1. Wear pants that fit properly. How else am I to know you have a cute butt under there? I need to know about the cute butt.

2. Reply to your texts in a super hot, timely manner. Nothing sexier than not being left in agony while he takes six hours to reply to a simple “how was your day?”

3. Wear fitted T-shirts. Especially when they’re, like, ever-so-slightly too small and tight across his chest. And bonus points if it isn’t a dumb graphic T-shirt that has “Female Body Inspector” on it.

4. Wear socks that match his pants, flaunting his very sexy grasp of color scheme. Show me a man who understands that you can’t wear navy socks with black shoes, and I’ll show you what I have in mind for my marriage proposal to him.

5. Maintain eye contact without breaking out in hives or cutting the tension with a fart noise. BRB, getting very hot and bothered at the thought of holding eye contact with a human male for more than 10 seconds…

6. Use his hot ears to listen to what you say, and then reference it later. Isn’t it so sexy when boys remember the name of your dead cat because you mentioned in that one time?

7. Smell like he’s showered at some point in the past 24 hours. Is that Old Spice on your armpits? Dove on your arms? And OMG, is that Tide I smell on your T-shirt? Soap smell. So steamy. Can’t get enough.

8. Stand up really tall and grab your favorite coffee mug from the shelf you can’t reach. Who needs a stepladder when bae has go-go-gadget arms that put literally everything within his mammoth reach?

9. Offer to scratch your back without expecting you to scratch his in return. Basically any time he does something nice without being like, “OK now you have to come watch sports and sit next to my friend Tony while he intermittently scratches his balls on Sunday,” it’s so hot.

10. Have arms. Even better if he uses them to pick things up sometimes, like a hot slice of pizza that he’s sharing with you.

11. Dress appropriately for the weather, instead of wearing shorts all winter long like his naked legs are weatherproofed. Wearing shorts when it’s 15 degrees out doesn’t make you look “hard”; it makes it look like you don’t know how to open your weather app or look out a window.

12. Kiss you good-bye instead of being like, “Later!” when he leaves your apartment. Literally never leave my home without planting a juicy smooch on me, thanks (only if I think you’re hot).

13. Only wear beanies when it’s cold out, instead of all the time like he’s traveling around in his own personal igloo. Like, there are other hats for the warmer seasons. A baseball hat can definitely be hot. Beanies are not the only hot accessory.

14. Use his hot guy hands to hug you after a long day fighting the patriarchy, and then use his hot guy feet to get up and bring you plate of cookies. Nothing like a hot guy who shows his feminist instincts with freshly baked goods, amirite?

15. Wait for you outside the restaurant on date night and smile when you approach, like an honest-to-god movie scene. Walking up on him standing there all statuesque on the sidewalk is waaaaaay hotter than finding him inside, already stuffing his face with appetizer bread without you.

16. Casually flex his muscles when he opens that jar of peanut butter for you, even though you know it’s not actually on that tight. Sure, I could’ve opened the peanut butter myself but literally why would I when watching a guy do it is basically porn?

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Hannah Smothers Hannah writes about health, sex, and relationships for Cosmopolitan, and you can follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

Instagram is chock-full of eye candy for men—fake models, real models, girls in bikinis, girls in lingerie, belfies, naked celebrities, weird boob shots—the list goes on (and on.) But for us female ‘grammers, visual stimulation of the male variety is lacking in comparison. We chalk this up to the fact that most men aren’t (as) selfie-crazed and #ootd-obsessed as us women, but hey—we deserve a little something-something in our feeds from time to time, too.

Enter: hot men doing things. In case you’re not aware, a crop of Instagram accounts are growing in popularity that feature extremely attractive (and fully clothed) men doing everyday things. And they’re amazing.

Here, put the best HMDT accounts in one place, for you to immediately stalk follow.

1. Men and Wine

Having impeccable taste in wine goes a long way when it comes to picking a potential partner, and these guys know it.

2. Cute Boys With Cats

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KITTEN😻

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Crazy cat ladies, this is the Instagram for you: An account where good-looking guys snuggle up to Persians, Siamese, and rag-dolls.

3. Men in the Kitchen

Perhaps they’re professional chefs or just food loving hobbyists, but either way, if these guys were in our kitchen, we’d be eating in every single night.

