Tag: Yoga

My Yoga Journey

As I progress through my yoga practice I am oddly finding it to be more challenging. What I mean to say is this, I have been actively practicing yoga daily for almost a year where I do vinyasa yoga, which is a power yoga, in a moderately heated room with some of the best instructors in Dallas.  Logic would say that after a year of daily routine you would get quite comfortable with the routine of the yoga class.   Of course that may be where my logic is flawed.  My instructors are good and really do vary the classes a lot. We may do the standard Namaskara A or B warm up series, but outside of that it can be anyone’s guess as to what is next. That is one of the things I really enjoy about taking yoga at this dallas yoga studio.

Unlike all the other studios I have been to, this studio actually does unusual things such as handstands, headstands, arm stands and many other difficult poses that many studios steer clear of. The challenge of course is mastering these poses. I have found that my strong suit is strength,  so to speak, not so much flexibility. While my flexibility has dramatically improved and I can now put my hands under my feet while standing as well as do a full lotus pose I still have hip, back, and shoulder tightness. At the rate these are loosening up it will be a few more years before I am where I want to be. There is no doubt it is a journey and a difficult one at that.

I am looking into becoming a yoga trainer. I am not sure at this point if I want to teach, but I want to move my practice to another level and getting certified in it seems like a natural progression to me.  Finding the time commitment is another matter all together.

Yoga Clothing for Men

I do a lot of Yoga, pretty much everyday, sometimes twice a day. And one thing I have noticed is that there really is not a good line of men’s yoga clothing out there. I suppose part of the problem is men generally don’t care what we wear. I do it enough that I have decided that I like to wear nike pro sleeveless tops, underarmour underwear and any pair of drawstring athletic shorts made from anything other than cotton. Cotton is the enemy in my eyes.
As a guy I give yoga a hard work over, my studio runs its thermostat in the mid 80’s, which is warm but not imposing. I sweat, a lot, and there is nothing more distracting than soaking wet clothes that don’t breathe and are heavy with sweat after an hour. I don’t know how other guys in my class wear standard t shirts which get sweaty and then hang in your face during down dog, not to mention end up wrapped around your neck like a scarf. Nothing cool about that. That is why I wear my clothes. My top is tight and stays put, my shorts are loose and don’t constrict ( I don’t see myself wearing the banana package tight pants anytime soon) and most importantly neither get sopping wet.

But there is a catch. While these do the job, my practice has advanced to a point where I am doing a lot of positions where my legs are inexplicably jammed on the back of my arms and I am hovering over the ground ( i.e. running man, crow, swan…) This results in sweaty skin on sweaty skin contact, which is great with the right woman, but not at all what I am looking for in yoga. The results are predictable, my legs slip and slide all over my arms, like butter in a frying pan,  as I battle in vain to hold them steady. So I am back to looking for the ultimate solution again for pants that minimize this issue.

And thus my dilemma, everything out there looks like pajama bottoms and are made out of organic cotton or hemp. Not only that, they all want $60- $80 for the pajama pants. I know women are used to spending ridiculous amounts of money on yoga clothes but we men think that is ridiculous. So the hunt is on for a $30- $40 pair of pants that do what I need and look cool, but don’t grab me like a TAA airport body search gone bad.