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WHY MEN NEED mindfulness

Good news guys. Mindfulness is not just about easing stress or counting your breath, it’s about strength, performance, and excellence too, says Neil Seligman

Men are now starting to take more of an interest in mindfulness, but are still heavily outnumbered by women (as shown by a recent survey from the US, which found that men were half as likely to engage in the practice) - but why?

On the whole, men tend to be less motivated towards introspection having been socialised to give off an air of confidence and invulnerability. It follows that for some, even trying mindfulness can feel like an admission of weakness. There may also be a fear, that to look within could open a Pandora’s box of emotions and baggage, that we may feel ill equipped to deal with. If mindfulness asks us to turn towards the difficult, to embrace our challenges and discomforts such that we might know them a little better, this can be a tricky proposition for guys, particularly if they have adopted the role of a macho Superman.

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In this issue of OM Yoga & Lifestyle magazine we’ve got lots of great ideas and inspiration to keep your practice fresh and alive on the mat. We’ve got our regular 360º Yoga anatomy academy with Doctor Yogi plus a sequence on finding relief from anxiety, one of the great challenges of the modern era. Look out for a standalone yoga teacher training guide this month too, brought to you by the OM team, where you can find out all you need to know about teacher training before you take the plunge. If you’re looking to explore the world this month then be sure to check out our yoga guide to Manchester where there’s plenty going on; it’s a city with some amazing teachers and studios. And, for you guys, we’ve got an article on Why Men Need Mindfulness, it’s an invaluable tool to learn and take with you throughout the day. Keep on reading for more yoga inspiration and advice in Britain’s best-loved yoga title. Have a fantastic month, folks.