4. Hot Men With Babies

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A post shared by Hot Men With Babies (@hot_men_with_babies) on Apr 3, 2015 at 11:32pm PDT

Celebrity dads and regular dads posing with their babies—excuse us while our ovaries explode.

5. Hot Dudes With Dogs

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With over 209,000 followers, this account is brilliant at seeking out seriously attractive dog-loving men on Instagram.

6. Mecs Métro Paris

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Here you’ll find candid snaps of cute guys riding the subway in Paris. Très bien.

7. Beard Brand

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The always styling #beardsman Ben Dahlhaus (@bendahlhausofficial) switched up his suit game for one of @lackofcoloraus’s equally stylish hats and a green countryside. 📷 by @esrasam #beards #beardlife

A post shared by Beardbrand (@beardbrand) on Jul 29, 2015 at 11:19am PDT

Alright, so technically this account was created to “change the way society views beardsmen” by sharing photos of hip urban guys with beards. However, we’d bet anything that most of the followers of this account are single women—not guys with facial hair.

8. Just Fit Guys

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😍😍 #justfitguys credit: @10gilsoares

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Like a guy who looks like he spends more time at the gym than he does at the office? Then go ahead, hit the little blue “follow” button and watch your newsfeed fill with shirtless, Ken doll lookalikes.

9. Hot Dudes Reading

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I love it when a hot boy-next-door type settles in across my way. His taste in classic literature matches perfectly with the tailored peacoat, leather watch and Converse. With size 14s like those, he’s not the only one with #GreatExpectations. #hotdudesreading

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A man with a book says “I’m smart and sexy, and I know it.” Also note, many of the hot dudes featured on Hot Dudes Reading are snapped on the subway: Reading while in transit? Hot.

10. Men and Coffee

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To all my new followers.. You’re welcome! But most importantly, thank you! 🙏 enjoy! #menandcoffee

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Maybe he’s a barista, maybe he’s a super-hipster, maybe he just needs his caffeine, but there’s something enigmatically sexy about a man with a cup of coffee in his hands. He might also be artsy, musically gifted, and may even write poetry. We say husband material.

11. Men with Pups

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HAPPY FUCKING FRIDAY

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Adorable puppies being cuddled by adorable men. Enough said.

12. DILFs of Disneyland

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thee cutest 😍😍😍 DILF spotted in Tomorrowland. Im sorry but how much of a babe can you be in those mickey ears sir!? #dilfsofdisneyland #dadsababe #dadsofdisneyland #hellllosir

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Something feels slightly creepy about stalking hot dads with their kids at Disneyland but, nevertheless, there’s nothing wrong with looking. This Insta almost makes us want to book a flight to L.A. and hop on Space Mountain. Almost.

These are all the types of hot guys in the world, RANKED by desirability

I would say that every girl has a type, but honestly, I think we all only have one type: hot guys. I don’t know a fully-straight single girl who hasn’t dipped (or double-dipped) into each and every type of man. Except that one weird girl I know from my home town who’s still with her boyfriend from 8th grade. She’ll be getting a divorce soon.

From the bad boys to the guys you hate in bed but LOVE in your parents’ house, here’s every type of hot guy ranked by ABSOLUTE hotness — hotness than transcends all tastes. And if you’re not getting with #1, dump him for a guy who fits the mold. Trust me, it’ll be the sexiest decision of your life.

8. Dirty Hot

Dirty hot guys are guys who look really nice, but could definitely use a bath. Their rugged look is hot in a caveman kind of way, but you can’t be into this guy unless you’re super accepting of stringy-ass hair or dreads on a white guy (you should literally never be ok with that, tbh). This guy might sleep on a mattress on his floor and perpetually smell like weed, but he knows how to have fun and always has girls all over him when he’s not wearing sweatpants. You know, kinda like how he always has dirt all over his face.

These guys land in eighth for obvious reasons, but I salute you if you’re into the pizza-in-bed type.

Shia LeBeouf = dirty hot

Other examples: Idek, please seek help.

7. Ugly-Hot

No one can agree if these guys are hot or not. Most of them are butt ugly until you find out they’re good at something or rich or their strung-out look starts to grow on you. Some of them are “hot” but have way too much going on with their face. And some of them you SWEAR are hot, but your friends shun you every time you bring him up. Honestly, it’s hard to be into an ugly hot guy, but he’s probably pretty humble. And you definitely don’t have to worry about him cheating on you.

