Author: Jonathan Y Cagas1, Stuart J H Biddle2, Ineke Vergeer2
1 Physically Active Lifestyles (PALs) Research Group, Centre for Health Research, University of Southern Queensland, Springfield Central, Queensland, Australia; Department of Sports Science, College of Human Kinetics, University of the Philippines Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines. Electronic address: email@example.com.
2 Physically Active Lifestyles (PALs) Research Group, Centre for Health Research, University of Southern Queensland, Springfield Central, Queensland, Australia.
Conference/Journal: Complement Ther Clin Pract
Date published: 2020 Nov 18
Other: Volume ID: 42 , Pages: 101262 , Special Notes: doi: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2020.101262. , Word Count: 162
Yoga offers an integrated approach to health and well-being that could potentially benefit men. This qualitative descriptive study examined men's perceptions of yoga, and identified barriers and possible facilitators for participation. Twenty-one non-yoga participant men, 18-60 years old, and living in Queensland, Australia, were interviewed. Two major barriers were identified using thematic analysis: (1) preference for other forms of physical activity, and (2) gender-related perceptions and pressures (i.e., perception of yoga as feminine, and presence of "bloke" culture and masculine ideals in society). Potential facilitators included: (1) acceptability of yoga among men, (2) providing brief information sessions, and (3) men-only classes. The non-competitive nature of yoga, in addition to being predominantly undertaken by women, makes it less appealing for men living in Australia. These barriers need to be considered if yoga is to be promoted as an option for men, particularly those not drawn to traditional sports or exercise.
Keywords: Alternative fitness; Masculine ideals; Men's health; Sports and exercise stereotypes; Yoga promotion.
PMID: 33276223 DOI: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2020.101262