All My Single Friends Should Take Up Broga…

Photo by Янчиленко Дмитрий ~ Wikimedia Commons (This is NOT a Broga man!)

I first discovered all this Broga business when I was looking up the deets for International Men’s Day – yes, it does exist and it’s held each year on November 19th. I’m just sayin…

Last year’s Canadian Men’s Day events were partly sponsored by:
Broga – Yoga for men East Side Yoga. (Broga was founded by Robert Sidoti.)

Shut the front door! What the heck is “Broga??!” I had to look.

Definition of Broga:
Broga is a yoga class geared for men (where it’s okay if you can’t touch your toes).

East Side Yoga’s Mission…
…is to offer men real tools for coping with daily stresses and demands through an accessible yoga-based fitness program taught from a man’s point of view. Broga is for every “body,” from the beginner yogi to the professional athlete.

Our Brograms©… (Yes, they call them that. BrogaYoga.com also has a “BroStore.”)
…help men to live in their most organic selves: strong, peaceful, guided, internally and outwardly connected, powerful and compassionate from the inside out. Our Brograms, services and merchandise enable men to walk, compete, and live stronger, balanced lives.

Eureka!!

This was when I finally caught on…these Broga studios are housing the kind of men all my girlfriends are trying to find! Check it out:

Men who are getting in touch with “their most organic selves: strong, peaceful, guided, internally and outwardly connected, powerful and compassionate from the inside out

If I was still a single lady, I’d be shouting: “Thank you! I’ll have another!!!”

These are like potential Dream Date Dudes.

I know men who go to yoga classes to pick up women (click here for a split-your-side example of this), why shouldn’t women go attend a class with hot, sweaty men who are “looking to be powerful and compassionate from the inside out.”

Plus, you can get in some Hindu squats (whatever those are).

Need to know more? Here’s some articles for you:

1. Broga: No-shame yoga for men – The Week:  Apr 2, 2012 – A new yoga style caters to “downward facing dudes” who loathe classes where they have to chant in Sanskrit and compete with ultra-flexible… 

2. More videos for broga what is it? 

3Broga‘ caters to guys wary of yoga – TODAY Health: Mar 27, 2012 – By Cari Nierenberg. Tired of hearing a wife, girlfriend, mother, sister or female friend sing the praises of yoga, some guys will eventually man up

Have you ever heard of Broga? Would you try it if it was offered near you? What’s the craziest fitness program you ever participated in? Enquiring minds always want to know these things here at More Cowbell!

Jenny

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About Jenny Hansen

Avid seeker of "more"...More words, more creativity, More Cowbell! An extrovert who's terribly fond of silliness. Founding blogger at Writers In The Storm (http://writersinthestormblog.com). Write on!
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41 Responses to All My Single Friends Should Take Up Broga…

  1. Laura Drake says:

    “strong, peaceful, guided, internally and outwardly connected, powerful and compassionate from the inside out“ Hon, do not send men looking for love in the wrong places…the above is the Webster’s definition of GAY!!!!

    Got nothing against Gay, don’t get me wrong, but single girls will not find what they’re looking for there. Maybe some tips on Brazilians and hair color, but other than that . . .

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    • Jenny Hansen says:

      ROFL. Yes, but gay men have straight friends and family members, and are usually a great judge of “dude character” – I’m still going with the Broga.😉

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  2. zkullis says:

    I will never be able to disassociate Broga with the picture of Mr Pretzel at the top of the screen. (There are some parts of myself that I simply have no desire to get that comfortable with.)

    I’m half Brazilian, so I could give some good tips on Brazilians 😉 , but that’s about it. LOL Laura.

    There are two guys on the SWAT team with me that are absolute ANIMALS. I’ve tried jumping in with their fitness routines, but my body doesn’t respond quite as well. (A typical Monday is an 8-mile run, 30 pushups, 50 situps, 20 weighted pull ups, head/neck presses, and a core workout.)

    I don’t run quite that much, but the rest is a good way to start a Monday. Throw in some sparring and work on a heavy bag, and that sums it up for me. As far as being a “downward facing dude” and doing the funky pretzel for relaxation, I’ll stick to what I know works for me….. 😉

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    • Jenny Hansen says:

      LOL, Zack. That dude at the top is a “lost leader” so to speak. Broga is for guys that have a hard time touching their toes.

      p.s. If I ran 8 miles on a Monday morning, it’s a pretty sure bet I’d be in bed the for most of the week. Just sayin…

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  3. I needed a morning laugh! What a hoot about the used yoga mat! Hadn’t read that one. Thanks so much Jenny!

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  4. K.B. Owen says:

    “Thank you! I’ll have another!” Oh, Jenny, you made me laugh, big-time. Sounds like a great idea for the single ladies!

    And if a gal wants a guy who’s REALLY in touch with his soft side, date a “Brony” – men who are fans of “My Little Pony.” I kid you not, they are out there: http://www.wired.com/underwire/2011/06/bronies-my-little-ponys/

    Have a great week,
    Kathy

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  5. Julie Glover says:

    I was thinking it, but Laura Drake said it, LOL. My husband wouldn’t be caught dead at a Broga class. Just sayin’. I suggest single women go to the places where the single men are–sports events and office parties. (Not so much bars.) If you want peaceful, outwardly connected, and compassionate, glean that from your girlfriends or get a dog. Then again, what do I know? It may have all changed in the 20 years since I hooked a fella. Maybe Broga is better than a Bachelorette episode! Still, you had me laughing, Jenny! As always.

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    • Jenny Hansen says:

      LOL. Go read my answer to her. Gay guys have straight friends, you know!

