By Chanie Kirschner | Mother Nature Network
If you’re a man who has struggled through yoga class feeling self-conscious next to a woman who can touch her nose to her knees with ease, take heed. A Broga studio may be coming to a city near you.
But what is Broga, exactly?
Created and co-founded by Robert Sidoti in Massachusetts in 2011, Broga is a yoga class geared for men. The Broga website explains that “Broga combines the best core-strengthening, muscle-toning, cardio-working, stress-reducing, clarity-enhancing yoga postures with functional fitness exercises for an amazing workout.” It also proclaims that it’s a place where “it’s OK if you can’t touch your toes.”
Where did the idea for a yoga workout tailored just for men come from? It all started with Sidoti’s own passion for yoga. He’d been practicing yoga for over 10 years and found that it really helped him. “First of all, [yoga’s] a great feeling. I played a lot of basketball, a lot of golf, it affected my flexibility in a real positive way, also the strength,” Sidoti told NPR. “I was able to hit the golf ball longer. I was able to play longer, my stamina was increased. So I just really fell in love with it.”
Though Sidoti embraced yoga, he knew that many men did not. The name was born after a get-together with friends in which one urged him to “do something for the bros … what about Broga?”
So the concept was born. And since its inception in 2011, Broga’s popularity has taken off, with classes offered in studios and gyms across the country. How is it different from regular yoga? The classes are non-judgmental, there is no traditional yoga chanting, and new-age yoga music is replaced with music from the likes of Radiohead or The Black Keys.
Here are three terrific articles about the benefits of Yoga:
- 10 Amazing Reasons to Always Practice Yoga
- Another Study Shows What Yoga Can Really Do For Your Health
- Healing the Mind: Science Shows Yoga Can Help Treat Depression, Anxiety