TACKLING yoga

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    Dec 30, 2009 9:48 PM GMT
    well i just tried yoga today for the first time and loved it! HOWEVER, one big issue i have is, and why i assume the class is full of women is, is what to do with your tackle during yoga? i was really trying my best to get into it but when you feel your junk squished between your legs it isnt the best sensation?

    any suggestions?
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    Dec 30, 2009 9:49 PM GMT
    BH_nexus saidwell i just tried yoga today for the first time and loved it! HOWEVER, one big issue i have is, and why i assume the class is full of women is, is what to do with your tackle during yoga? i was really trying my best to get into it but when you feel your junk squished between your legs it isnt the best sensation?

    any suggestions?


    haha... well tuck down rather than up. Up can cause big problems. It´s easier if you are a grower rather than a shower.
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    BTW the class if full of women because of advertising and the image of yoga. Nothing to do with genitalia.
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    Dec 30, 2009 10:07 PM GMT
    Ha! very "punny" thread title. One of my good friends is a yoga instructor and has been diligently trying to recruit me to join. Your experience concerns me a little, as a guy with roamers (which i'm just happy when I don't sit on them). I see plenty of guys doing yoga, so there has to be a safe method. lol

    Just watching a guy perform yoga is inspiration enough to decide you want to be able to do that!

    Is yoga a good partner to strength training? or more towards cardio? ...curious

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    Dec 31, 2009 9:25 AM GMT
    yoga asana was part of the whole yoga system, which had spiritual, not physical, goals. Modern postural yoga is actually a hybrid which developped back at the end of the C19 and into the C20 with a lot of influence from gymnastics, wrestling conditioning and other stuff. As such its physical impact is strength/flexibility, though some forms also have CV impact (traditional astanga for example)
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    Dec 31, 2009 10:22 AM GMT
    NCemtOBX saidHa! very "punny" thread title. One of my good friends is a yoga instructor and has been diligently trying to recruit me to join. Your experience concerns me a little, as a guy with roamers (which i'm just happy when I don't sit on them). I see plenty of guys doing yoga, so there has to be a safe method. lol

    Just watching a guy perform yoga is inspiration enough to decide you want to be able to do that!

    Is yoga a good partner to strength training? or more towards cardio? ...curious


    It really depends on the teacher or the class.
    Some teachers go quick and fast (sometimes with flow) which lends itself to a cardio type of class whereas others will be slow and endurance based making it more of a strength based one. (ie, here's an easy pose, but let's hold that pose for 5 minutes strait which turns it into a difficult one).

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    Dec 31, 2009 10:37 AM GMT
    I'd recommend you wear more supporting underwear, it'll help keep the goods safer.

    Yoga is good for Cardio/Endurance/Strength, however, it's particularly good for Cardio and Endurance if you are already of pretty good strength. Like the previous poster already stated, you can have a simple pose held for a long time and it'll put your body under a lot of stress and then there are series of poses that you can go through that you move quickly holding the pose for only say one to two breaths and these things can really get you breathing and working up an amazing sweat (even in the middle of winter in a freezing cold room hehe)

    Yoga can do a lot if you really focus on what your doing and put in effort, from physical gains in cardio/strength/endurance/flexability and more mental gains too, some poses really require you to focus beyond the discomfort and maintain that focus and listen to your body and silence the mind (otherwise, like me, you'll get bored and start thinking about what colour you'd paint the walls of the hall your in)
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    Dec 31, 2009 11:41 AM GMT
    Yoga is a great adjunct to anybody's workout regimen
    It's fantastic for flexibility which keeps us from getting injured
    and believe it or not for endurance too

    As far as your Tackle wear a good supportive brief and you'll be fine
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    Dec 31, 2009 11:51 AM GMT
    Wear briefs, and if you have to adjust your junk in order to get into something like Garudasana (pretty much a guarantee with this pose), go ahead and do it - no one will care.
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    Jan 03, 2010 5:53 AM GMT
    Agreed - good support is key and will ensure that only occasional adjustments will be necessary.
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    Jan 03, 2010 6:10 AM GMT
    I used to find some positions uncomfortable too, it wasn't relaxing in any way..

    But it improved when I let my mind become a little more silent and my body to just relax into the position.

    While a lot of asanas require a certain amount of physical strength, all of them have this point where you become comfortable with it and then relax your body into the position, your body might complain, get sure, take a lot of effort, but that doesn't matter.
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    Jan 03, 2010 7:21 AM GMT
    If you have problems with some of the stretches, a good thing to try is just using your own body weight to pull you down over time rather than pushing yourself. Sometimes it just needs longer to adjust.

    A good example is trying to get your forehead to touch the ground when you are sitting in the 'easy posture' (cross legged). Forcing it to happen quickly is insanely hard, but bowing over your head and just letting your body sink into it over time will do wonders.

