In honor of Father's Day being in June, we decided it was high time we celebrate the men who join us on the mat. It is interesting that yoga, once a practice exclusively for men, is now — at least in the U.S. — dominated mainly by women and many men feel that yoga is not for them because…
~I’m not flexible enough ~It’s not challenging enough ~I know how to breathe ~I want to get stronger, etc.
While we know we can dispel these myths and/or prove them wrong, we felt it would be better to let our guys speak for themselves. And because we know that representation matters, we would like to represent some of the men who have stepped outside of their own comfort zones to try something new and found a home here at Blue Sky Yoga. Maybe, our guys will help convince the men in your life to check out a yoga class or two with you!
How did you discover Blue Sky Yoga?
Completely by accident! I thought I was going to a different yoga studio. Fortunately, I took a class and loved the people, the instructor, and the space, so I continue to come back and continue the journey.
How long have you been doing yoga? What brought you to the practice?
Three years. Curiosity. I always knew about yoga and wanted to give it a try.
If you were a yoga pose what would you be and why?
Humble warrior. I love the idea of being firmly rooted in yourself while giving yourself to others by showing humility. It’s a great example of how we should strive to live our lives.
What is your favorite asana?
I like that it allows me to be still for a few moments.
What are some changes that you have noticed in yourself as you’ve continued your yoga journey (mind/body/spirit)?
The body — I’ve noticed an increase in strength, flexibility, and breathing. My mind — I’ve noticed that I am more present throughout the day. I’m also calmer than before I started practicing. I think it all has to do with learning to focus on my breath. Spirt — I am just starting to delve in the spiritual side of yoga, so I can’t really comment on any changes that I’ve seen.
What would you say to someone who is scared to try yoga or who doesn’t think yoga is for them?
Simply try it. You have nothing to lose and so much to gain. Additionally, for those that are shy or are worried about looking funny…no one is paying attention to you. Everyone is focused on their own practice.
Describe an interesting fact about yourself. The weirder the better. (Something other than yoga.)
I was born 2.5 months premature and was given less than 24 hours to live.
When you are not on your mat what other things do you do to occupy your time?