Broga classes with stitch leggings

sTitch leggings: Liberating men from conventional sportswear

Guest post by Luke Shipley co-founder of sTitch leggings

The Oxford dictionary definition of leggings is: “Tight-fitting stretch trousers, typically worn by women or girls”. Sounds a bit sexist? I’m not a fan of that definition.

How about the Google definition for Meggings?: “Leggings for men. A blend of the words ‘male’ and ‘leggings’. Male leggings, or ‘meggings’ are currently causing a stir in Tokyo, according to the folks at InventorSpot… 62% of women polled about meggings found them ‘uncool’.”

I don’t like that one either.

Why should men face such stereotypes wearing meggings? Especially in a day and age when gender equality is more publicized than ever. Where has this come from?

The Dragons didn’t understand sTitch’s mission!

As a founding member of sTitch leggings, an exclusively male leggings brand, I wanted to get to the bottom of this.

A little history lesson: The first leggings reported were in the 13th century worn by gentry types and King Henry VIII. We then saw cowboys padded buckskin leggings to protect against the chafe whilst on horseback.

Next the US army thought meggings would be a handy garm in World War II. Leggings only hit female fashion in the 1960’s and have peaked in popularity in the last 10 years.

Broga with stitch leggings

No more ripped shorts in Broga class!

So it is only in the past 50 years that leggings have been transformed into a female fashion garment. Women have taken our precious leggings for their own and we should be fighting to have them back!
Leggings were a functional item for males in some societies however now male’s wearing leggings face judgement! Would King Henry VIII, the cowboys, the US army let this stereotype stop them? I think not. So let’s take them back!

sTitch leggings is attempting to squash this gender stereotype by advocating males wearing leggings for any function they see fit.

Stitch leggings whilst practicing Broga YogaWe are also trying to bridge the gap between functional wear and fashion wear by creating leggings which are thick, breathable but also have a unique look.

Our leggings are perfect for Bro’s yoga’ing and are already worn by some teachers across Europe. Now it’s your turn to try them out for size!

Happy Broga-ing!

About sTitch leggings

sTitch leggings was founded by Tom Hunt and Luke Shipley after the pair became sick of wearing ill fitting workout clothes to various classes. Aiming to allow men the stretch and comfort when they workout as well as in day to day life, sTitch offer a variety of prints and styles for every man’s need. Find out more here.

 

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Don’t attend another Broga Yoga Class until you’ve read this!

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]From etiquette to clothing to breathing, Broga Yoga Founder Matt Miller takes us through the unwritten and unexpected ‘DO’s and DON’T’S’ of Broga Yoga.

By Matt Miller, Broga Founder

Remember when your mom would pester you to “do your homework?” She wasn’t just making sure you passed your maths GCSE. She was bestowing a life lesson onto you.

There is a wide range of yoga studios and styles of practice so finding the right place and type of yoga is important.

If you are a beginner then start with your gym and ask which class is suited for newbies rather than getting your feet wet in a tantric chat by accident!

Read on to discover the 7 key things that every Brogi Yogi, from novice to pro, should know:

Invest in some Lululemon clothing. Credit: Lululemon

Invest in some Lululemon clothing. Credit: Lululemon

1. Clothing and equipment

 

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Wearing heavy sweat clothes to a yoga class is not recommended; when you’re holding plank position for more than five breaths it’ll feel like you have lead weights strapped to your body.

Instead, don lightweight clothing that has dry wicking properties; shorts and t-shirts made from this type of fabric will do and if you don’t own any Lululemon buy some. They will kit you out in something that fits snugly but not in a “did you wear your little sister’s top” kinda way.

Having your own towel, water bottle, and, most importantly, your own yoga mat is way more hygienic. We don’t 100% trust the cleansing capability of the organic tea tree mat spray to effectively rid the verruca germs from a public mat.

Nothing screams “I don’t know what I’m doing here” than a guy who wears a baseball cap or socks to yoga class. You’ll be upside down a lot of the time so a cap will fall off. Same with the socks. You’ll keep adjusting them and it will be annoying. Take them off before stepping on your mat and please, just trust us on this one.

Avoid wardrobe malfunctions by making sure your yoga clothes fit. Wear a shirt that’s long enough to tuck in so it doesn’t ride up during Downward Dog. Consider wearing bike shorts under baggy shorts as you will be in upside down and downside up poses that could…ahem…expose some skin. Let’s keep class PG-rated.

Invest in some Lululemon clothing. Credit: Lululemon

Yoga studios are nearly always shoe free zones.  Don’t forget to take your shoes off right when you walk into the studio – for sure there will be a shoe rack and bench right on entry or your money back!

