Yoga catering specifically to men is a phenomenon slowly coming into the limelight of mainstream fitness, steadily increasing the percentage of men adopting the ancient practice into their daily lives. Qualities and attributes that appeal to the gender are kept in mind, which means taking the emphasis off of spirituality, restoration, and feminine asanas. The regular guy or “Average Joe” who wants to attain a ripped body is their target audience. So while you have Broga making waves for its in-studio sessions, exclusively for the bros, now there’s also a yoga DVD by Diamond Dallas Page, an ex-pro wrestler, whose DDP yoga is suddenly all the rage.

The Workout: The yoga DVD for men costs $79.99, and consists of 11 distinct series catering to all levels of fitness. The focus is primarily on 13 yogic postures, all of which are high speed with virtually no rest. Printed guides are also included, giving men insight on nutrition and step-by-step visual illustrations of postures demonstrated most often in the videos.

Obviously the commercialized practice does not refer to the asanas with their traditional names; they have been renamed to make sense and serve as an easy reference to the common man. The workouts promise cardio, sculpting, and fat burning.

The Good: The good thing is that the workouts lay emphasis on modifications, stress on heart rate monitoring, and advise not to push too hard. Believe it or not, most studies show that men injure themselves more often in yoga because they tend to go too far, ignoring what their body’s limits are.

The Bad: The results are purely subject to one’s current level of fitness, the program they choose, and the vigor they execute the moves with; not to forget, holding proper form and technique. So, the results will vary from person to person; don’t be surprised if the next guy fares better or worse than you.

The routines for more advanced levels include no breaks, which is a serious way one can risk injury.

Needless to say, lack of a trainer’s presence should signal an extra caution in your step, so when it comes to yoga, I think at-home programs are best practiced by those who are at least at an intermediate level and have their basic form, breathing techniques, and stances, pat down!

On the whole, I would recommend this video as a great way to mix up or supplement any workout routine you already have. Relying on these regimes alone can probably not give you incredible results, if you are in fact, aiming for a perfectly sculpted body.

PS: Here’s your one-stop guide to Yoga Asanas For Weight Loss.
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Nisha Gulati is a fitness expert and model originally hailing from New Jersey, USA. She is a certified Bikram Hot Yoga and Ashtanga Vinyasa Instructor, health and fitness columnist for Hyderabad’s widely read B Positive Magazine, a trained Bharatnatyam, Odissi, Bhangra, and giddha dancer. She also has trained in Kalaripayattu a martial arts form in Kerala. Yoga has been a source of great discipline, inspiration and positivity for Nisha who has been teaching at studios in Mumbai India, Phuket Thailand, Marina Dubai and Vancouver Canada.