Oh boy! Sometimes we get questions from students and the public alike that just flaw us. This is one of them and it's because is a freakin' loaded question. It's hard to know where to start when answering this one. But, we get it, yoga has always been more readily accepted by women, and the fashion of activewear, we think we can all agree, is much more popular and well, fashionable amongst women. So we can see how it might be hard to know if yoga is even an "okay" thing for men to do. Well, friends, we're here to tell you it absobloodylutely is okay for men to do yoga, and whatever your idea of a "real" man is, we've got proof he does yoga!
Behold, the rich, famous and "successful" men who use yoga daily to help them succeed.
Robert Downey, Jr.
The once infamous bad boy of Hollywood, Downey was notorious for getting in trouble with booze, drugs and his fiery temper. The Iron Man star, now in his 50s has kicked his bad habits to the curb and taken on a whole new, much healthier addiction, yoga.
Downey, told Time, "I need a lot of support. Life is really hard, and I don't see some active benevolent force out there. I see it as basically a really cool survival game. You get on the right side of the tracks, and you now are actually working with what some people would call magic."
Fellow fierce 50s actor come yogi, Harrelson has been gracing our screens since back in the days of Cheers, the actor, playwright, activist and all-around good dude has curbed his once mischevious ways to take up a life of health and longevity.
In an interview with My Thrive Magazine he revealed, "Yoga is the best thing for your sex life! It keeps you limber in all kinds of ways. It teaches you to love your body and your partner’s body. But more than anything, it keeps your mind liquid, and nothing’s sexier than that."
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame alumni, Sting, once turned his nose up at the workout, saying, "I thought yoga practitioners sat cross-legged on the floor and contemplated their navels." But it didn't take long for the rock star to change his tune, Sting started practicing way back in the late 1980s. Now he's got nothing but praise for his daily routine, "If anything, it's reversing my aging process. I can now do things with my body that I wouldn't even have thought possible when I was an athletic teenager."
Hollywoods most loved beach-bum McConaughey is frequently caught busting out some asanas on the sand. We've got no doubt his yoga routine helps him absolutely nail the challenging acting roles he chooses. Have you seen Dallas Buyer's Club? Damnnnn!
Jon Bon Jovi
At the ripe age of 56, Jon Bon Jovi is still touring! Having just this week announced their 2018 tour of Australia. While the rest of us will no doubt have retirement in sight once we ring that 50's bell, Bon Jovi here has no signs of slowing down. To help him keep up with the physical and mental pressures of touring, a few years ago the legendary rocker turned to yoga.
The Irish-born actor, known for his wild boy ways and bod that has women and men alike swooning has well and truly caught the yoga bug. Telling the LA Times that yoga is a part of his daily fitness routine. "Part of it is fear-based and wanting to live forever. I would like to live as long as possible because I'm really enjoying being alive. I want to watch my two boys grow up and observe them figuring out what kind of men they want to be."
Even if you don't follow the US NBA, you probably know the name LeBron James, this basketball powerhouse has won three NBA championships and was awarded NBA's Most Valuable Player Award four times. Coming in at 6ft 8in this athlete is a force to reckoned with, and definitely the last person you'd expect to find in a yoga class. But as he's revealed, he has a passion for the exercise "Yoga isn't just about the body, it's also about the mind and it's a technique that has really helped me. You do have to focus because there's some positions that can really hurt you at times if you aren't focused and breathing right."
James joins a long list of basketball players who have also grown to love yoga, fellow NBA stars Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Shaquille O'Neal have spoken in the past about practicing yoga daily.
“Bulk is nice, but being more agile is definitely important.” Well, if Thor said so, it's gotta be true. This absolutely ripped machine trains hard to get that Norse God physic, but like he said, it's no good to have big muscles if you can't move them. Hemsworth, every Australian's token favourite son, cut his teeth acting in Home & Away, having made it big in Hollywood the actor chooses to call the beachside town of Byron Bay home. "I surf a ton and I do a lot of yoga, too,” says Hemsworth on his lifestyle and workout routines.
Becks might have retired from professional football back in 2013, but lord knows that bod hasn't gone anywhere! The man famed for taking his shirt off doesn't just get ripped lifting weights and crunching his abs. Introduced to yoga by his equally famous, flamboyant and style icon Posh Spice aka Victoria Beckham, Mr. Beckham has since introduced yoga into his workout routines.
If your idea of a "real" man centers around being; strong, famous, powerful or rich, know that all these men, who've got a least one of those traits, use yoga to help them stay mentally and physically well.
Oh! And before you say it, NO, you don't have to be flexible to try yoga.