 

Arriving on time is very important. Credit: CC0 Public Domain

Arriving on time is very important. Credit: CC0 Public Domain

2. Class etiquette

 

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You would never be late for an important business meeting and the same rule applies when you’re going to yoga class.

Latecomers are frowned upon and some studios will turn you away should you be tardy. Arrive at least 15 minutes before class. This allows you enough time to pick out a spot in the studio and settle in.

What about talking during class? You wouldn’t gab during your buddy’s back swing on the links, so think of yoga class in the same way. It requires maximum concentration and minimum distraction, therefore please keep quiet.

This includes the few minutes when you might be waiting outside the studio for class to begin while a prior class is concluding. We think and talk all the waking day.

Yoga is all about being open and non-judgemental. Bullshit! Do you want everyone to see you mess up on your first try at yoga? No, of course not!

Grab a spot in the middle or back row of the studio and that way you’ll avoid embarrassing yourself should you mess up a pose. Most importantly, it will allow you to observe what the teacher and what the rest of the class are doing.

People of all shapes and sizes take yoga, so don’t be surprised when you see women decked out in tight fitting pants and skimpy sports bras. Some of them will be eye candy and some would have been better covered up with more.

It doesn’t matter either way. It is wholly inappropriate to ogle the opposite sex in yoga class. Unless you want to be on a list somewhere, keep your eyes to yourself. You need to focus on what you’re doing since you’re going to have enough problems just keeping up!

 

Remember to breathe while doing the boat pose. Credit: Broga UK

Remember to breathe while doing the boat pose. Credit: Yogaround

3. Remember to breathe

 

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When the instructor has you holding boat pose for what seems like an eternity and the muscles in your stomach feel like they’re going to spontaneously combust, remember to breathe. 

The most important part of yoga practice is your breath, ESPECIALLY DURING THE PAINFULLY HARD BITS!

Breathing evenly and deeply during class from start to finish is vital for remaining focused and present in the moment.

It also increases endurance and helps you hold poses longer and flow in and connect with your body in a way it cannot in any other physical activity.

 

Using props has many benefits. Credit: Becky Hirsch

Using props has many benefits. Credit: Becky Hirsch

4. Props are not a sign of weakness

 

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Don’t be afraid to grab props such as a block and a strap when you’re setting up to get your yoga on. Using these tools during your practice isn’t a sign of weakness. Far from it.

These items can help boost your practice to achieve proper alignment, reduce the risk of injury when experimenting with a new pose and even increase the difficulty level of a pose you’re already familiar with.

 

 

 

Child’s pose is a restful pose. Credit: Broga UK

Child’s pose is a restful pose. Credit: Yogaround

5. Yoga is not a competition

 

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Check your ego at the door; all who attend class come with different skill levels and muscle strength. This is not a competition and no awards are given out to the person who holds their downward dog the longest.

Even the most experienced yogis will take breaks during class to sip water or go into child’s pose – you’ll quickly learn this pose once you start practicing. And if they can do it, hell you can too!

Competition is a major source of male bonding and it’s the way the animal kingdom works. However, yoga is neither a sport nor an animal kingdom. Nobody is keeping score, and nobody wins or loses.

The mental focus you’ll develop will help you compete in other areas of life by teaching you to be more present but there’s no place for competition on the mat.

Your goal is to connect to yourself – pure and simple, and the only opponent is your own ego.

 

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Founder Matt leading a class. Credit: Broga UK

Founder Matt leading a class. Credit: Broga UK

6. Social interaction is key

 

You do it in bars, so you can do it in yoga. Introduce yourself to the teacher before class. Just keep it classy and don’t ask he/she out for a drink. The teacher will likely stay in tune with your progress and offer variations (AKA alternative poses) for you.

Before class ask questions and introduce yourself to the teacher. How long is the class? Is it heated? If you’re nursing an old football injury tell the teacher in advance.

This way they can give you proactive personal adjustments and not yell at you if they see you totally off-piste because of an ailment.

Bringing a buddy who knows the ropes (or even one who doesn’t) is a great way to feel more at ease in class – plus it is a great bonding experience that does not involve getting plastered drunk!

 

Stretching before class is key. Credit: Broga UK

Stretching before class is key. Credit: Yogaround

7. Before and after class is important too

 

Consider stretching on your mat for 10 to 15 minutes before class, especially in the morning. Limber, supple muscles will make you happier than tight muscles.

Try to curb your manly appetite before class, as having a full belly will hinder your range of motion in twisting poses and increase the likelihood of gas. Oh, and you’re going to be upside down. A lot. The last thing you want is to be the guy who stinks up a yoga class.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

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About Matt “the Pillar” Miller

Yoga and fitness fanatic Matt is the founder of Broga. Living in London, Matt is a perennially sunny Californian spreading fitness inspiration and wellbeing to a wide audience.