    And to be honest relaxing in downward dog is like how runners don't stop running in order to recover/cool down, they still jog, but for those who don't run themselves that would be an incredibly hard task.
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    Jan 03, 2010 7:32 AM GMT
    I've only experienced this problem a couple of times in a specific couple of poses (mostly gomukhasana or Cow Face Pose). As has been said previously, tighter underwear such as boxer briefs can alleviate some squishing but you can also try what, in the yogic tradition I teach (Anusara), is called Inner Spiral. Try engaging your upper, inner thighs and bringing the sits bones in back and apart so the back of your pelvis widens and your sacrum expands. This will create a widening in the pelvic floor and actually create space in the groin area.

    If you have no idea what I"m talking about. Place a foam block in between your upper inner thighs and squeeze it until your hips move back (Inner Spiral). This will create space for your junk to relax into and avoid being squished.

    All that said, they're few poses where your legs are zippered together (unless you're in Ashtanga with all those Samasthitis). Therefore, this shouldn't be much of a problem in the future.
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    Jan 06, 2010 9:30 PM GMT
    Yogi4Life saidI've only experienced this problem a couple of times in a specific couple of poses (mostly gomukhasana or Cow Face Pose). As has been said previously, tighter underwear such as boxer briefs can alleviate some squishing but you can also try what, in the yogic tradition I teach (Anusara), is called Inner Spiral. Try engaging your upper, inner thighs and bringing the sits bones in back and apart so the back of your pelvis widens and your sacrum expands. This will create a widening in the pelvic floor and actually create space in the groin area.

    If you have no idea what I"m talking about. Place a foam block in between your upper inner thighs and squeeze it until your hips move back (Inner Spiral). This will create space for your junk to relax into and avoid being squished.

    All that said, they're few poses where your legs are zippered together (unless you're in Ashtanga with all those Samasthitis). Therefore, this shouldn't be much of a problem in the future.



    Thanks very much, makes lots of sense to me actually icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jan 06, 2010 9:43 PM GMT
    BH_nexus saidwell i just tried yoga today for the first time and loved it! HOWEVER, one big issue i have is, and why i assume the class is full of women is, is what to do with your tackle during yoga? i was really trying my best to get into it but when you feel your junk squished between your legs it isnt the best sensation?

    any suggestions?


    I'll hold your junk for you...
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    Jan 06, 2010 10:26 PM GMT
    Try it in the nude....


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    Jan 07, 2010 1:32 PM GMT
    BH_nexus saidwell i just tried yoga today for the first time and loved it! HOWEVER, one big issue i have is, and why i assume the class is full of women is, is what to do with your tackle during yoga? i was really trying my best to get into it but when you feel your junk squished between your legs it isnt the best sensation?

    any suggestions?

    I currently have the same concerns as you.

    Thinking back to ballet classes, guys wear dance belts to lift and compress their crotch to allow for easier and uninhibited movement. Since I don't want to wear a dance belt to yoga class (the elastic band is just too wide), I'm considering buying and wearing an athletic/swimmer jock strap in hopes that i'll have a similar effect.

    By the way, why didn't you post this in the Flexibility Training Section lol.
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    Jan 07, 2010 1:54 PM GMT
    Chaaxwvn saidTry it in the nude....


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    I've been doing Bikram yoga for several years, first few classes kicked my butt, brutal with the hot room temp...Combine heat with sweat and all the moving and i'd get a little um,,,excited lol.....I asked another guy if he'd had the same problem and he told me yes, gave me some advice of wearing a tighter brief under my loose nylon shorts, totaly stopped the problem and made the movements easier as I was more relaxed and not distracted on thoughts of "oh god, launching sequence starting".......
    We also have a gay nude yoga group here in Vegas, not even sexual, first time was a little awkward, kinda like going to a nude beach, then you get over it and just do the movements
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    Jan 07, 2010 2:24 PM GMT
    i'm a boxers kinda guy but i had to go out and buy briefs for yoga. i just took my first nude yoga class...there was no way to deal with it but reach and adjust. i didn't bother to see if anyone else was also adjusting or noticing me.
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    Jan 07, 2010 3:43 PM GMT
    Take yoga classes 3 or 4 times a week and love the flexibility it allows me to maintain. Had back problems in my 30's & 40's and now totally free from problem as a result of doing yoga. As said by others above, a good pair of tight briefs help a lot. Only postion for me that causes some discomfort and requires adjustment of junk out of the way is the "Eagle" pose. Also usually only 1 or 2 other guys in a class of mostly females but u just get into a mind set and enjoy the workout.

    My usual response to "why do u do yoga" is that I want to b able to perform every postion in the Kami Sutra and that usually either invokes a blank stare or a laugh.