Hey bro, where’s your yoga mat?
“Where it’s okay if you can’t touch your toes.” This line undoubtedly grabs the attention of men checking out the Broga website. Men are not known for their flexibility and their willingness to sit cross-legged in a yoga class full of women in spandex chanting. Yoga is known to increase core strength, improve flexibility and ease stress, but it is typically the domain of women. On Saturday, April 25, 2015 a daytime yoga class at XSport Fitness in Alexandria, Virginia assembled with sixteen women and 2 men.
Two fitness minded men, Robert Sidoti and Adam O’Neill, understand the need for men to feel comfortable in a fitness class and developed the idea for Broga. Their website says Broga’s mission “is to offer men real tools for coping with daily stresses and demands through an accessible yoga-based fitness program taught from a man’s point of view. Broga is for every “body,” from the beginner yogi to the professional athlete.”
O’Neill told me a number of subtle things differentiate Broga from other types of classes, like “type of cuing/language used, instructor attitude, “vibe”, more masculine music, etc.” O’Neill says the most significant difference is that “Broga combines yoga with functional strength training exercises and intense cardio bursts, something you won’t find in any other yoga-fitness format.”
Although broga is geared towards men, women are welcome to join the party. According to O’Neill, yoga classes in the U.S. are typically 85 percent female and Broga classes on average 85 percent male, but women are more than welcome and many both attend and teach classes.
I asked O’Neill, based in Massachusetts, when Broga will be coming to the Washington, D.C. area. He says, “There is a significant amount of interest in the D.C. area, so we hope to be there soon.”
Check out the link below for more information on Broga, a video and the 30 day challenge!