new form of physical fitness, inspired by yoga, backed by modern science and concrete statistics, in order to help people be in the best physical shape that they can possibly be. Man Flow Yoga is only the umbrella. There’s more to come. Stay tuned.