Daddy’s top 5 benefits of practising yoga
Golf, PlayStation, watch football, drink beer or yoga? While I know which pastimes Ru most definitely prefers, nevertheless he practises yoga about twice a week now. His initial motivations were to stop me nagging, tone his tummy and fall asleep at the end of class but lately he has noticed some very nice added benefits which he thinks are helping to relieve injuries and chill him out, maybe one day his finger nails might even grow back, but for now here are his top 5 benefits of practising yoga.
1. Relieves aches and pains in his back, knees and neck. “Yoga, for me helps with injuries instead of creating them”. Ru has a bad knee and suffers from back and neck pain after driving long distances for work or sleeping in a weird position, often with a puppy and a toddler on him, he feels like the yoga classes really help stretch out any tight areas and relieve tension.
2. He feels a bit more elastic. While sitting crossed-legged for Ru is still torture and any hip opening poses make him cry, he feels that slowly but surely his body is a little more open, free and youthful, hopefully helping to prevent the need for any knee or hip replacement operations in the future.
3. A sense of utter disconnection. “I love the amazing relaxed feeling you experience just after class”. For one hour with no phone, no computer, no emails, no chores and no socks - trying his best to connect his breath with his body and move in a dynamic way, all he feels is absolute disconnection, it takes him a good 15 minutes to be able to speak coherently and remember his name afterwards. Surely that’s a good thing.
4. Gives him more energy. Ru is the first to to fall asleep in savasana at the end of class and I see that in most men, they seem to be able to let-go into yogic sleep with a lot more ease than women, often snoring blissfully for a while.
This 5-10 minutes deep relaxation at the end of class helps to eradicate the feelings of exhaustion that everyday life brings. Don’t ever rush out of class and miss the best bit at the end, your body needs it more than you know.
5. Tone and fitness. “I really like the fact that you exercise parts of body never exercised in common sports and learn how to use the breath properly”. Ru loves the upper-body strengthening poses such as chaturanga and planks - as most men do, he feels after 2 classes of yoga a week he doesn’t have to do any other toning exercises, so much so he cancelled his gym membership at Christmas - seems like we really do have a convert!
This year La Casa Del Yoga has seen a significant increase in men practising yoga and our retreats are becoming very popular with boys too - proving that yoga is not just for girls, hippies and people who can touch their toes.
Fancy a full weekend of yoga in the Basque Country? We offer retreats all-year round, the yoga is fun, dynamic, accessible and truly relaxing, check Bilbao Yoga Retreats out here.