These guys are usually pretty hot, but society might not agree. For the embarrassment you’ll face in public, I put these guys at #7.

Adam Driver embodies Ugly Hot better than Kim Kardashian embodies post-capitalism

Other examples: Post Malone, Michael Cera, Ezra Miller. And if this is really your type (same), we made a whole March Madness bracket about it.

6. “Cute”

“Cute” guys are so cute they’re kinda hot. They tend to look like little cherub babies in the face, but with some chiseled cheekbones or something. But these guys don’t just look cute…they act cute. They’re really nice. They cry during animated movies. They really love their moms. They’re romantic and lovey and will always support you. If you’re dating one, you probably met in homeroom.

Cute guys are great to be with and will definitely get lots of “aww”s from your best friends. But they aren’t always the guys who are going to get wild and dangerous with you. For that, they land at number six.

Shawn Mendes is a textbook “cutie”

Other examples: Tom Holland, Timothee Chalamet, Niall Horan.

5. Artsy Hot

These guys are very into being “deep,” but the aesthetic kind-of works for them. They’re chiseled, and dress like they’re an extra a Sufjan Stevens music video. These guys are a walking IPA — they’re dark and mysterious, but heavy to hang out with. They’re always having a “jam session” or listening to vinyl or talking about his aspirations to buy a typewriter and write an autobiographical account of his basic-ass life in the suburbs. But it’s hot to you, because you love an emotional, driven guy. Or because he’s too hot for you to care.

They get #5, if only for the amount of good films you’ll catch up on while you’re dating him.

Another example: John Mayer.

4. Daddy Hot

You all know what a Daddy™ looks like. He looks a little bit older, has a beard or at least a hot sweep of shadow, and definitely knows how to provide for a family of four. This guy has been having sex for a long time so you hope, nay, know, he’ll be good. And with that gray hair, how could you say no?

Daddys are easily one of the hottest types of guys, but they can also come with a lot of backlash from our vanilla, sexless society. For that, they land at #4.

A grand example? George Clooney.

Other examples: Mark Consuelos, Matthew McConaughey, Milo Ventimiglia.

3. “I Could Change Him!” Hot

We all know a guy who’s hot in a “I could change him” type of way. He’s a troubled white boy who hasn’t slept in three days, wears dirty jeans that barely fit his tiny-ass waist, and chain-smokes when he’s drunk and talking about his childhood traumas. He probably sends you shitty texts, stands you up, and refuses to acknowledge you in public. But it’s the fact that this guy is so unavailable that makes him so hot. You know he’s a project and you love that. It makes you feel like you’re important, even if he doesn’t realize that. And the sex? That dude takes out his whole fucking life on you in bed, and it’s the best thing that’s ever happened to you.

These guys get a high rating for being the sexiest thing to ever grace your love life, but a low rating for being emotionally scarring. You’ll get over him eventually, I promise. It’ll just take a lot of therapy.

Selena Gomez has been trying to save Justin for YEARS and we allll know why

Other examples: The Weeknd, Robert Downey Jr.

2. Conventionally Hot

Conventionally hot men have abs, nice tans, and a medium-deep voice. These guys look like a toothpaste commercial or a hot lifeguard or a hot lifeguard starring in a toothpaste commercial. These were the guys you were obsessed with in middle school, when you expected every eligible man to look like Zac Efron. They love golden retrievers, using cliched pick-up lines on Tinder, a cold Bud Light, and laughing along to jokes they don’t understand. But damn, are they pretty.

These guys get a high score for obvious reasons.

Zac Efron is the most conventionally attractive man to walk this Earth

Other examples: Channing Tatum, Ryan Reynolds, Chris Pine.

1. “Gucci Model” Hot

These guys are too edgy to be considered conventionally hot, but they’re edgy in a cool way that lets you know pop culture is wrapped around their finger. “Gucci Model” Hot guys look like they just walked off the runway. They are lean but muscular, and have beautifully sculpted. They know how to dress and they know how to work an Instagram aesthetic. Basically, they’re like a best girlfriend and a hot boyfriend at the same time.

A$AP Rocky: Literal model

Other examples: Harry Styles, Offset, Zayn.

