Dude, Where's My Mat? Meet the Guys Shattering Yoga's 'Housewife' Stereotype

October 18, 2014 3:09 AM

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It is fairly obvious that yoga in the Western world is a discipline dominated by women's participation. So it may be surprising to learn that yoga was actually created by men and historically practiced by Indian warriors to strengthen themselves both physically and spiritually for battle. Sixteenth to 18th century India even saw some areas hire out bands of yogis as mercenaries (making Warrior Pose all the more aptly named).

Suddenly, the Seattle Seahawks' mandated yoga practice as part of their football training doesn't seem so hippy dippy anymore. In fact, men's general participation in yoga has skyrocketed in the past few years, rising to 27 percent in 2013.

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