I have always enjoyed yoga and found it very relaxing, but never taken it up seriously or on a regular basis. In fact, I have only used it as a way of de-stressing when life gets a little hectic. It’s my antidote for exams, work and my sister (I’m joking she is lovely). I would love to set more time aside to properly learn the practice. Most guys think that yoga isn’t for men but it is so good for your overall health! For a budding athlete or someone wishing to improve their health and fitness it has a myriad of benefits. It can improve;
- Muscle strength
- Balance and stability
- Blood circulation
- Reduce stress
Doing a Crow Pose, Wearing OHMME, Dharma Yoga pants in grey.
Active wear is a barrier for men trying to get involved in the wellness industry
For a long time now I have been really disappointed in the selection of active wear available for men. To the point where I have considered launching my own clothing line. Women have thousands of brands to choose from! From the well known brands such as; Sweaty Betty, Lululemon and Lorna Jane to the newer brands such as; Adanola, Varley, Lilybod, The Sports Edit, Charli Cohen, GymShark, I could go on forever! Now I – unlike most men – have absolutely no qualms with wearing women’s clothing, anyone that saw me at Wilderness Festival would have no doubt noticed that I was sporting a rather lovely pair of purple, crushed velvet leggings, courtesy of my mother who bought them back in the late 60s. And those leggings are not the only item of clothing that my mother has passed down to me (I also have some rather fetching shirts).
But not every man is as relaxed as I am, so what are they to do? Of course you could buy from the likes of Nike or Adidas, but that’s just a bit boring. Alternatively you could buy from the likes of Gymshark or Physiq Apparel but not every guy wants to walk into the gym or a yoga class wearing a muscle hugging T-shirt that might as well say PR*CK in big bold letters across the chest. All men need a tight T in their active wear collection but it is not to be worn everyday.
Whilst dancing around Wilderness Fest in my envy invoking leggings I came across a pop up shop selling yoga wear just for men. I was really impressed with not just the designs but the quality of the fabric and how they fit your body, to the point where I felt the need to immediately express just how impressed I was. Honestly I felt like aplauding them. So a few weeks after the festival I got my hands on some OHMME yoga wear . I went for their signature yoga trousers, shorts and a plain black T.
Where to Begin?
Getting some new and rather stylish active wear has encouraged me to set aside more time for yoga, even if it means not going to a class and just doing some in the garden or indoors in front of a YouTube tutorial.
If you are a beginner, like myself, here is a great YouTube video that walks you through the 7 most basics yoga poses step by step. It is a great place to start. VIDEO.
Doing a Supported Headstand. For a list of every yoga pose by; type, benefit or A-Z head to the YogaJournal.com It is a great resource full of helpful tips and tricks!
Doing a Handstand. Wearing OHMME, 2 Dogs Lined Yoga Shorts & OHMME, Bamboo Yoga T-Shirt. Don’t worry I can only hold this for 4-5 seconds at the moment. I am slowly getting better. I love these shorts! They are lined top to bottom so when you do a handstand it keeps your bits and pieces covered and your dignity intact (depending on how long you hold the handstand of course).
To finish off the blog post I though I would mention some of my favourite yoga themed Instagram accounts. Give these guys and girls a follow for some serious yogi inspo!
If anyone can recommend a yoga class in London that they really enjoyed and is a bit different that would be greatly appreciated!
And if you fancy joining me for a class just DM me @healthyjon.