Exactly, that is one of the great thing about yoga. It does not matter what your gender, age, race or religion is. That being said, for a long-time yoga was practiced only by men.
The Ashtanga sequence was created for adolescent males, to help channel their youthful energy. It is a strong practice. Bikram, or hot yoga is also a strong, challenging practice.
Sometimes males enjoy the challenge of a stronger practice. Sometimes, a much slower, quieter practice, like yin yoga can be much more challenging. From a mental aspect, yin yoga can be much more challenging than a stronger practice.
Even a beginner’s yoga practice can be quite challenging. Yoga is more difficult than it initially looks.
Many males spend the majority of their day seated, whether at an office, or driving, or relaxing at home. Whilst there are many males that exercise, be it at gym, or a sport, stretching and meditation/self-discovery usually don’t feature much.
Recovery is an important part of physical health. Moving the body in all planes of motion and exploring the range of motion of each joint feels wonderful, especially after spending time in a fixed, seated position!
Each time you step onto the mat, is an opportunity to explore where the body is at, how it feels, what it needs and what movements are required. Breathing
techniques can be used to stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system, the “rest and digest” system.
Yoga can be helpful in dealing with anxiety and stress.
Yoga helps to improve one’s balance, strength, flexibility, patience and endurance. The connection to the breath is a powerful tool, not only on the mat, but also in daily life. Practicing yoga can be a wonderful, safe way to learn to process emotions, and explore the limits of the body. There are lots of different styles, so do some research and find a class that is suitable to your level of activity.