Yoga for Men with Missy Hoffman
4:30 Discrimination against men re: yoga
Many believe that yoga should not be modified for men; yoga is for all.
But men and women have different social conditioning, motivations, physical and muscular differences.
6:30 Missy’s research: 80% of Western men agree with the statement that yoga is for women. In India, yoga was primarily a male activity. As it moved from India to the West, businesses started marketing it to primarily more affluent women. In the West, yoga is seen as feminine. Men want to know the outcome, benefits, and function to start practicing yoga. Their motivation in different
9:20 Yoga conversations are demonising physical aspects of yoga and yet this is the way many men start. They are at the beginning more interested in the physical aspects, especially how this can help them with injuries, stress and other athletic endeavours.
About half the men start yoga by coming with a friend, usually female. It helps to get over the barriers invisible to women but obvious to men in a yoga class.
12:16 To teach men, break it into steps and a slower progression, use language they understand
Meet each student where they are at, assuring them that being uncomfortable at the beginning is natural. Tell them the tangible outcomes of a yoga practice. Enhances awareness of the body and emotional state.
15:00 Men have to come to their own realisation of the worth of yoga in relation to what are the outcomes for their body and emotions
18:35 Missy explains why she is adding touch to her list of skills as she takes training in massage therapy. Touch is quite controversial currently with many men being accused of inappropriate touch. Men can be quite confused about what is ok and what is not. There is a lot of fear and shame around touch for men. So may tend to not touch in any situation. Touch helps them with their evolving yoga practice. Touch can also be a trigger for trauma, so permission is always asked for and only given with permission. Teaching about boundaries with asking for permission to touch.
29:00 Attracting men to yoga classes and as yoga therapy clients. You teach men differently. Have them opt-in to the process: this is what I see, here is the process with explanation based on evidence based principles, here are the goals you told me you want to achieve. Functional mobility is of most value to men at the beginning and should be where the emphasis should be placed initially. When they see the value, they often become yoga practitioners for life.
33:30 Missy has launched an online course on to develop and maintain a home practice. And also offers a free 30 minute mobility assessment. More information is on her website.
Online course: www.missykai.yoga/courses
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