Lets have a quick chat to the Guy that is bringing us Yoga For Blokes see what he says about Yoga ….. and Blokes
Welcome to Yoga Sol.
We are so happy to have you on board with our Yoga For Blokes class.
Firstly let me say thank you to you and the team at Yoga Sol for the opportunity to teach at your wonderful centre. I will try and answer your questions as best possible
1)Why do you think Yoga for Blokes is becoming more and more popular?
With yoga becoming more widely used, by sports teams and as a great way to stay both physically and mentally healthy, I think more guys are ready to see what its all about.
2)What makes Yoga for Blokes different from any other class?
The difference form your normal class is that this is designed specifically for guys. Guys bodies are different to women.I will be organising the class around those in the room and what they need on the day.
3)What sort of blokes are coming to Yoga at the moment and what sort of blokes do you think will be coming to a specialised class just for men?
The great thing about yoga is that it does allow everyone to be part of the class, I have taught classes to Doctors, Police Officers, Tradies and stay at home Dads. I hope that this keeps happening.
4) Yoga has been dominated by women in our modern day western yoga studios for such a long time that it is seen as something for girls, but now we see the AFL and NRL are both employing Yoga Teachers as part of their core team for looking after the Health and fitness of their players. Do you think this will be something that influences the choices that Men are making in seeking out Yoga?
With anything we do, if we can’t connect with the people around us we don’t enjoy it. For some guys having another guy teaching the class so you’re not the only one in the room full of ladies can make a big difference.
5)If we look at the statistics for suicide, we can see the overpowering evidence that men are struggling with strong emotions and maybe not being able to connect with others for support or mate ship, Is this something that you think Yoga can help with?
Definitely. I know for myself yoga has made a huge difference in the way I see things and how I mentally cope with things.
6)Having spent many Years working in the mens prisons you would of seen many men in a desperate situation. Do you feel helping men connect to Yoga is maybe a direction for you?
Helping anyone connect to yoga and themselves is what drew me to teaching.
7)After leaving the prisons and staring to teach Yoga did your personal self change? By that I mean. The way you look at yourself and others. the way you deal with life situations?
Yoga had an immediate impact on me. I remember being in my first class and feeling my mind start to relax. I knew form that class that yoga was going to be a part of the rest of my life. I continued to work in the prison system for another 3 years and it definitely helped me do my job. Occasionally working in high stress situations with people and being able to remain claim to resolve issues.
8)Making these observations about yourself would you say that your external environment has a big influence on your internal environment?
Not really, I feel that through my practice I have learnt to stay calm in most situations regardless of my surroundings.
9)Any advise for all the blokes out there that are thinking of starting Yoga and can’t find a Blokes or Broga Class near to them?
DO IT is all I can say.
Thank you for your time shaun.