He has been an American Football athlete, a UFBB super heavyweight Bodybuilder, a member of the US National Association of Sports Medicine, has Multiple yoga teaching certifications, was one of the first (and the youngest) to have a total titanium femur and pelvic joint, and is an internationally known Celebrity Personal trainer as seen on TV.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

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It’s the last week to enter our BackStreet Yoga competition

 

Our #BackStreetBroga Yoga competition is still running! Post a picture to Instagram, or Twitter of yourself doing Broga in an ‘interesting’ location to enter. Include: #BackStreetBroga, #BrogaUK and don’t forget to tag us in @BrogaUK. Good luck!

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It’s time for men to be recognized in the Yoga world

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Guest post by Louis, founder of OHMME [/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”9167″ img_size=”full” add_caption=”yes” alignment=”center” css=”.vc_custom_1454724127129{margin-top: 30px !important;margin-right: 5px !important;margin-bottom: 30px !important;margin-left: 5px !important;border-top-width: 7px !important;border-right-width: 7px !important;border-bottom-width: 7px !important;border-left-width: 7px !important;background-color: #ffffff !important;background-position: center !important;background-repeat: no-repeat !important;background-size: contain !important;border-left-color: #ffffff !important;border-left-style: solid !important;border-right-color: #ffffff !important;border-right-style: solid !important;border-top-color: #ffffff !important;border-top-style: solid !important;border-bottom-color: #ffffff !important;border-bottom-style: solid !important;border-radius: 4px !important;}”][vc_column_text]OHMME is the combination of “man” in French, which is “homme”, and “Om”, the mantra that has defined the yogic practice for countless years.

 

My personal journey to yoga began like many do, in the gym. I wanted to get fit, and I discovered a yoga class. What I found was a practice that was challenging on a whole other level. I was getting a complete workout, and also extending my range of motion in all directions.

 

It became clear to me that men wanting to improve their performance in any sport would want to try this out.

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Yoga has been female dominated for quite some time, and now we want to even out the odds, starting with yoga clothing! When it comes to yoga clothing, women have the upper hand: there are thousands of different female brands and styles, yet not a single one for men.

 

I created OHMME with the firm intention to answer to this need by making clothes for men in which they would feel comfortable practicing in. I aim to make Yoga gear for men entirely based on performance and style.

 

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It’s not about deities or Sanskrit symbols. We respect the culture from which this great practice has emanated and so don’t want to transform spirituality into a commercial venture.

 

Men, time to get on the mat!

 

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Louis started OHMME to encourage men to practice yoga through the wearing of stylish clothing suited to the sport. One of their key aims is to break the stereotype that yoga is just for girls, affirming that there is less choice for men than women when it comes to the selection of clothes made for practising yoga. They produce a range of yoga clothing for men with the idea that good quality clothing can help and assist you in the practising of the sport. Find out more about OHMME at www.ohmmeyoga.com

You can follow OHMME on Facebook, Twitter @OhmmeYoga and Instagram

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row seperator_indeed_locker=”” lk_t=”ism_template_1″ lk_io=”default” lk_dm=”0″ lk_thm=”0″ lk_tuo=”0″ lk_dt=” ” css=”.vc_custom_1448580342903{padding-top: 30px !important;padding-bottom: 30px !important;background-color: #00ffff !important;}”][vc_column][vc_column_text]Stay tuned for the opening of a new Broga and Ella & Fleur studio in January 2016.

The yoga space will be a collaboration between Broga and Gloucestershire-based Ella and Fleur who specialise in Hot Yoga. It will feature a juice, coffee and snack bar serving up a range of healthy goodies with the addition of a retail space for a bit of yoga-based retail therapy!

Sign up to our newsletter for more information by scrolling down on the Broga homepage or alternatively follow us on Twitter @brogauk

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Exalt – What to wear for Broga

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Louise Knight of Exalt has been checking out Broga and looking at what to wear for your next workout.

This is what she started to say:

We’re excited to see a broga movement starting to spread throughout the UK. Having lived in Sydney for a time, it was apparent that yoga is a standard part of many fit guys workout schedules over there, where it’s perceived as very athletic. They understand that it challenges the body in new ways, increasing strength, core stability, stamina, mental focus and mobility hence decreasing the risk of injury and ultimately improving performance. Broga® has bought this ethos to Britain and it’s about time. So…

To read the rest of the article by Louise to see what scientifically designed shorts and t-shirts she recommends simply visit:

http://exalt.cc/style/what-to-wear-for-broga/

 

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