Stop Being a Pussy and Do Some Yoga

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Seriously. Stop caring what your bros will think about you doing yoga. Put on some shorts, get a tank top and go to the yoga studio that you see all the smoke shows in yoga pants going in and out of. If you are not doing yoga on a consistent basis, you are missing out on physical and mental benefits that will help you stay in shape longer, perform better in all of your physical fitness activities and feel better overall.

Doing a workout shirtless surrounded by women isn’t embarrassing. Your lack of flexibility, on the other hand, is. Can you even touch your toes? Can you reach your arms overhead without arching your back? Do you stand with your shoulders naturally hunched? The careful attention to detail and focus on flexibility and body control found in yoga helps you address these issues and so many more. Things like lower back pain, lack of core strength, shoulder pain and even knee pain can be solved by incorporating yoga into your physical fitness regimen.

Here’s a few examples of how these benefits translate to better physical performance.

Overhead shoulder press is done incorrectly by almost everyone. If you can’t press your entire back against a completely perpendicular incline chair while pressing dumbbells overhead, then you lack shoulder flexibility. Instead of working your shoulders and back muscles, you are essentially doing a modified chest press. Along those same lines, if you can’t extend your arms straight up in the air without arching your back, you lack shoulder flexibility. Why should you care about a lack of flexibility? Because without it, you’re at risk for chronic shoulder injuries; strains in the complex web of muscles, joints, and tendons that make up your shoulder girdle; and even tears that require surgery or months of inactivity to heal. It also means that you lack proper posture, making you appear LESS confident. By improving your shoulder flexibility, you improve your posture and proper posture makes you look MORE confident. You’ll carry yourself  better and you will FEEL better about yourself.

Most people also tend to have a lack of flexibility around their hips. This includes your hip flexors, your glutes (external hip rotators, piriformis) and hamstrings. Almost every pose in yoga focuses on stretching these muscles to a deeper degree of flexibility and then strengthening your muscles within this new range of motion. It’s unlike traditional forms of exercise, like weightlifting.

This brings me to my next point.

Starting yoga doesn’t mean you have to stop doing weightlifting, CrossFit, or whatever other form of physical fitness you enjoy. It does mean, however, that you will get BETTER in all of those things. More flexibility in weight training means longer and suppler muscles. You’ll be able to life more weight and do more reps with less soreness the next day. With running, it means your muscles will be more efficient. You’ll require less warm-up and will be automatically preventing chronic injuries like shin splints and lower back pain. I personally guarantee that doing yoga properly will help you in EVERY form of physical fitness — quote me on that.

If you are concerned about losing muscle mass, you don’t have to be. This is a completely legitimate concern because most of the guys that you see doing yoga don’t have the athletic body type that most men desire. But not everyone does yoga the same. As long as you’re doing yoga in a way that taxes your muscles to the point of failure, then you’ll maintain and even build muscle mass. It doesn’t matter what your body is pushing against, whether it’s weights or the ground. All that matters is that you’re getting that burning feeling in your muscles that triggers your body’s response to build the muscle tissue in that area. That’s what causes muscle growth. If you’re still not convinced, take a look at some of my photos. I haven’t lifted weights in years.

A huge reason why people avoid yoga is the culture that is typically associated with people that practice or teach yoga. But doing yoga doesn’t mean that you have to change your lifestyle. I’m a prime example of that. I drink, curse, get road rage, eat meat and avoid feeling-sharing in public. You don’t have to become a vegan, quit drinking alcohol, or holds hands in a circle while chanting in order to improve your core strength, body control, endurance and flexibility. There are plenty of yoga brands that focus on the physical fitness aspects while avoiding the other more abstract aspects found in yoga. It all depends on your instructor and their approach. Find one that jives with you and ignore the ones that don’t.

Doing yoga doesn’t make you less masculine. It doesn’t mean that you have one sexual preference over another. Quite frankly, being concerned about your masculinity because you do a particular form of physical fitness is weak as f*** compared to getting into a new form of exercise that you might not be good at. It takes balls to try something new, especially in front of other people.

In all seriousness, seriously — stop being a pussy. Do some yoga with the knowledge that you are taking care of your body for the long run, improving your physical fitness in new ways and learning a new form of no-impact physical fitness that you’ll be able to do your whole life. Who knows, you might even like it.

A short message from the author:

Dean here, Founder and CEO of Man Flow Yoga. I have tons of free videos online that help you learn yoga, regardless of your ability level or past experience. Check those out at www.youtube.com/manflowyoga. If you’re new to yoga, be certain to check out my eBook, Yoga Basics for Men (works for women, too!), a #1 bestseller on Amazon in 4 categories and listed as an Amazon “Best of the Month”. Visit the main website at www.manflowyoga.com and subscribe to my email lists for upcoming events, new workouts, tips about fitness, success, and more!

15 Comments on “Stop Being a Pussy and Do Some Yoga”

  1. Hi Dean,

    I’m a dude who absolutely loves yoga. I’ve been practicing for over a year, and am finishing up Teacher Training. I would love to contribute articles to your blog, if you wouldn’t mind. Hit me up at damartin1906@gmail.com.

    Thanks!
    Dutch Martin

  2. Hi. I’ve really enjoyed your site and posts, but found this message a bit tacky. First and foremost, calling someone a ‘pussy’ or referring to women as ‘smoke shows’ is in poor taste and a bit misogynistic. Second off, implying that yoga is something that my ‘bros’ think is lame kinda takes away from the whole point of Man-flow. I’m trying to be more enlightened and centered and ‘above’ stuff like that. And lastly, like a bunch of your followers (I imagine), I am gay. Making this about checking out women or convincing guys that yoga is ‘manly’ enough is not what I was expecting after all these months. Kinda disappointing.

  3. I am a Yoga teacher and I also have been lifting weights for 34 years and I can tell you that Yoga had transformed my body in a much better way than any weight routine ever has. I have much more functional strength then ever before. Everything that Dean has said in this article is true.

  4. Maybe a better title would be stop being a cottenheaded ninnymuggin since pussys are attached to women and women get up and do yoga all the time. AND women are bad ass and sometimes they even kick guys ass at yoga. Kind of feels like an insult to say stop being a pussy when pussy and women, are fucking amazing. And! They freaking give birth! Pussy can take a fucking beating/pounding. People should stop saying grow some balls and do ———…. grow a fucking vagina and push an 8 lb lug of a baby out of your body. Females know how to give birth and do yoga. And kick ass while doing so.

    1. Kim – completely agree. Women and their parts are amazing. If I didn’t have access, I would probably not want to be alive. The term “pussy” isn’t one that I created. It’s a word for someone who’s being a wuss. Just like the word “dick” is a word for somebody who’s being… well… a dick.

      1. “Stop being a Wussy and do some Yoga”, perhaps a better title here?
        Help everyone keep motivated, healthy & happy here. ok.
        Dean don’t be a such a _____________. !?
        BTW Dean, your Great, keep it Great.

        1. Roger – we’re adults. We can say words like “dick” and “pussy.” Thanks for the feedback! 🙂

  5. Kind of weird how these terms we use to refer our parts…. also have a negative connotation… I don’t get it. But I totally agree. I would not survive without men and their amazing-ness…. or their amazing parts :). Men totally kick ass… while doing yoga. I love when guys do yoga because not only does it show they are secure with themselves and their masculinity, and they don’t care what anyone thinks (which is awesome) but it’s also crazy hot. If a guy doesn’t want to do yoga, he is definitely a wuss.

  6. Yoga should definitely be thought of as a manly activity. …. after all, a lot poses require the strength of ones muscles.

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