As I get older trying to stay in peak physical condition becomes more difficult. At the same time, it's a constant struggle to move like I used to.
When faced with aging many men go to weight lifting, your standard cardio, or simply do less. They look over Yoga because it's done by the women in their lives. In fact, doing Yoga is one of the best anti-aging options we have.
Even those men thinking about doing yoga are often intimidated by a room full of women in tight spandex without having ever done it before. If that's you, you're not alone.
While an instructor is certainly a great option down-the-road, starting from the beginning and using instructional videos and DVDs is a good place to start.
What do men gain from doing Yoga?
Men's Fitness says that doing yoga helps men to relieve stress, get flexible, sculpt muscles, prevent workout injuries, and even increase sexual stamina.
5 Good Beginner to Expert Yoga DVDs and Video Routines for Men
Whether you're a true beginner or simply looking for a Yoga workout that's not as difficult, Rodney Yee's Yoga DVDs are a good place to start.
He has several DVDs made specifically for various types of goals you're trying to achieve. These include an energy and stress relief video, abs, and even backcare beginning videos. No matter what your goals are, these are a good place to start. For a more general DVD, I like Rodney Yee’s Yoga for Beginners.
Rodney Yee's Power Yoga the Complete Workout
Pros: This video is a great introduction to the high energy practice of power yoga and is complimented by beautiful scenery and soothing, relaxing music. One aspect that we really love is that this video includes three 20-minute workouts with the option to do them combined or separately. Rodney Yee has excellent cueing which keeps the moves flowing. With a variety of poses, some relaxing and some challenging, this video offers a balanced workout.
Cons: The exercises move very quickly, and though Yee suggests that this is a beginner workout, the pace is quick, so you'll want to be familiar with basic yoga exercises. Besides the fact that we love that the workout can be done in sections or at one time, when done all at once, the poses can become repetitive and a bit tedious, making an hour workout seem much longer.
Bob Harper - Yoga for the Warrior
Pros: For those of us who are experienced in exercise videos, and even for those of us who aren't, you'll recognize the name "P90X" as one of the top contenders. Bob Harper's video is not the yoga video from P90X, but it is on a level that can compare. This video is about an hour long and is a solid power yoga workout that will work the entire body.
Cons: While yoga is traditionally a relaxing exercise filled with soothing sounds of the forest and hushed voices, Bob keeps his personality at the forefront, sometimes coming off harsh or annoying. In addition, this is a tough workout, and you sometimes find yourself cheating at the positions because of the difficulty or personal fatigue.
Baron Baptiste: Unlocking Athletic Power - Power Vinyasa Yoga
This video is for those looking for a bit more of a challenge. It's a very strenuous and demanding workout.
Pros: This video is a fantastic way to become introduced to yoga as it focuses on traditional poses. Known for its rigorous workout, this video keeps you on your toes, constantly moving from one pose into the next. Unlike Rodney Yee's video, you definitely won't feel bored during this video. Baptiste is a wonderful instructor and easy to listen to. Albeit, his form of yoga is definitely an exercise, but you leave the workout feeling invigorated rather than fatigued.
Cons: This video's workout is demanding, however it's just less than 30 minutes, which is a little short for some people's daily workout. Also, though it's said to be for all levels of Yogi's, this is a strenuous training and shouldn't be bought with the assumption that this will be perfect for a little meditation.
Total Body Workout 4 Life Men's Yoga DVD
Pros: This is a great beginner's video and is an excellent work up to some more advanced yoga. We were impressed by the technicality of the warrior dance in this video and enjoy the different take to traditional yoga.
Cons: The style and quality of this DVD is outdated, and the host's style of teaching seems a little bit awkward compared to the techniques used by other yoga instructors.
A Good Men's Yoga DVD for Back Health
Men's Back Health through Yoga
Pros: Designed for the beginner, this is great way for men from all walks of life to discover freedom from pain in their back, alleviate current and avoid future injuries, add comfort and energy to athletic training, work and everyday living. I believe that the approach to training in this video is very well geared to men, especially to those who are unfamiliar with the benefits of the entire Yoga experience.
I found the music to be relaxing and enjoyable. The instructor is a woman, with a soothing voice, reassuring confidence, and a relaxing demeanor, which makes for an all-around great experience.
Cons: Because this video is geared for back relief, it is not quite as enhancing for the entire body. While many with back pain say this video creates a positive difference, some men who have gone through serious injuries claim that this video only made the pain worse.
While many men view yoga as a feminine exercise, those who begin the workouts find themselves gaining flexibility and muscle mass they didn't know was even there.
Out of these five great videos, I think that the best place to start is Rodney Yee’s Yoga for Beginners. Check it out if you're just getting started.
It's at a good level for those who are unfamiliar with yoga poses, while also being a strenuous workout. The structure of this video is classic and appealing to all types of men.
Which Yoga DVD Do You Use Most?
What Yoga DVD Do You Recommend?
Davinahenry145 on December 10, 2013:
The physical poses were actual added later to the practice in order to make it more comfortable.
SmartYoga on December 10, 2013:
I have a great one, but it's a different one than the ones above! However, just wanted to say that I think it's great to find a lens about yoga for men! It's very female dominated, which is a shame, given the incredible benefits of it to almost everyone!! Keep practicing guys;-)!!
Davinahenry145 on December 04, 2013:
Working out should not be done only on your free time because there are periods in a year when busy people.