The life of a full-time bro can take its toll, leaving their bodies tense and rigid. What these real men need is a good break from all the stress – to relax, breathe deeply, and be in touch with one’s self. Yoga can get you just that but thoughts of walking into a room full of women and embarrassing yourself thereafter is just enough for you to question why you even thought of doing yoga in the first place. Fear not, men. There is now a fitness program merging the core elements of the 3,000-year-old practice with the bromance needs of the modern gent. Say hello to ‘Broga’.
Adding yoga to exercise routines is a great tool to improve flexibility and recovery time. With Broga, participants are to use their strength, endurance, and mobility to achieve different yoga postures that build up the core, tone the muscles, provide intense cardio workout while reducing stress. It’s a great way of working out while “working in”. Brogis can attest that the practice was able to increase their capability in sports and decrease injury incidents. In fact, this new physically challenging drill is slowly growing in popularity and even got star athletes like LeBron James and Shaquille O’Neal joining the band wagon.
Broga creator and co-founder, Robert Sidoti, based in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, started the program in 2009 after noticing how few men were in his classes. He was a fan of yoga for many years and wanted to bring men into the practice so that they could also enjoy its benefits. Seeing that men are more into intense, strenuous activities, he thought of putting a twist to the ancient practice by doing more of a workout approach. Combining the breathing and mindfulness of yoga with high intensity interval training, Broga was thus born.
Aside from the notable vigor that Broga presents which is lacking in yoga, the calm sounds and chanting is replaced by upbeat and empowering music. Instructions and dialogue in classes are also catered to how men communicate – straightforward, clear, and direct. Celebrating the physical over the spiritual and tenacity over litheness, the postures are not as difficult and laborious as they would traditionally be.
Bro-ing up has never been this manly AND soulful. Now you don’t have to think twice about grabbing the yoga mat.
Image: Russell Brand doing Men’s Yoga in the film ‘Forgetting Sarah Marshall’