BOYS OF YOGA is a project created in 2015 by Michael James Wong (@michaeljameswong)
that aims to smash the stereotypes and misconceptions of guys who yoga.
Check it out boysofyoga.com
To most guys, yoga is pink lycra and vegan chicks. It’s breathing deeply while doing poses named after animals and feelings. It’s done in dimly lit rooms with candles and incense, followed by gluten free cupcakes and kale smoothies. And if that’s your mentality then you’re not alone. But it doesn’t mean it’s right.
Not all yoga is fluffy and gentle, it can make you sweat, it can push you to your edge. And through the practice the body will get stronger and flexible, the mind calmer and life a little less chaotic. You'll find that 'just making shapes on the mat' can be a whole lot more challenging than it sounds. Yoga can give you the physical workout you may want, but go deeper and you'll realize it's so much more. Whether you see it or not, yoga has shifted, it's hit the mainstream, but the perception of it is still one-dimensional. We only ever see the pretty little bendy girls slapped across the pages of the magazines and flooding our Instagram feeds, but the truth is there is a whole other breed of yogis out there.
BOYS OF YOGA, the uncelebrated minority, a crew that believes in the strength and flexibility that yoga offers both on and off the mat. To us, yoga is a culture and a lifestyle, not just a practice. And similarly to skate, surf and snow sport cultures, yoga creates a community of the like minded. The deeper you go, the more it pulls you in. Once you move past the stereotype, it's pretty simple, yoga is good for everyone, the benefits are undeniable.
What started as a casual conversation about how guys are seen as the secondary citizens in the yoga scene, has turned into a movement to challenge the way we view yoga in the Western world today.
Some guys think that yoga makes you less of a man, the truth is; it makes you a better one.
"At Wanderlust, our mission is at the core of everything we do: to grow the mindful living community. To help modern, urban dwellers to "find your true north" which is a calling to a practice that helps you navigate life as your best self. Men need this practice of yoga. The 'Boys of Yoga' help breakdown the stereotypes that practicing yoga makes you less of a man. Quite the opposite. Post the Boys presence as the headline teachers across our sold out Wanderlust 108 series (Sydney, Auckland, Melbourne & Brisbane) the ripple effects of positive change were remarkable.
The Boys inspired more man to search for their own practice, they offered a guide and a tool box to live life by. A sense of community and self. On behalf of Wanderlust, and as a male yogi myself, I could not be more proud of what we achieved with the 'Boys of Yoga'. They are true pioneers, leaders and inspirations for us all."
-- Jonni Halstead, Partner & Director, Wanderlust Australia/New Zealand
BOYS OF YOGA is a charity project supporting Railwaychildren.org.uk
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