Yoga For Men: Your Not-So Secret Weapon | Yoga 15

Abi Carver
8 min readFeb 10, 2020

More than half of my students are men, which is counterintuitive in a discipline dominated by women. There are two main reasons for this. Firstly, when I designed the original 115 Yoga 15 videos, my then boyfriend, a keen mountain biker, was my test subject for each and every sequence. And secondly, because I had my first success with an article I wrote for Pink Bike-a primarily male community and website. Subsequent projects with The Sufferfest, Crankworx, The Inertia, Roman Fitness Systems, RSNG and others followed on from there.

Also, I don’t really enjoy yoga classes as they are commonly taught. I like a bit of spirituality but not too much, I appreciate the benefits of constant variety which is difficult to achieve as a class teacher, I’m much more interested in the fundamentals than I am in the fancy stuff, I like my sessions to be the most efficient and effective use of my time possible and I value teachers with over a decade of experience. I, therefore, feel a kinship with anyone marginalised by the current yoga scene.

To address the elephant in the room, clearly I don’t look like many of the men who practice my videos. I am, for the most part, smaller and more flexible. And that’s ok. Yoga isn’t about imitating shapes. It’s about understanding the objectives of each pose and finding a way to achieve those objectives in your body.

THE BENEFITS OF YOGA FOR MEN

I couldn’t be happier with the popularity of my videos with men. There is nothing more rewarding than bringing yoga to a population that can benefit from it so profoundly and for whom it is not as accessible as we might hope. Regular students quickly report experiencing relief from debilitating pain, reduced overall tension, greater kinaesthetic awareness, improved suppleness and agility, more energy, better breath control, improved posture, fewer injuries and radical improvements in their athletic performance. They also find that they naturally start to make healthier life choices and look after themselves better.

Yoga allows you to do the things that you love more efficiently and for longer. Whatever sport you play, whatever activities you enjoy, yoga gives you the energy, mental balance and freedom from tension that allows you to pursue those passions…

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Abi Carver

Creator of YOGA 15, Yoga for Athletic Performance and Recovery.