Yoga just for grumps

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By JESS LEE

GRUMPY guys are be­com­ing mel­low men thanks to a yoga class de­signed just for them.

Grey Lynn yoga teacher Tracy Ad­shead cre­ated Grump­ies Yoga to help mid­dle-aged men de-stress, build strength and pre­vent in­juries.

Most men’s testos­terone lev­els nat­u­rally be­gin to drop af­ter the age of 30, which can have a neg­a­tive ef­fect on their mood, Ms Ad­shead says.

‘‘Ac­cord­ing to a UK sur­vey, men over the age of 52 start be­com­ing no­tice­ably grumpy.’’

Yoga has be­come a great way to switch off for 49-yearold Paul Shad­bolt.

‘‘I find that the gym is a more ac­tive ex­er­cise, whereas do­ing yoga is pas­sive, it’s more re­lax­ing,’’ he says.

‘‘It’s a good counter if you’ve had a bad day at work. If you go to the gym you can still be on that same vibe but com­ing to yoga you for­get about it.’’

The ‘‘grump­ies’’ ti­tle is a good fit, he says.

‘‘I think it’s prob­a­bly per­fect. You should see me be­fore I get here.’’

It was Ms Ad­shead’s hus­band who gave her the idea.

‘‘My hus­band, a self­con­fessed grumpy, has seen me prac­tice yoga for many years and he felt men would get great ben­e­fit out of it.’’

A lot of men can be put off by the thought of a tra­di­tional yoga class, she says.

‘‘But this one has been tai­lor-made for them. By this age men tend to be tight across the shoul­ders and ham­strings, whereas women are nat­u­rally more flex­i­ble.’’

Ms Ad­shead works on lung ca­pac­ity and im­prov­ing breath­ing to help men bet­ter deal with stress. Yoga can also help with old in­juries.

The class runs at Grey Lynn Com­mu­nity Cen­tre on Thurs­days from 6-7pm. Phone 021 284 8444 for more de­tails.

Photo: JESS LEE

Calm blokes: Paul Shad­bolt, Gil­bert Napier, and John Richards are tak­ing part in Grump­ies Yoga, a yoga class just for men, de­signed to help grumpy mid­dle-aged men de-stress.

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