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• Literally just a list of hot guys you haven’t thought about since the mid-00s

• This is why straight guys are so bad at social media

While yoga is one of the best forms of bodyweight exercise out there, a lot of people shy away from the practice because of the spiritual baggage it carries and the overly feminine culture surrounding it. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Today’s Expert Interview is with Dean Pohlman, distinguished yoga teacher and founder of Man Flow Yoga. Dean has an approach to yoga that is non-spiritual, fitness oriented, and man friendly. He strips yoga down to its physical core and proves that you yoga can be practiced by everyone, regardless of gender and spiritual beliefs.

Bodyweight Todd: What is Man Flow Yoga?

Dean Pohlman: Man Flow Yoga is yoga for physical fitness. Using the most effective postures found in yoga, Man Flow Yoga focuses on developing endurance, core strength, balance, bodily control, and flexibility. There is no ohms, no chanting, and no connecting with the universe. It’s a workout – not a therapy session.

Bodyweight Todd: Do you incorporate bodyweight exercises into your fitness routine, or do you maintain your physique with primarily yoga?

Dean Pohlman: Yoga IS all bodyweight exercises. There are some exercises not found in yoga, like pull-ups or chin-ups, that I do in addition to yoga to help me maintain my physique, as well as fill certain movements that yoga lacks.

Bodyweight Todd: You are ripped. Do you follow any particular diet?

Dean Pohlman: I eat cleanly. Lots of vegetables, lots of lean meats, and a variety of foods. I don’t starve myself, and I make sure that I get the necessary amount of sleep. Two of my biggest influences on diet are Tony Robbins and Dave Asprey. (I am a bulletproof ambassador.)

Bodyweight Todd: What is the biggest misconception about yoga?

Dean Pohlman: The biggest misconception about yoga is that it isn’t a difficult workout. People think that because you’re not slamming weights or doing box jumps that you aren’t helping your body build muscle, which just isn’t true. It certainly depends on the type of yoga that you are doing, but as long as you are doing fitness-centric yoga (like Man Flow Yoga), then you can get a workout that will leave you just as tired as a calisthenics or weight training workout.

Bodyweight Todd: Do you notice fewer injuries since you started training in yoga?

Dean Pohlman: Yoga actually helped me learn about some movement tendencies that were leading to chronic injuries. Thanks to yoga, I’ve been able to effectively address those issues because I slowed down long enough to closely examine my technique in certain movements. I realized that I had poor posture, was not using my lower core strength, arching my lower back, and was also extremely tight in my upper back and shoulders area. Over the last couple of years, I’ve improved on these issues to the point where I feel stronger and have less bulk.

Bodyweight Todd: Do you have a Guru that you admire?

Dean Pohlman: I don’t adhere to the whole “yoga guru” thing. People that I admire are guys like Kelly Starrett and Ido Portal; people that don’t restrict themselves to one form of physical fitness, but recognize the inherent benefit of practicing a wide range of physical practices.

Bodyweight Todd: If you wanted to encourage a resistant guy to try yoga, what would you tell him?

Dean Pohlman: Stop being a pussy and do yoga. Your inability to touch your toes and your horrible posture is embarrassing. You’ll regret not paying more attention to flexibility when you’re older, and at that point the only thing you’ll have to stay is, “F***, I should have done more yoga.” That’s what I get now. I work with people who are in their 30s, 40s, 50s, and even 60s, and they all say the same thing: I wish I had started yoga sooner. Don’t be a statistic. Train smart. Take care of your body, and your body will take care of you for decades longer than you thought it would.

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Thanks, Dean, that was great. It’s awesome how people today have a choice between so many fantastic forms of bodyweight exercise, yoga being one of the best. I’m certain this interview will be an eye opener for the members of the ASO tribe who never considered yoga before, and hopefully it will be their introduction to the practice.

-Bodyweight Todd

For more information on Dean Pohlman, check out these links:

manyogaflow.com

Man Flow Yoga on Youtube

Man Flow Yoga on Facebook

After an article in last week’s New York Times Magazine painted yoga as anything but the panacea most people think it is—complete with stories about healthy maladies from torn Achilles tendons to strokes—you’d think that every yoga teacher from Berkeley to Bangalore would be up in arms. And many were—except yoga trainer Dana Santas, the founder of Radius Yoga Conditioning, who works with pro athletes, teams, and coaches including Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas, the Tampa Bay Lightning, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Tampa Bay Rays strength coach Kevin Barr.

