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Yoga for men? Why it’s …

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Adelaide Man Tells Truth About Yoga for Men

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It may be 2019, but lets face it, we are working hard to break down many stereotypes. One of those places? Yoga, of course.

We chat with Yoga Theory founder, Ben Greenwood about busting some of those yoga myths! Including whether there is yoga for men or is it just for women. 

What are some yoga myths?

There are so many different types of yoga, that most people have different ideas about what yoga actually is.

Some people think yoga is just resting on your back and chanting Omm. Others think there are no therapeutic benefits to practicing yoga, or that there’s no yoga for men.

But, this couldn’t be further from the truth. 

Yes, from a historic perspective, a lot of people see yoga as a purely spiritual practice. So naturally some styles of yoga may focus on that aspect more than others.

In reality though, the yoga landscape is changing. More styles of yoga are opening up, and a physical approach towards yoga is becoming more pervasive.

A lot of modern yoga classes focus on the physical and mental practices instead of a purely traditional spiritual practice.

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How do you tackle those myths?

I think to tackle these myths or misconceptions about yoga, it is important for yoga studios to clearly label their classes, styles and philosophies.

This way people don’t get confused.

But even better, this would encourage more people to practice yoga and find a class that works for them, and their values of yoga.

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So, is yoga just for women?

A lot of people think yoga is just for women.

That’s simply not true.

Although statistics show more women practice yoga than men, yoga really is for everyone.

In fact, a lot of the traditional yoga was mostly practiced by men.

But, in the west, I think a lot of men just don’t really know what to expect from yoga.

Or they may go to one yoga class and realize that style wasn’t for them, without realizing all of the other different styles available.

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Okay, but is yoga really for anyone?

As a general rule, you don’t need to be fit or flexible to start the practice of yoga.

That is more so a result than a necessity of practice.

You just have to make sure you are doing the practice correctly.

If not, there’s a chance of injury, even if you are fit and flexible.

For this reason, if you are a beginner or senior, it is recommended trying a slower style of yoga

Learn the foundations first, before jumping in to a faster vinyasa class.

So, to answer the questions, yes, yoga is for everyone, just make sure you get the right fit.

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Yoga for everyone

How do you manage different students at Yoga Theory?

At Yoga Theory we offer a balance and stretch class for complete beginners to learn the foundations.

A few weeks here and they are ready for the vinyasa flow classes.

We also limit our classes to 10 people. This way we know everyones level and can adapt accordingly.

Because we know everyone by name, we can give everyone options and make sure everyone practices yoga safely.

It is important for yoga students, especially if new, to find a yoga class, style and teacher that works with them and their values. 

Also, make sure the style is attentive to your needs, and don’t get ripped off!

Learn more about our yoga studio here

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Private Sessions with Adelaide Personal Trainer

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Adelaide Personal Trainer for Yoga

Yoga Theory personal trainer

We are available for private yoga sessions, group sessions and personalized yoga training in Adelaide.

Early morning, throughout the day, or in the evening.

You choose a time and we will work with you to get results.

Learn from highly experienced and passionate trainers who live and breathe yoga.

We work through relaxing flows that reduce stress to energizing vinyasa classes that improve focus!

Is Ben going to get you results next?

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Sessions for everyone

We are a boutique yoga studio on King William Road, Unley offering a wide range of services for all levels in Adelaide. 

Our general sessions are 50 minutes in length and are all facilitated by professional yoga teachers.

Our main focus is on getting our members the best results possible. We do not include philosophy in our sessions and pay close attention to breath, posture and alignment.

Our yoga classes are limited in size to help you get the personalized service you deserve and are paying for.

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Many benefits

Our Adelaide personal trainer will help you get tailored and customised results.

We focus on you and work around your goals and needs.

We can work through a complete beginners flow or cater to the more advanced vinyasa style.

Learn more and book a private lesson here

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Living in Unley | Yoga Theory Perspective

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Living in Unley

Unley living is just great

Unley is a South Australian suburb located near the Adelaide CBD.

It is a great place to live, and also a great place to be in general.

Often referred to as the States premier destination for unique shopping, Unley is a great mix of fashion, cafes and high end services.

The place to be

Many of these places being located in the vicinity of King William Road and Unley Road.

