YOGA IS not only a physical activity—for many people, it can also be a lifestyle. The practice gives its adherents an opportunity to hone their body while concentrating their mental energies, too. Plus, it’s also a great tool for weight loss. Which is why tons of guys are starting to practice it.
According to Dr. Lisa Blum, PT, DPT, CYT of Shift Wellness, yoga actually began as a male-only activity that included asana (postures), pranayama (breathing techniques), and meditation. The practice was seen as a way to improve both flexibility and strength while calming the mind, she previously told Men’s Health.
Comedian Kevin Hart, actor Will Smith, DJ Zane Lowe, NFL wide receiver Tyreek Hill, NBA great Lebron James, and even Strongmen Brian Shaw and Robert Oberst have at least tried yoga. (Looking to try out a yoga-esque workout? This 8-move yoga-strength mashup will relax your mind and build muscle.) Yoga can do so many wonders for your physical health. It can help you increase your flexibility and mobility, increase your body awareness, strengthen your deep stabilizing muscles, and improve your heart health, Rachel Tavel, is a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) at Shift Wellness in NYC, told Men’s Health.
And like any sport, having the right tools for the practice absolutely essential. Here are the best 40 gifts for the yoga lover in your life, which can make it easier for any yogi to achieve zen wherever they are.
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