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N16351D Posts: 2,349
12/9/12 10:53 P

How about a stretching routine (See Bob Anderson's stretching book), and/or Yogalates, or a different yoga class without the meditation part (which I personally do not care for), or a co-ed yoga class with about 50% men and 50% women? (Hard to find in my community!)

What about body resistance exercises which incorporate parts of Yoga or Pilates such as plank, and numerous other parts of the programs.

Look around your community, try some DVDs by other instructors, consider making up your own routine. I hope something works for you.

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12/9/12 9:45 P

Stratusphere Yoga for Men DVD.

www.trishstratus.com/shop/dvds/

DALCANT757 Posts: 152
12/9/12 9:42 P

I hear DDP Yoga is about the "manliest" yoga regimen there is.

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12/9/12 8:00 P

My chiropractor (who teaches anatomy and physiology at the University) recommended that I start the P90X yoga program. I don't think you'll find ANYTHING 'soft' about that! It'll kick your backside!

Extreme Yoga Workout - P90x Yoga X - YouTube
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SIMPLELIFE2 Posts: 707
12/9/12 7:27 P

I would try anything labeled power yoga or vinyasa yoga. You move through the poses rather quickly and it's rather athletic. I'm not sure about online videos, but I check out video all of the time from my library. It's a great way of constantly changing things up. Videos produced by Yoga Journal and Gaiam are usually good with lots instructional elements.

I'm like your partner. I'll pass on the deeply spiritual aspects, but have appreciated some on the philosophical viewpoints. It really has helped with my flexibility and cured an issue I had with sciatica from cycling. I've also gained a ton of balance and stability. I would highly recommend anyone who is interested in a well-rounded fitness program to pursue yoga.

LUANN_IN_PA Posts: 16,263
12/9/12 4:37 P

"but really has no interest in the soft voice/flute music/ breathe into your chakras part of the culture."

Must be a teacher thing...
I have practiced yoga in three different studios over the years, and I never heard flute music and none stressed chakras.

re the soft voices: yoga does not lend itself to shouting.

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12/9/12 3:49 P

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12/9/12 12:50 P

Thanks! I should specify that we're looking for routines we can do at home as our budget is tight.

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12/9/12 12:06 P

hot yoga is a lot more athletic and a lot less spiritual.

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12/9/12 11:43 A

Hi all,

I've been practicing yoga on and off for about ten years and I really enjoy it. My partner is interested in trying too (he's intrigued by the strength and relaxation benefits I get from it), but really has no interest in the soft voice/flute music/ breathe into your chakras part of the culture. He wants the stretching without the other stuff. I'd love it if we could share our practice so I'm looking for a compromise.

Can anyone relate, and have you found any way to practice this way (without the spirituality), particularly using online videos? I don't disrespect or disregard the very real, spiritual significance of yoga practices for some; it's just not what resonates for him and I'd love him to be able to integrate the practice into his life in a helpful way.

Thanks!





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