Hatha yoga routine for fitness conscious men
If you are a man looking to increase your masculine look, you may be more concerned with finding the yoga routine that is most suitable for the purpose. There are many styles of yoga you can choose from and what you must understand is that they are all branches of Hatha yoga, which is a branch of yoga that is concerned with physical exercises. Therefore, whether you are doing Vinyasa, Iyengar, Bikram, Kundalini or any one of the dozens of different ancient and modern variations of yoga, you are in fact doing a Hatha yoga routine.
Men who want to increase their fitness and build muscle should go for the more vigorous and physically challenging postures and movements. Ashtanga yoga and power yoga are two styles suitable for this purpose. Regardless of what style of yoga you choose to do, the emphasis should be on poses that target your muscles, heart, and other vital organs of your body.
The following is a hatha yoga routine that has a proven track record and is popular with fitness conscious men. Some of these poses may be difficult for beginners at first. But with patience and perseverance, there is nothing that can’t be mastered.
Adho Mukha Svanasana, or downward facing dog: This pose eases tight muscles in the hamstring and hip area.
Crescent lunge: This pose has the same effect as the downward facing dog (above).
Dhanurasana, or bow pose: This pose opens up the chest for better oxygen intake, strengthens the spine, back muscles and abdominal muscles.
Paripurna Navasana, or full boat pose: This pose stimulates thyroid and prostrate glands, and balances the muscles on the back.
Setu Bandha Sarvagasana, or Bridge pose: This pose enhances the chest muscles and revitalizes the lungs.
Supta Padangusthasana, or reclining big toe pose: This pose energizes the prostrate gland and enhances digestion.
Utkatasana, or chair pose: This pose helps burn abdominal fat and strengthens the leg muscles.
Uttanasan, or standing forward bend: This pose stretches the hamstrings, hips, and calves.
Virasana, or hero pose: This pose strengthens the joints of the knees and helps keep the tissues lubricated.
Vrabhadrasana I, or Warrior I pose: This pose is a high-impact pose that increases muscle flexibility in the knees, hips and shoulders.