BROGA is a short form for ‘Yoga for Brothers’. It was created as a reaction to the fact that in America 81% of the students in Yoga classes are women! A lot of these classes cater to primarily Flexibility and end up being perceived as ‘soft’ for Men to try. So Broga was created for Men to be able to do Yoga within a camaraderie of Brothers!

Broga gets Men to work out in a Yoga-inspired Fitness regime while also getting the benefits of deep stretching and de-stressing. So Broga is designed as an intense work-out that gives the benefits of doing cardio, core-training and muscle-toning while also getting the traditional benefits of Yoga practice.

 

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Bakasana (Crane pose)

Co-founders Robert Sidoti and Adam O’Neill created Broga as a safe space for men who may be self-conscious about not being as flexible as the woman on the mat next to them in class, or want the benefits of yoga without the Sanskrit chanting. The studio’s website reassures men: “Broga is a yoga class geared for men (where it’s okay if you can’t touch your toes).”

Yogi-speak on Broga: “In the modern Yoga industry in the West, Yoga has gotten so inextricably linked to studio and gym classes helping with flexibility and catering to a niche ‘new-agey’ spirituality; that most Men find it intimidating and embarrassing to enter a Yoga class. Unfortunate, but true. And so something like Broga is a way to get men to practice Yoga!” – Manish Pole.

 

Poses:  Bakasana (Crane)

Sit on your haunches and place your palms on the floor shoulder width apart.

Bend your elbows and place the inside of your right knee on top of your right triceps.

Now focus and using your balance, place the other leg up as well.

Hold the pose while breathing deeply for 1min.

Bakasana strengthens your arms, shoulders and focus.

 

Veerabhadrasana 2 (Warrior 2):

Stand with your legs wide apart.

Turn your right knee and foot so that the toes are facing forward; while your hips remain facing the side.

Stretch your arms outwards and focus your gaze on the right middle finger.

Bend till your right thigh is parallel to the floor. Hold the pose while breathing deeply for 1min. Then repeat on the other leg.

Veerabhadrasana 2 strengthens your thighs considerably.

 

Veerabhadrasana 3 (Warrior Balance):

Stand with your legs wide apart.

Turn your right knee and foot so that the toes are facing forward.

Join your palms together and looking at a point on the floor stretch your arms and raise the back leg off the floor.

The torso is reaching forwards and the back leg is stretching backwards as you maintain your balance.

Hold the pose while breathing deeply for 1min. Then repeat on the other leg.

Veerabhadrasana 3 strengthens your hamstrings and trains your balance.

 

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Chaturanga Dandasana

Chaturanga Dandasana (4-limbed staff pose)

Begin on all fours and then stretch in to a plank.

Now engaging your core muscles, bend your elbows till your body drops to a half-push up pose.

Hold the pose while breathing deeply for 30secs-1min.

Then raise the body back to plank.

Chaturanga Dandasana strengthens your Core muscles and upper body.

 

 

MANISH POLE (Yogi, Blogger & Co-founder of Total Yoga)