Day 29~ Hey Guys

OK, since I’m a guy, I feel compelled to say something about our minority in the yoga community. Men ruled yoga until the latter years of the 20th century. Now it’s at least 80/20 women, although at OTM I have been in classes that are 50/50. I’m sure there is plenty of research about why more men don’t do yoga. Not competitive enough? Too touchy-feely? Teachers that tell you are doing “beautiful?” There’s a Yoga Barbie, why not a Yoga Ken? Whatever the reasons, I’m not here to make learned remarks. Rather, I offer some anecdotal observations about my fellow travelers. Guys generally sweat a lot more and sometimes are unaware of the mess they leave behind. There seems to be a disproportionate number of bald guys (like me) or am I just projecting? Guys aren’t into outfits very much – gym shorts or sweats and tee shirts work fine for most. You tend to hear more huffing and puffing and grunting and groaning from guys. Maybe it’s to prove how hard we are working. I’ve tried to think of what might attract more guys to practice yoga and I keep coming back to beer.