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Joshua2010-07-04 19:25:37 +0000 #1
Hi everyone,

I am a man, a 25 year old man. I work with trees for a living. I climb them and cut them. It is a very dangerous job and it is all very strenuous. It requires alot of strenght and flexibility. I often leave work with an aching back and body. I've been thinking lately about maybe trying yoga to help with this problem. I guess I have a few questions. 1..is Yoga a good choice for back pain and body pain in general? and 2..are men well received in yoga class, or should I stay away?

I guess I may be a bit self-conscious, thats all.

Thanks in advnace.

Joshua
InnerAthlete2010-07-04 19:27:50 +0000 #2
Hello Joshua,

Remedy for your low back would depend on what sort of yoga you pursue. It is not yoga inherently that is "good" for the low back. Rather it is appropriate yoga (for that issue). However you may be generally served by a yoga practice throughout your entire body.

I'm not sure why you inquire about men going to class and being welcome. Everyone is welcome but when we go to something with such an unanswered question in our consciousness we may not "feel" welcome regardless of the welcoming. Clear your internal plate before dining at another's table.

Frankly it should be that humans are welcomed to yoga classes regardless. Sadly it is not always so and there are two factors for it. The first is Ego of the teacher/students/studio and the second, undertrained or poorly trained teachers. Hopefully you will find a place that is devoid of both.
justwannabe2010-07-04 19:33:31 +0000 #3
Joshua,

give it a try and go to a class, if you dont feel comfortable then try another class, hopefully you will find one you like.

from personal experience I used to have a lot of back problems that started when I was 13 or so from picking up skateboard ramps. Once I strengthened my abbs I found this released a lot of tension from my back because my abbs were now helping to support my posture instead of the back doing all the work. Dont know if this relates to you but figured I would just throw it out there.

good luck

Neil
Fin2010-07-04 20:19:52 +0000 #4
Develop a Yoga practice. Sense the changes that take place in you both physically & otherwise. Go to a class or two, read about it, check out some CD’s etc

As for addressing specific issues (back problem) as you develop your practice you will come across asanas (postures) that benefit your back issues, a great starting point...

Best Wishes,

Namaste,

Fin
xela2010-07-04 20:16:22 +0000 #5
Men are definitely welcome. In a lot of my classes there are a lot of men and other classes there aren't. I think there is (unfortunately) a stigma about men and yoga, but I don't know why so many people feel that way. I think the only time men aren't welcome is when women can tell they are only there for one reason...which happens.

Just let the teacher know where you pain is and they should tell you the proper modifications and/or if you should skip that posture. Good luck!

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