Being in Unley is the perfect way to spend your time, especially if you want to be part of a vibrant community.

With plenty of places to socialise, explore and experience fine dining, Unley has something for most people.

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Benefits of Unley life

Here are some of our top benefits of living in Unley and being around the Unley community in general:

  • Plenty of places to shop with many boutique designers
  • Great schools and work culture
  • A great cafe culture with many local cafes and bars
  • Public transport on both King William Road and Unley Road and close by to trams
  • Close to the Adelaide show grounds with major events on such as the Tour Down Under and Unley Gourmet Gala
  • Bicycle lanes and safe streets with low speed limits to ensure safety
  • Parks, libraries and even free wifi in some main areas 
  • And of course, we are located right in the centre of Unley on King William Road – Check us out
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Yoga Theory in Unley

We offer a wide range of yoga classes 7 days a week. We also have very reasonable memberships that allow you to train as much as you want to!

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Yoga or Pilates: What to choose?

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Yoga Classes or Pilates Classes

There are many Pilates studio’s in Australia, and a growing number of yoga studios.

So, how do you choose where to train?

The short answer!

It depends on your personal preference, and what you want from the practice.

But wait,

Let’s look in to it a bit more. 

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What is Pilates?

Pilates was first invented about one hundred years ago by Joseph Pilates.

The main purpose was to help injured soldiers, and improve strength and conditioning for dancers.

It become a popular style of exercise in the 1960s with a more fixed approach of Pilates.

Now, however, there are many different styles of Pilates from the contemporary hybrid classes to the more classic approach.

The classic approach is generally focused on low-intensity movements that build on flexibility and strength. 

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Do you want to use resistance? 

What is yoga?

The yoga practice today is mostly a contemporary dynamic style, similar to what you would find in a pilates class.

The added mindfulness aspect distinguishes the practice from other forms of exercise. 

Yoga is known to have a lot of physical benefits such as weight loss and reduces stress.

Yoga is a physical, mental and spiritual practice that merges our breath, movement and alignment.

To give one definition of yoga, or to try to explain it simply would be misleading.

This is because there are many different types of yoga in modern society. 

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Main differences

The main difference is that yoga is a more holistic health practice that works on a deeper level focusing on mindfulness, strength and flexibility.

Although Pilates works strength and flexibility, the mindfulness aspect is often lacking which is why many people chose a yoga practice to start with. 

Pilates is a lot more faster and dynamic. It’s more focused on physical fitness rather than a moving meditation.

Yoga is there to help you unwind, and live a more holistic lifestyle. 

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What should I choose?

All in all it comes down to what you want from the practice.

Both yoga and Pilates have a range of benefits for all levels.

But if you wanted to focus a little more on the mindfulness aspect, yoga has our choice! 


About Yoga Theory

We are a boutique yoga studio located in Adelaide, South Australia.

We offer contemporary yoga classes 7 days a week. 

Learn more about us here. 

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3 Ways Yoga Can Be Cult Like

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Is yoga a cult?

Yoga or Cult?

The yoga landscape has changed significantly within the last few decades with yoga becoming more commercialised and streamlined. However, yoga still has many different meanings for many different people. Some of these meanings can be viewed as cult-like to some people. In this post we talk about 3 ways that a person may think a yoga class is cult like. 

Lack scientific basis

A good yoga class is usually based on some form of science so you could ask the following questions: Are the classes strictly based on lineage and the references for teaching a certain way are because “this is what my teacher says?” Ask why they teach a certain way and keep asking why? Is the leader the ultimate authority? Is there science to what is being said?

No anatomy or alignment

A good yoga teacher will be focusing on students and alignment. They will have a deep grounding in yoga anatomy and be able to answer questions confidently and with sound evidence. Ask questions about alignment and anatomy – get your teacher to check your downward-dog alignment – it’s what your paying them for. 

Controlled by single interpretations

A common sign of a cult-like yoga class is that there is usually one authority or interpretation of beliefs and ideas. A good way to check whether this is true is to ask yourself these questions? Can you ask questions to the teacher about why the beliefs exist? Can you disagree with the teacher?

If you are looking for a yoga school to train at and you’re not sure how to go about it, here is Yoga Theory’s guide on finding a good yoga school to train at.

If you would like to learn more about our classes, check out our free trial