Benefits of yoga are universal

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Mitchell WoodcockSouth Western Times

Promoting physical and mental well-being as well as breaking the stigma of yoga being a female-only form of exercise is the goal of instructor John McInerney.

The 55-year-old discovered yoga three years ago while on holiday in Bali and he believes it has helped him in many ways.

“I was burnt out and needed a change in my life,” he said.

“I was in Bali at the time and found a studio, so I went and felt so much better after doing it.”

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Mr McInerney is an instructor at Hot Yoga in Bunbury and he believes the practice helps people in many different aspects of life.

“It gives them increased health, both physically and mentally, as well as creating positivity and improving all aspects of your life,” he said.

Mr McInerney said he believed there was a stigma in the South West that yoga was for women and not for men.

This encouraged him and another instructor at the studio to create a men’s only program.

“It (yoga) helps you focus because it is a moving meditation,” he said.

“A lot of people believe it is just sitting there and meditating, but a lot of the classes we do are different.

“It is quite physical but it also takes you into a zone where you become concentrated on your breathing and you become very clear and focused.”

Starting next Thursday at 6.30pm the studio will host an eight-week men’s program called Return of the King, where for two-and-a-half hours an instructor will help “empower men to live on purpose” and for them to “embody all aspects of themselves”.

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