Father Yoga – Really??? Well, I love Robert Downey Jr. Not just for his bewitching smile but for being a Yogi as well. I love how he tries to stay positive even after the downs he faced in his life. Matthew McConaughey, LeBron James, Adam Levine are few of yoga men who loved to get sexy right on the mat.
As Father’s Day is gearing up quite soon, I picked up the strength to convince my dad to join yoga. Sadly in today’s world men don’t get a chance to experience the benefits of yoga. This is mainly coz yoga has always been kinda ‘girly’ thing for many. However this is plain misconception. Yoga benefits both man and woman. So it really takes a confident guy to enter a class of girls and practice stretching. I remind you yet again and again that yoga is not just for girls.
So here are four reasons why Yoga can be great for your dad and a great gift for Father’s Day.
Father Yoga – Stretch It Out
Men tend to complain about lack of flexibility. So just about every yoga pose can assist in improving the joints and muscles suppleness. Trikonasana (Triangle pose), forward bends such as Upavistha Konasana and simple twists will enhance the flexibility.
Just to self assert their strength many men tend to explore various poses quite vigorously. This can hurt or sprain the body. Patience is the keyword. Go easy and take it gentle while performing. This is because you are conducting an ahimsa to yourself and all other living beings.
Father Yoga – Chucks Out Stress
One of the major benefits of Yoga is to eliminate stress that seeks out almost every human in the planet. In fact heart disease is the number one killer of men in US. And the underlying reason is stress combined with other factors that increase the heart disease risk. Stress also raises the cholesterol and blood pressure levels. As per American Heart Association, such issues are provoked by physical inactivity, smoking, drinking, and overeating.
If your dad is suffering from stress, a yoga mat would be the best Father’s Day gift. There are several studies to show that yoga activates the vagus nerve. This is a very influential parasympathetic nerve that affects the heart.
Few of the suggested poses for inhibiting stress include Paschimottanasana (Seated Forward Bend) along with other forward bends. Such poses stimulate the internal organs which have sensory connections to the vagus nerve.
Father Yoga helps to Alleviate Back Pain
Yoga’s ability to alleviate back pain is one of the strongest point that has motivated many to practice and indulge in Yogic postures. Dr. Loren Fishman, M.D., Assistant Clinical Professor of Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine at Columbia Medical School, NY said that yoga postures has delivered around 80% success in his medical practice. Prominent poses such as Salabhasana (Locust Pose), Setu Bandha Sarvangasana (Bridge Pose) etc. are great for herniated disc.
Get Rid Of That Pot Belly With Father Yoga
Many yogic postures stimulate the stretch receptors in the stomach and duodenum. The duodenum is the first part of the small intestine between your tummy and middle part of the intestine. It helps in turning off the appetite centers in the brain says Dr. Loren Fishman.
Doing Warrior I/II poses, Parivrtta Tarikonasana (Revolved Triangle Pose) 20 minutes before your meal with reduce your calorie intake.
Silencing The Unstable Mind
One of the best parts of yoga and meditation is the calming effect that it delivers. Knowing your inner mind and self not to mention feeling the bodily sensations can quiet the mind. You will be focusing at the present moment that will improve the concentration as well.
With Father’s Day nearing, it’s time to share the wisdom of Yoga benefits. Not to mention change the old default system that yoga is an activity restricted only for women. Practicing yoga delivers benefits that expand more than your physical body. It’s also about realizing your inner self better kind of a spiritual awakening.