We sat down with her to get the scoop on how yoga is just as dangerous as many of the sports you play—and what you can do to reap the benefits (yes, there are many) without putting your body on the line.

Men’s Health : Are there certain guys who shouldn’t take a yoga class?

Dana Santas: Unfortunately, yes. Because the Americanized version of yoga is too often taught like an extreme sport, anyone with a current or past injury history shouldn’t just jump into a yoga class. Certain yoga postures may be contraindicated based on your injury history—and it’s not just because you risk reinjuring the same spots. Say you injured your right hip. While it was healing, another part of your body—such as your left knee—may have picked up the slack. Now, you walk into a yoga class where they do reclined hero’s pose (where you’re kneeling, but with your back on the floor). If your knee has already been stressed, the pose could cause your knee to pop because it puts the joint into extreme flexion. But how would you—or the instructor who has never met you before—know this?

More from MensHealth.com: 6 Ways to Injury-Proof Your Workout

Other guys who shouldn’t do yoga in a class setting: Those who have a sport they’re serious about. A baseball player wouldn’t cross-train with football in the offseason. Think of yoga that same way.

Men’s Health: So you’re saying that these guys shouldn’t do yoga at all?

Dana Santas: No! Let me clarify: These guys shouldn’t take a general yoga class. Should they do certain yoga poses? Absolutely! There isn’t a guy on the face of the earth who wouldn’t benefit from doing yoga postures that are ideal for his body and his sport. Performed in this way, yoga can be a great conditioning tool to correct dysfunctional movement patterns and imbalances, improve range of motion, enhance core strength, and sharpen mental clarity

It can also strengthen neuromuscular efficiency—your brain’s ability to communicate with your body. So my advice for those guys is to work in a small group or one-on-one with a certified yoga instructor who can customize a yoga practice for them.

More from MensHealth.com: How to Avoid Leg Injury at the Gym

Men’s Health: What advice do you have for guys who don’t have the time or money for private yoga sessions?

Dana Santas: Ultimately, a few private or semi-private sessions will be far less costly and come with significantly less risk of injury than mass yoga classes. Now, if you don’t fit into the previously injured or serious sports category and want to make yoga your “sport,” by all means, take up regular yoga classes, but do so with an assumption of risk and sense of personal responsibility.

Men’s Health: What are the biggest misconceptions you think guys have about yoga?

Dana Santas: That it’s just stretching or like getting a massage. Many guys think yoga is as safe and as easy as having someone else do all of the work. A yoga posture practice is tough! It takes just as much dedication, concentration, and sweat, and comes with just as much risk of injury (if not much more, when done incorrectly) as any other serious form of exercise.

Men’s Health: Even if a guy has done as you suggested, how can he minimize his risk of injury in a class?

Dana Santas: First, keep in mind that unlike weight training, “no pain, no gain,” doesn’t apply in yoga. Instead, know your intelligent edge. Listen to your body. You may feel some discomfort because you’re putting your body into unfamiliar positions, but stop if you feel cautionary pain. If you can’t breathe with ease, you’ve gone too far and should back off.

Next, take the teacher’s modifications—if blocks are suggested to bring the floor closer to you, use them. If using a strap to reach your foot will help you avoid a torn hamstring, use it! Check your ego at the door because you’re going benefit more from modifications than trying to do a crazy pose—and risk injuring yourself—just to look cool on your mat.

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Paige Greenfield Paige Greenfield is a YogaLife Contributing Editor.

“Guys Who Do Weights Or Run – Yoga Changes Their Lives”

Whatever exercise you’re currently doing (if any), whatever healthy regime you follow, and however little time you have in your working week, there is a case for adding in some yoga to your schedule.

Yoga improves both strength and flexibility, and works muscles that are all too often neglected, especially by the deskbound. And if you’re already doing other sports, yoga can be especially useful, as boxer, ultra-runner and yoga teacher Adam Husler explains.

“All sports have particular movements and specific muscle engagement, even darts. If you’re doing those a lot, your body is going to change and adapt in a certain way,” says Husler.

“As a boxer, I had very hunched shoulders and was very tight across the back. I was strong in the core, but I was in a lot of pain on a daily basis. If you’re spending all your time creating a certain shape, for the sake of your body in the long term you should spend some time doing exactly the opposite – both in terms of stretching the muscles that are tight, and engaging the opposite set of muscles.

