Yoga is perceived as becoming increasingly popular among men, an exclusive survey by yoga-abode has found. Sixty per cent of respondents definitely think yoga is now enjoying a greater male following, while 31% said this was part of a gradual shift. Only 9% believed men were not taking to yoga.
The survey results support anecdotal evidence that yoga is losing its reputation in some quarters as a softly-softly activity with few substantial physical benefits.
Bikram, where a series of 26 postures are practised in a studio heated to 105 degrees, is especially popular amongst men, with male attendance comprising around 40% in an average class.
Ashtanga's proven aerobic and all-round fitness benefits also attracts a higher numbers of male students, compared to a 20% average in a general hatha class.
The yoga-abode survey was based on answers polled by 80 respondents.