When yoga was first practiced, like 5000years ago, it was a man-only thing…really, women were not allowed to practice yoga at the very beginning, i think women started quite recently to be honest….there is video footage of Krishnamacharya’s wife practicing asanas and that may be the earliest proof we have of women doing yoga! If you think about it, you always hear about male guru’s in a cave meditating, and Baba’s (they’re all men), back in those days women were busy with more practical things like looking after their families and kids and cooking i guess. A family might have disowned their daughter/wife etc were she to just drop everything and go meditate in a cave for a few decades. But fast forward to today and things have changed a little bit. To start, the women:men ratio in yoga classes all around the world is greater, there are far more women than men (not always, but most of the time) and that is probably why there is also way more choice when it comes to yoga clothes and gear for women than there is for men, or men just don’t care about all this stuff, they’re not so frivolous? or easily duped! 😛
Not all women care about what clothes they wear to yoga class, just like not all men don’t care…so here is a few samples from a website i was sent info on http://www.yogagearformen.com – they’ve got all sorts of gear for the male practitioners out there.
& if you want something a little closer to home, if like browsing the shops and trying stuff on, check out H&M’s sportswear for men, here is a very small selection. I will check out other places for you yogis 😉
If you happen to buy any of the above or come to hear of another male-orientated yoga brand, let me know! 🙂 Enjoy!
Christiane has been practicing yoga for over 10 years. Her yogic journey began in 2000 as a student of Swami Nirmal (now at the Satyananda Centre in London) at the Fitness First gym in Kensal Rise, London. She experienced various teachers in different Fitness Firsts in Central London and around Clapham Junction before changing gyms and meeting Alexa Kho at LA FItness in Piccadilly Circus, London. Christiane attended Alexa's Anusara classes as well as her workshops.
In January 2011 she enrolls in a 200hr Vinyasa Flow Teacher Training course with Rebecca Ffrench at YogaLondon. Vinyasa Flow is a modern form of yoga that comes from Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga and follows Sri K Pattabhi Jois. She quickly become passionate of this discipline and wants to deepen her knowledge; this brings her to meet and attend many workshops with Stewart Gilchrist, Shiva Rea, John Scott, Danny Paradise...all very famous teachers around the world. Being in the presence of such teachers is a significant experience for Christiane, in terms of her yogic journey, personal transformation and growth as well as understanding of yoga.
After 11years in London, she moves to Milan to deepen and continue her journey. In Milan she teaches privately (1:1 and group classes) as well as in various yoga and dance centers. Milan is where her love for Ashtanga Vinyasa deepens and grows, bringing her to attend workshops with Lino Miele, Sharath Jois and most recently Kino MacGregor...all original students of Guruji, Sri K Pattabhi Jois. All of this culminates with a long awaited and long overdue trip to India, the birthplace of Yoga. Here Christiane deepens her practice and knowledge of Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga by doing a 200hr Ashtanga Vinyasa TTC with Yogi Kamal Singh at Tattvaa Yogashala in Rishikesh India. After the monthlong course, her travels take her around India practicing with various other world renown teachers, namely with Sri V. Sheshadri in Mysore and with Rolf and Marci Naujokat in Goa.
In 2013 Christiane decides to embark on yet another yoga adventure, this time in Aerial Yoga! The course was divided into two weekends: level I in April and level II in June, after which she becomes a qualified Aerial Yoga teacher.
Teacher and student of yoga, writer, adventurous soul, creative mind, curious world traveler & lover of the outdoors. Current HQ: Milan, Italy.