The Five Best Yoga Poses For Men

Despite what the stereotypes might lead you to believe, yoga isn’t just for girls.

A great form of exercise for improving strength, flexibility and posture, men can also enjoy yoga classes, especially as many are also focused on helping people to achieve a sense of calm and focus, great after a long week in the office.

Yoga entails a variety of different poses, some easier than others to execute and some that are great for men to try.

Read on to find out more about the five best yoga poses for men.

Standing forward fold

Great for stretching out the entire body, this pose can be tweaked for men that are slightly less agile and flexible.

To perform, start with your feet planted firmly on the floor, close together and facing forwards.

Relax your body forward as you try to touch the floor with the palms of your hands.

If you can’t reach, you can place your hands on your knees or just hover them in the air.

Warrior One

Typically men have broad shoulders and hips that they use frequently when they exercise, so this one is great for stretching out those body parts.

To carry out this pose, place one leg forward and bend into it as though you are performing a lunge.

Stretch the other leg out straight as you raise your arms high above your head.

Improve your power by taking deep breaths as you hold the pose for around 20 seconds.

Who said yoga doesn’t build muscles?

Downward facing dog

No yoga session would be complete without this pose, which is perfect for stretching out the entire body, especially as men often complain about their muscles feeling tight.

To perform, start on the floor on your hands and knees.

Set your knees directly below your hips and your hands slightly forward of your shoulders.

Spread your palms, index fingers parallel or slightly turned out, and turn your toes under as you exhale and lift your knees away from the floor.

Boat pose

Great for increasing strength and building killer abs, this one may take some time to master, but athletic men will love it when they do.

To perform this pose sit on the floor with your legs stretched out in front of you.

Slowly lift your legs off the floor while you keep them straight and raise your arms at the same time.

Bridge pose

Tightness in the torso can lead to shallow breathing and will often make other physical activities harder to carry out, so this one is great for stretching out those muscles.

To perform, lay on your back with your feet planted flat on the floor and arms stretched out by your sides.

Slowly lift your chest, hips and thighs off the floor, creating a bridge with your body.

author: Stephen Coleclough

Stephen Coleclough is a leading international and domestic tax consultant who specialises in solving complex problems. As well as advising on tax matters, Stephen also enjoys exploring topics relating to physical and mental wellbeing. You can follow him on Twitter at SColeclough.


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