Have you ever walked into a yoga class and felt completely out of place?
Or maybe you haven't even gone to a class because of nerves.
More often than not, 90% of the students and the teacher of a yoga class are women. The women outnumber men, classes are often taught for the female body, meaning it can be awkward and uncomfortable for an inflexible male.
It doesn't have to be that way though. With the right modifications you can make any yoga pose safe and beneficial for your body. This course will show you how to modify the most common yoga poses for a tight male body.
Join yoga teacher, Amanda Kingsmith, and her partner, Ryan Ferguson, as they explore the most common yoga poses taught in a class and how each poses can be modified for a tight male body.
Welcome to Yoga for Men! In this lecture you will meet Amanda and Ryan, your guides for the course.
Most yoga classes are taught by women for women. This creates some challenges as a male starting your yoga journey. Ryan shares some of the challenges of learning yoga as a inflexible man.
Almost every yoga class starts from a crosslegged seated position. If you're a man with tight hips, how can you adjust to a comfortable seated posture?
You will see men doing forward folds wrong in 90% of yoga classes. WIth tight hamstrings you need to adjust the pose to keep your spine safe.
Downward Dog is often called a "rest" pose. But as a stiff guy you will often find yourself struggling to stay in Downward Facing Dog for more than a minute. With some simple adjustments you will increase stability and enjoyment.
Cobra pose looks simple, but it is often done wrong by men. Strength can be your enemy if you torque your spine past your natural range of motion in Cobra. Find out how to adjust and where to stop.
Warrior one is straightforward, but a ton of people do it wrong. The key is paying attention to your hips and knowing where your range of motion is.
Warrior two is usually the pose right after warrior one in a sun salutation. Learn how to set yourself up properly for this standing pose.
Triangle pose is very common during standing series. For beginners it is often done wrong at a high cost. The key to triangle is knowing when to stop pushing. Find out how in this lecture.
Tree pose is a restful standing posting, and it may be the simplest of all, but there are a few important details to pay attention to.
As a man, a series of seated forward folds can be the most frustrating part of a yoga class. You'll be tempted to compensate for lack of flexibility with strength. Learn how to find your range of motion, adjust, and master the mental game in seated forward fold.
Pigeon pose is the most common hip opening pose. Hips often the most troublesome area for a man. So setting up correctly and supporting yourself in pigeon is key.
Shoulder stand looks scary, but is actually pretty simple. Learn how to safely enter shoulder stand and what to do instead if you have neck or back problems.
You know how to nail the most common poses, but how do you transition between them?
Moving from pose to pose is often where beginners expose themselves to injury. Learn how to safely move between common poses in this lecture.
Now it's time to put everything you've learned into practice. This 30 minute guided yoga practice will incorporate all the yoga poses you've learned and will be very similar to a slow flow class at your local studio.
I'm a yoga practitioner and teacher, writer, podcast host, lover of travel and learning. My goal is to help others to live a happier and healthier life and to inspire others to find their passion and follow their dreams. I seek to empower others through my yoga teaching and writing.
I am a podcast host, writer, yoga enthusiast and co-creator of the Yoga for Men course. I co-host The World Wanderers Podcast where we share inspiring stories of personal growth through travel.
I was interested in creating the Yoga for Men course because of my personal experience as a yoga practitioner. I am passionate about helping other people, whether it be through my writing, podcasts, or online courses.