Yoga classes de­signed specif­i­cally for males

North Taranaki Midweek - - WAITARA FOCUS - YVETTE BAT­TEN

Broga is com­ing.

Dur­ing June The Yoga Cen­tre held a one-off class, fundrais­ing for the Men’s Health Trust, just for males and raised about $200.

It was so suc­cess­ful, at­tract­ing 28 par­tic­i­pants, it got yoga in­struc­tor Jody Sa­muel and stu­dio owner Alex Rodger think­ing, and now they’re of­fer­ing a six-week Broga work­shop start­ing in Oc­to­ber.

‘‘There’s a lot of men out there that are un­der great deals of pres­sure. They have re­spon­si­bil­i­ties to meet, bills, jobs, and be­cause of all that they can put them­selves un­der tremen­dous amounts of pres­sure,’’ Sa­muel said.

‘‘Hav­ing done yoga for over 15 years now, some­thing I’ve no­ticed is it does seem to have quite a short­age of men, it seems to be quite a fe­male place. Most of the classes, the ma­jor­ity are women-based. We’re work­ing re­ally hard to try and change this.

‘‘We want to get more men in to show the true ben­e­fits of yoga.’’

When he’s spo­ken to other men about this the com­mon theme seems to be they don’t feel good enough to do yoga.

‘‘One of the main things or ex­cuses that I hear is they say, ‘I’m not re­ally flex­i­ble enough.’ They miss the true essence. You don’t just come and do yoga to get stretchy ham­strings, that’s kind of a byprod­uct. We wanted to re­move this whole fear of hav­ing to look good in front of women.’’

Dur­ing Broga men can leave their wor­ries at the door, and learn the art of yoga in a re­laxed, safe, and friendly en­vi­ron­ment. ‘‘The goal is to just ease them in slowly. There’s go­ing to be no ex­trav­a­gant poses. There’s not go­ing to be any­thing flashy. It’s go­ing to be nice and ba­sic, and heal­ing.’’

The hope is that the men will get hooked and re­alise it’s more than an ex­er­cise in flex­i­bil­ity, it’s a men­tal prac­tice too. ‘‘You come in and do your yoga on your mats, but then you take it with you into life when you go out. It changes your life and it makes you a bet­ter hu­man be­ing.’’

Broga costs $120 for the six hour-long ses­sions and will be held on Tues­day nights from Oc­to­ber 11 start­ing at 7.15pm. For more in­for­ma­tion visit The Yoga Space on Face­book, or the web­site theyo­gas­ or ring Alex on 027 524 4004.

‘‘Come with a com­pletely open mind,’’ Sa­muel said.

Yoga in­struc­tors Jody Sa­muel, left, and Alex Rodger in­vite men to their Broga Yoga work­shops.

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