The fact of the matter is, both yoga and Pilates were developed by and for men.
Yoga continued to grow in popularity because of a receptive audience to Indian teachers, who specifically taught yoga with the goal of spreading the practice. I teach with a deep love and respect for the practice and for the culture, the country and the people who gave us such a beautiful and eternal gift.
While when you practice some styles of yoga you may reap immense physical benefits, many forms of exercise would achieve similar results. However, yoga is different. Yoga offers more.
At the end of the day, you will put in and get out of yoga what you want. You can follow a more spiritual path or not. You can make yoga a part of your religious or spiritual practice or not. You can simply do the asanas and nothing more, or take yoga off the mat and integrate the elements of the practice into your daily life. The choice is yours and yours alone, which is the beauty of yoga! No one, least of all you, should judge you for how you practice yoga.
Even if you never learn to love yoga, yoga will love you, and I think you will see the benefits and the point!
When trying to convince someone to TRY my class, I want to face palm when I am confronted with "I just don't like yoga."
I am going to try to encourage you by debunking some of the reasons why people think they can't do yoga (based on what they have told me) and try to give you some tools and encouragement for overcoming some of the reasons you give.
Over the hill? Fuck the hill. I will run to the top of it and whoop for joy! Then I will sit and meditate as I watch the sun set and get ready for another day. Maybe I will jump on my bike and zoom down the other side because 40 is just a number, and I have 40 years and then some left with too much to do and see to spend it sick and tired. Who’s with me?
I keep saying that in many ways this a the perfect time to start a new practice, develop and existing one, make a change for the better and care for ourselves. Embracing mornings has been one way I have been doing that. Each day brings new energy, opportunities and adventures. Just because my day doesn't start at daybreak doesn't make it any different.