What is the deal with “broga”?
There is a new trend among yoga instructors who want to expand their clientele to include more males. It’s called “broga,” a new class catered towards men who feel out of place during the difficult poses of a traditional yoga class. There have been several reports about the broga classes, confirming that it isn’t the April’s fool joke that I first thought it was when I initially read about it. A yoga class for “bros”? How could it be real?
What happens during a broga class?
Subsequent stories affirm the growing popularity of broga. The creators of the classes state that some men who took yoga classes wanted to work different areas of their body during a session, so they designed routines that were specially designed to target certain muscles in the body. For example, a broga class will address more muscles in the arms, back, and core as these are the most common areas of interest to male participants. Articles on the subject suggest that broga classes have more of a sports-rehabilitation flavor to them, with many of the poses working to target problem areas of the body overexerted due to athletics.
Is traditional yoga not enough?
The initial coverage of broga classes suggest that the atmosphere is made to be less threatening towards men who may feel emasculated during a traditional yoga session. Whereas many yoga classes boast a calming, almost spiritual environment, those in broga seem to adopt an aesthetic closer that of an aggressive workout video—a sort of macho, rock star tweak to the norm.
This would be all fine and good if it were branded as a different muscle training method on its own, but the fact that it’s called broga makes one draw an immediate contrast between it and yoga. And there’s something about the whole broga movement that doesn’t sit well with me. It seems a little odd that some men are uncomfortable enough about traditional yoga to go and found another set of exercises that closely resemble the original, only with a more bro-y atmosphere. Why not just swallow your pride and understand the amazing fulfillment of yoga as it was intended? I think the new trend sheds an interesting light on the public perception of yoga, and how it might be misinformed by harmful stereotypes.
What do you think?
What do you think about the broga movement? Do you think that it’s better for macho men to have their own space to practice their own version of yoga, or do you think they should suck it up and appreciate what real yoga has to offer them?
This guest post is contributed by Angelita Williams, who writes on the topics of online courses. She welcomes your comments at her email Id: angelita.williams7 @gmail.com.