      On the manhunting front, you know I believe women should do the things they love and get out there so their man can find them.That being said, I met my hubby in a bar.🙂

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      • Julie Glover says:

        Met hubby in a bar? Fabulous! I just know the odds run the other way (too many friends with bad bar experiences). I did read your response to Laura. So true. But then I read Natalie’s comment and nearly spewed my food out of my mouth at the “lick himself” comment. Good gravy, y’all make me laugh so hard here at More Cowbell!

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        • Jenny Hansen says:

          Nat had me spewing too. LOL. And yes, my man danced right up to me in a bar with, “Can I join you ladies?” The best part is, he can’t dance. But he’s pure awesomeness.🙂

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      • Bwahaha. Hubby met me because I was the only one who ordered veal. Out of dinner group of 30. On an island. In the middle east.

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  6. Lara McGill says:

    One of my students is going to be reading your blog due to your link on Hot Yoga. She said laughing is a great way to start a math class. (I love Monday mornings with my class…)

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  7. Jane Sadek says:

    I’m emailing this to my metrosexual husband right now. He’s been on the South Beach Diet since his doctor got on him about high blood pressure. A week or ago so he discovered Yoga. Yesterday he sat earnestly in front of a Sensadyne rep at the State Fair of Texas discussing the woes of disappearing tooth enamel. He’s really giving this ‘the best he can be’ business his full court press. Me? I’m sneaking out of the house for carb fixes. I was already at my optimal BMI, my heart is fine and I don’t see him working out with a trainer or doing an hour of cardio everyday.

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    • Jenny Hansen says:

      LMAO! This slayed me: “He’s really giving this ‘the best he can be’ business his full court press.” But really? Tooth enamel at the Texas State Fair?! He *is* metro.

      I’ve seen you, Jane, and you’re a babe. I say you keep sneaking out for those carb fixes!

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  8. Crazy pic! Somehow I don’t think all the non-yoga men pushed into Broga in desperation from their stressful lives are going to look like that. Instead, I get the feeling, they’ll be like my old-football-injury-knees hubby who can’t kneel, can’t touch his toes, and is very uncomfortable with all the touchy feely stuff. Still a good catch! If he were single.🙂

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  9. Shut the front door – BROGA!?!?!
    Ok…I have to sort of side with Laura on this. My gaydar is zinging to the far end of the scale. Hubby is all about metrosexual but there ain’t NO way he’s going to want to learn to lick himself. Just. Ain’t. Happening.
    When hubby wants to “get in touch with his most organic self: strong, peaceful, guided, internally and outwardly connected, powerful and compassionate from the inside out“ he usually just tries to plan an outdoor activity where he gets physical…hunting, fishing, ATVing, hiking…something of that nature. Downward facing dog would NOT be his deal…ever. LOL!!!

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    • Jenny Hansen says:

      BAHAHAHA…”lick himself” has me cracking up!

      I have NO delusions that a Broga guy would EVER get that pretzel-y. Lick himself….you slay me, Nat.

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    • Laura Drake says:

      Natalie – thank god I read that after I was done with coffee for the day – LIcking himself? I totally didn’t see that, but since I read it, I can’t see anything ELSE! Thanks a lot, for helping my diet today – there’s NO way I’m eating with that visual in my mind…

      Although, looking closely, the guy does need to get cozy with a Brazilian!

      UGH – make me stop!

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  10. Belly dancing. Yes, I did. stuck with it until the teacher moved away. Broga looks incredibly painful!

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  11. I’m a Crossfit trainer and love the “outrageous, crazy, insane” program that it’s repped to be. That said, I would catapult my husband with a sure shot, no way is it coming up short or going long, straight into the front door of broga!! My man totally needs all the things they are repped to do! Sign up my man!!!!

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    • Jenny Hansen says:

      Molly, my husband and I are starting Crossfit TODAY. Do you have any advice for us?? He went to the first 101 class this morning and I’m going tonight.

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      • WooHoo!!! Don’t feel intimidated and know that Crossfit can be done by anyone and everyone no matter your age, size or fitness level. EVERYTHING can be scaled to your ability and your goals. You WILL be very sore to start so, drink 100oz of water a day (or at least make it your goal and get as close as you can) and DO NOT sit for a long period of time. Keep moving and don’t give in to the “I’m so tired and sore, I just need to sit on the couch and watch a Lord of the Rings marathon followed by a Harry Potter marathon and then just for the heck of it, throw in the 6 hour miniseries of Pride and Prejudice. That will NOT help you at all….aside from having a fantastic day….err weekend, of awesome movies. Ask me anything…..Love to help, support and talk about it all the time :o)

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        • Jenny Hansen says:

          OK, I survived. I liked it, but it let me know how truly, badly out of shape I am! But you’ve got to start somewhere, right?🙂

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          • That’s right….and just remember……you’re lapping everyone sitting on their couch!! Give it a solid month of true effort. Then you’ll know if Crossfit is right for you🙂 WTG Girl!!! ROCK IT!!! **I love shouty capitals**😉

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          • Jenny Hansen says:

            Great way to look at it. Makes me feel better that everyone in the class lapped ME. Even the portly IT looking dude that got busy and almost passed out. I’ve decided to look at it like, “Dudes. My progress will be more astonishing than you can imagine.”

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    • Jenny Hansen says:

      Sorry, shiny object with the Crossfit… YES, get that dude to a Broga studio!! You can find them online. You go, girl. Report back with results please!🙂

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  12. Wow. Really? So if a guy’s really good at broga, based on that photo you posted, he can have oral sex with himself?

    I guess there would be some advantages.

    Patricia Rickrode
    wa/ Jansen Schmidt

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  13. My daughter can bend like that guy in the photo. It’s just wrong the way she can turn herself into a pretzel. Her father can’t even watch her do it anymore – I can’t imagine him doing broga – but it might be fun to suggest it😛

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  14. wow – I couldnever bend like that and i sure can’t now. amazing

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