I am by no means a yoga master. At best I am still a novice. I have taken several classes, and I think it has helped me in my flexibility and prevented injuries I may have incurred while running.
My husband on the other hand, is not only a skeptic but also finds that yoga is beneath him. Further, it is not a manly thing to do. After his third injury right before his third marathon (yes, an injury right before every race), and after I told him that in one of the yoga classes I took half the people were men and a few of them were also training for marathons, he finally conceded to take a class. Of course, I had to be with him, he didn’t want to be alone, and he made me promise not to laugh at him.
I’m happy to report we are in our second set of classes. He just ran the Rock 'N 'Roll Arizona Marathon (I ran the half) and besides a dead toe nail in his right foot, he survived and even beat his personal record by five minutes.
This leads me to the article below. I showed this to my husband to show him that we are doing something not only for our running but for, ahem, our other marital activities.
Keep on yoga’ing!!
Here's the article:Yogis Have Better Sex, Study Finds at msnb.com
By Sally Law
Special to LiveScience
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Dr Kressin, I am concerned with your blind recomendation of yoga. You did not once mention any religous implications that are obviously associated with this practice. Yoga means 'to yoke" or "to unite" with the Hidu god through exercise and meditation. Are you a Hindu? This recomendation implies that you are spreading the religion. Does the Medical College approve of this? I am sure that you find benefit from the physical part of yoga, but you cannot not separate the religious part of the practice. Try looking up yoga on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yoga
I disagree with the other commenter. You can enjoy and participate in Yoga without attaching the religious aspect to it. There is peace in finding yourself and your center while doing Yoga without thinking religion. Also, I'm not sure what the commenter meant by "does the Medical College know about this"? Even if she mentioned religion, MCW is a PRIVATE institution--not the same as a STATE RUN school such as UW-Madison.
I agree that, while the word "yoga" technically relates to Hinduism, the practice of yoga and its immense physical benefits can be separated from Hindu religious practice.
My yoga instructor, Bryant Macharenas with Santosh Yoga in Wauwatosa, is a practicing Christian who was mentored by a Catholic priest in India. My religious principles have never been compromised while attending Bryant's classes and, physically, I've never felt better.