Updated: Jan 19
The benefits of yoga are there to be had for all. Yet the misconceptions and stereotypes around yoga stop many from even trying.
It doesn't matter what physical condition you are currently in the various types of yoga can be adapted to suit you.
If you're a builder, plumber, electrician or carpenter you may scoff at the very thought of even trying yoga. But you would be missing a huge opportunity to help your mental and physical health.
Getting over the stigma
The first thing you need to get out of your head is that yoga is for the flexible, young & only women. It's just not true.
Yoga is there for everyone. In fact more and more male athletes are incorporating yoga into their fitness regime because of the benefits it brings them.
Now if you're a male builder, plumber etc, idea of telling the lads you went to yoga last night with the Mrs. may fill you with dread. You'll be the one laughing when they start noticing and commenting on the differences in you.
They may even ask to come with you next time.
At Firefly yoga our classes are they for everyone, old or young, male or female. Everyone is welcome. Every class is diverse and welcoming.
Overall Physical Health
As you're most likely on your feet for most of the day, bending down, arching your back, picking up heavy things this take its toll on your body.
Yoga offers a great way to help protect your body against this wear and tear. Building strength, balance and flexibility will protect you from conditions like arthritis and back pain. Something that affects many contractors later in life.
Taking up regular yoga classes can help keep your body in peak working condition. Combating the aches and pains of everyday work life.
Physical benefits of yoga include:
increased muscle strength and tone
improved respiration, energy and vitality
maintaining a balanced metabolism
cardio and circulatory health
improved athletic performance
protection from injury
These benefits will ensure your body can keep up with the physically demanding aspects of your job as you get older.
Look at it this way, if there was a way to help keep you in shape, combat the negative physical effects of your job, and potentially extend your career, would you say no?
Alongside the physical benefits yoga also brings a shed load of mental benefits. In fact, there's an ever-growing body of research to back up yoga’s mental health benefits.
Everyday life can be stressful, and work can sometimes have a way of adding to that. From tools braking, suppliers letting you down, or just an overall stressful project. It's important for everyone to have a way of channelling or coping with this.
Yoga is one way many people deal with stress, anxiety and much more.
In fact, over the years these benefits have been closely studied and findings show that yoga can:
Decrease symptoms of depression by influencing the production of stress hormones in the body.
Lead to a decrease in symptoms of anxiety.
Ease stress and lower your levels of the stress hormone cortisol.
May help enhance sleep quality because of its effects on melatonin.
Encourages mindfulness, which may be used to help promote mindful eating and healthy eating habits.
So, if you like the sound of any of those benefits, it may be worth giving yoga a try!
Just give it a go
Incorporating it into your routine can help enhance your health, increase strength and flexibility and reduce symptoms of stress, depression and anxiety.
Finding the time to practice yoga just a few times per week may be enough to make a noticeable difference when it comes to your health.
Given the potential benefits cited above, even if you're the slightest bit tempted, just book your first yoga class now.
If you're not sure what class to take checkout our yoga class guide here.