I set up my very first class in April 2015 as a men only class.
I’ve seen the change in men’s attitudes over the last ten to fifteen years. From “NO CHANCE!” to “AYE, IVE HEARD ITS GOOD FOR YOU!”
Funny thing is that yoga was actually created for men in ancient India and dance was for women.
As yoga moved west it was taken up mostly by middle class women.
With everyone from Andy Murray to professional football and rugby players now regularly practicing yoga, it is firmly back on the agenda for men.
Women tend to find many outlets in life. Whether it’s through organised classes or events or tapping into their friends.
We men often find it harder to take care of our emotional and physical well being. Let’s face it everybody at some point gets tired, stressed and fatigued.
A men only class allows guys the ability to practice without the awkwardness of being the only man in the class, which I’m quite well aware of myself. In fact, at magpie yoga we have so successfully integrated men into regular mixed classes, that the need for men only classes has actually fallen away. Having said that if any new starts feel more comfortable with men only starter classes I do put on 4 week blocks when demand requires.
Men only starter block classes can open the door for men to join regular mixed classes which previously may have been unthinkable.
. . . Have a go guys. . . It doesn’t have to be bingo in a gym hall. See you on the mat.