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Real Men Do Yoga: 21 Star Athletes Reveal Their Secrets for Strength, Flexibility and Peak Performance Paperback – August 1, 2003
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I've been practicing Yoga for about 7 years now daily. I used to be intensely involved in weight training and I'm in much better shape and feel a hundred times better doing Yoga than I did before. There are several reasons for this.
First of all, you can do Yoga every day which means you can feel great every day. In my case I vary the intensity of my practice, some days more of a power routine and other days more of a gentle approach to stay physically "open". You are truly as young as your spine is (and your joints, muscles, ligaments (etc.) as well
Second, it involves whole body movements so you are not overtraining any one area. While you certainly aren't going to get the size that you will from weight training, you will get incredibly muscular everywhere. My torso has more subtle definition from daily yoga than my former weight training regimen.
You also get whole body, "real life" strength. You learn to work with your body in an integrated fashion that will help you in your day to day movements. Even if you are doing very physical work you'll find you can do it more effectively because your body works cohesively.
Third, you learn how to breathe more completely. This helps with stress, fatigue and also your ability to focus.
Fourth, if you do a vigorous vinyasa style of yoga several times a week (one that is continuously flowing) you CAN actually get a pretty intense cardio workout (this is my only point of disagreement with the author who thinks you still need a separate cardio practice).Read more ›
My own personal journey towards yoga includes receiving All American recognition as a college football player as well as a long time practicing martial artist. In my early 30�s I began to feel the tremendous physical abuse I had subjected my body to throughout the years. My shoulders ached so painfully at night, I couldn�t sleep. It was time to start taking a look at other alternative methods of staying in shape outside of bench presses, bicep curls and protein shakes, which in all actuality just maintained my inflating waistline.
It was time for a much needed change, which first led me to return to the martial arts, explore Tai Chi and finally Yoga. At 240 plus lbs, you have a tendency to stand out in the middle of yoga class that usually consists of about 85% women. I loved the energy and atmosphere so much, it inspired me to participate in a yoga teachers training program and eventually open my own tai chi and yoga center in New York City. This summer, after purchasing RMDY we now dedicate Thursday evenings to a men's practice. This wonderful book is timely, speaking directly to the modern male athlete, although anyone would benefit from reading this book as it strips away the stereotypes while focusing on the real benefits of practicing yoga, which include greater flexibility, strength and balance. And the list of names and pictures of well-known professional athletes utilizing this ancient Eastern practice is mind blowing. I wish this book would have been accessible to me 20 years ago, but I guess there is time for everything. Highly recommended...
I'd always been interested in yoga, but had always been put off by yoga books, which invariably come larded with new age gobblegook and stuffed with photographs of super-fit contortionists, none of whom seem to have a body anything like mine.
Real Men Do Yoga comes good on all counts. It's written with humor, intelligence and an awareness of what concerns men approaching yoga for the first time. It demystifies yoga - the photos feature an identifiably regular guy - while explaining clearly and interestingly how it can help the ordinary jock. And it is wonderfully good at helping anyone who wants to integrate yoga into a broader exercise regime. At the risk of sounding new agey, I'd say that, given time, this book might just change my life.
But as a newbie, I can highly recommend this book for its easy-to-understand yet comprehensive walk-through of basic yoga.
At first, I was turned off by the use of famous professional athletes in this book. I prided myself on being from a more cynical generation than my parents, where they bought Mr. Coffee because Joe DiMaggio was its spokesman. So I was bit turned off by the prominent photos of Eddie George and Dan Marino, to name but two of the prominent athletes depicted in this book. I'm well aware that pro athletes will do anything for a buck, so their pictures in the book did nothing to impress me.
But then I read the book, and the athletes' testimonials started to make sense when I started to understand the exercises described in its pages. And thanks to those thorough - yet basic! - explanations, I have been able to start my first yoga routines.
And that's saying something, because I'm the last guy that anyone would expect to pick up yoga - stiff as a board, father of two young girls with no free time whatsoever.
But this book worked for me. It lays out reasonable explanations of why I should do these exercises. No mysticism, no tapping into my inner being, just good plain common sense - even in the section about meditation!
If you're an experienced yoga practitioner, this is probably not the book for you. But if you're a guy and you're looking to give yoga a shot, this is one of the better books you can pick up. It's educational, cautious (no "You'll look better and start turning heads in 10 days!" promises), and yet optimistic about the benefits yoga can provide to the average American male who gives it a try.
All in all, well worth the investment.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book for yoga beginners. Author does a good job of describing the poses and explaining what the purpose is. Read morePublished 14 months ago by M. Hall
Amazing book! Really got me into yoga. Didn't want to join a class or anything. Now i do yoga twice a day. My joints love it. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Nathan Driggs
I bought this for my grandson and ended up reading it myself. I have been doing yoga for years but it is very hard to get men to try it. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Louise
Actually, I quite handicapped, so I really can't utilize the book as intended. For "normal" people it should be great!Published 16 months ago by GUDBOOKS2
Our son likes the book. He is a weight lifter and wanted to try yoga to address the areas that weight lifting doesn't. Read morePublished 20 months ago by C. Farley