Men are such Plonkers! Give it up already, and become a Planker…

Men are such Plonkers! Give it up already, and become a Planker…

Just like we know that it is a requirement for healthy eating to eat 5 fresh somethings, per day—is it fruit or veggies or a combo of both? Same with our health regime, there should be a good mixture of cardio, strength and flexibility, right? And that is how it goes, with flexibility in 3rd place, however if men and quite frankly, women too, put flexibility in 1st place, I believe that they could up the ante in all the games of life they’re playing for. I don’t say this as a sports coach or a yoga expert, but more from the perspective of a product designer +developer, whose career is built on discerning trends and reading gut feeling–if I mix A with B, I’m going to get C to the power of X. Without fail, I experience an enhanced possibilities of my body’s performance when applying my yoga practice to everyday activities, from cycling, to running to standing around in high heels. Good for drag queens or cross dressing daddies, such as Eddie Izzard. If Eddie’s your buddy, tell him to come see me sometime…

Although women do appear to be the major players in the yoga arena, per a Yoga Journal market 6-year-old study, yes SIX-year-old study, performed in 2005, 77% of yoga practioners were women. All right Yoga Journal, with the industry of yoga ever-growing, perhaps it’s time for you to consider undertaking a new market study (Deep Rant. Deep Breathe. Om… I’m off it now). From my own personal experience, as an expert in yoga class consumption, I observe, especially in urban cities, the percentage feels more like 65% female. Although this is better on the male attendance meter, I’m in agreement with Andrew Tilin’s thoughts on Where are all the Men? Guys have the world to gain by practicing yoga, So what’s holding them back? This paragraph resonates, as I think about my other half.

It’s not that we don’t know what we’re missing… Because my wife Madeleine is a yoga instructor and an avid student, I witness this stress-to-bliss transformation several times a week. When she comes home, I often mumble to myself, “Don’t I want to be that happy?” Yet I haven’t practiced yoga consistently for years.”

I’m not an instructor, but an avid student and when I come home with a new application that explains how my yoga practice has benefitted a physical activity my husband undertakes. For some reason, I’m confronted by his resistance, the mere mention of a possible mind body connection for Chi running, and his initial enthusiasm deflates like ED.

Tilin’s feature expounds on experiences and benefits for guys, that he himself and the many men yogis can relate to, as they shift, from the gym 100% of the time, to mixing in some mat time. Tilin, provides you with all the evidence you need to answer item #1, even the knowledge that Tim Thomas, nominated MVP as the Bruins Goalie for 2011 Stanley Cup, practices yoga, doesn’t seem to register, what more’s a girl to do…

But seriously guys, you are such a bunch of Plonkers. Give it up already, get on a yoga mat and become a Planker and I mean this, mentally, physically and literally…

  1. Mentally: Hey mush for brains, how much evidence do you men need?
  2. Physically: You can either be a guy who plonks his arse, gut and beer belly here or there, or you can plank it and get the six pack, your opening heart desires. Practicing plank allows you to maintain the six pack too, and drink to your heart’s mindful content. Unofficial Health Advisement Warning. Do not consume a six pack, before or during plank.
  3. Literally: If you’re a bloke who suffers from body parts that plonk, rather than plank, boy or rather maaAN, does yoga have benefits beyond for you… See hyperlink…

So guys if you don’t want to be a Plonker anymore, become a Planker. The unofficial definition of a Planker is someone who gifts a Plank yoga mat or yoga tote to someone you care about, or takes to the mat. For those of you who have a lot of guys whom, you would like for them to choose being a Planker, over being a Plonker, take it from me, nagging has not worked, does not work and will not work… My new route is simply to care and be informative, inspiring and in action

If you’ve got a Dad who is a bit of a Plonker or are one yourself,  Plank has decided to help you guys out by offering a 30% discount on all Plank’s mats and bags.

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TWHG, an audacious expert in all things, shoes + heels + fitting yoga into a busy lifestyle…

 


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