USA Today: Yoga is 5,000 years old, great way to meet women. [Yoga Journal]

Via Waylon Lewis
on Feb 6, 2009
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Why are more men doing yoga?

USA Today goes deep on the more-men-doing-yoga-trend. Excerpt:


Guys are spending more time on the mat, according to an end-of-year study by the Yoga Journal. About 700,000 more men are practicing yoga than four years ago — 16.5 million up from 15.8 million, according to the study.

Despite the perception that predominantly women do tree poses, traditionally only men practiced yoga in India, says Dayna Macy, communications director of Yoga Journal. She jokes that yoga is a “great way to meet women,” but in actuality the overall popularity of the energy workout has grown tremendously in the past four years.

The study found that the number of Americans who want to try yoga has tripled to 18 million since 2004, and Macy said it’s because people are discovering that yoga is not simply a cool trend, but a great workout.

“Yoga is not a fad. It’s 5,000 years old. And while people will come and go, the number of practitioners has remained pretty consistent in the last five years simply because it works,” Macy said. “It strengthens the body and calms the mind. People need to ground and calm themselves when life around them is unstable.”

Yoga Journal took a statistical sample of 5,050 people, what it felt was representative of the American population, and based its conclusions on that sample.

As everyone is trying to cut back this season, Macy suggests free podcasts and live-streaming classes available on the internet. She also suggests DVDs, if you can’t afford classes.




About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


10 Responses to “USA Today: Yoga is 5,000 years old, great way to meet women. [Yoga Journal]”

  1. Sarah Miller says:

    this is funny. men make up 2%-5% of my classes. and i kinda don’t think it’s to meet wombyn. i could be wrong…..but most are too concerned with how they can’t touch their toes, or forcing themselves into an asana they aren’t ready for. whatever works i guess…..

  2. I’ve been going to yoga classes (Iyengar and Ashtanga) for nearly 20 years and have met lots of women in that time, but I go primarily to meet my self 😉

  3. Michael says:

    Exactly! That's why I go!

  4. william smith says:

    Everyday people are reporting their wonderful experiences on health benefits of Yoga, the transformation of being, taking you beyond the here and now. In one wonderful session of Yoga, people get to practice a number of things, some Yoga poses (asanas) breathing exercises (pranayama), meditation and chanting. In Yoga you get to learn basic terms like Mudras, Bandhas and Chakras. Best of all, Yoga is fun and relaxing while, at the same time, being delectably challenging to beginners.Derived from the Sanskrit root “Yujir Yogey” meaning to unite, to yoke, to join, to put together, Yoga is not about mind over body. On the other hand, Yoga is about developing harmony between them. In Yoga, you use your mind to perceive (diagnose) and guide (heal) your body. Never control, let alone force it!

  5. Abigail says:

    I've been giving my single, male friends this advice ever since I began practicing yoga! Because, in the end, it's the really good women who hit the mat regularly. There's a good chance they eat right, have a generally healthy lifestyle, and get enough sleep at night. In short, a perfect long-time companion.

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