“For many people the back is quite weak, especially guys who do weights or run – there’s, a lot of hunching in the spine. As soon as they start to stretch their body, their back and their legs, and engage and strengthen their upper back, it changes their lives.

“Yoga should be, for most guys, a medicine.”

Then there are the mental benefits of the practice to consider, with yoga having proved an effective antidote to the stresses of everyday life.

“There are innate psychological benefits of being in a yoga class,” says Husler, who’s an ambassador for Manduka yoga gear. “It will have a calming effect on your body. You haven’t got a phone around you, you’re not trying to win at yoga. You’re in a space where all you need to be is present with yourself. There are undoubtedly psychological benefits.”

Too often the reason men avoid yoga is a stereotypical idea of what a class would involve and who typically goes to them. However, a huge range of yoga classes is available to suit all attitudes and abilities.

“I would say a typical guy generally thinks yoga is for young, bendy women, old ladies in a town hall or hippy men, who are chanting,” says Husler.

“That’s the typical stereotype. There are a lot of naturally flexible people who fulfil their ego by being even more bendy in a public context and there are the more spiritual classes. But increasingly yoga is becoming less dogmatic and what you’ll find, especially somewhere like London, is a huge range of styles of yoga, and teachers teaching in different ways.

“It’s not about going to one class and saying ‘it’s not for me’. It’s about trying different styles, trying to get recommendations, looking at websites, social media, finding a teacher who has a language you can relate to.”

It’s also important not to worry that you’ll look a fool if you’re horribly inflexible. Yoga is not just about who can contort themselves into the most impressive shapes.

“For me yoga is as much about as strength as flexibility,” says Husler. “I’d much rather teach someone who is tight and acknowledges that than someone loose who is not willing to try and get stronger and more stable. It’s less about the shapes you make, less about the objective success of touching your toes or getting your leg behind your head. It’s more about sensation. In theory, at least, everyone in the class should be feeling the same thing.”

You can work up to taking your first class by trying some online yoga beforehand, but even if you turn up at your initial session a complete novice, don’t fear – you can always hide.

“If it makes it easier for guys, try a few online classes first – it could make things a bit more accessible, so you’ll know broadly what to expect. Or try going to an open level class that is taught by someone recommended to you and pop yourself near the back so you’re not intimidated.”

More info on Adam’s teaching can be found at adamhusler.com and his Instagram @adamhusler. Manduka makes a range of yoga gear for men – find out more at manduka.com.

6 Reasons Men Should Do Yoga

Years ago, just as Jay Cutler was ascending to the top of the bodybuilding world, he told me about a secret he’d recently begun to incorporate into his training. It was yoga! He credited his improved flexibility with his ability to train more efficiently and avoid injury. And then he won the Mr. Olympia title.

Today, there are more yoga studios and yoga classes than ever, but a lot of people—men in particular—remain confused about what happens inside those classes and how they should feel about it. Is it stretching, meditation, some combination thereof, or something else entirely? Could it be the secret to unlocking your tight hips and superhuman athletic potential, or will it just make you sprout a man bun and go all new agey?

Wonder no more! Here’s why you have nothing to fear—and everything to gain—from adding a little yoga to your life.

What Do I Need To Begin?

  • A mat (don’t rely on the studio mat)
  • Shorts that don’t ride up too high
  • A shirt that doesn’t move too much
  • An open mind
  • Willingness to be humbled and ask questions
  • A good teacher

1. Yoga Increases Range Of Motion

You may think that range of motion is the same thing as flexibility, but it’s a little different. Many guys know they have a tight muscle group or two—most frequently the hamstrings, glutes, pecs, and shoulders. But they may not realize the limitations any of these place on their ability to train through a full range of motion. The more you train them through a limited range of motion, the more limited you become as a lifter—and a functional human being.

One of Cutler’s limitations was his tight shoulder joints, which he found didn’t allow him to stretch his pectorals fully during pressing movements, which in turn reduced his ability to build chest mass. Increased flexibility opened him up to a better pressing motion—and the type of development that helped him eventually win four Sandow trophies.

A well-designed yoga class emphasizes moves that open up virtually all of these problem areas, because everyone, everywhere, can benefit from opening up their hunched shoulders and tight hips. Consider this quality movement training of the first order.

Yoga is more like quality movement practice than exercise. It may floor you at first, but over time its benefits will surprise you.

2. Yoga Improves Breathing

You might think that you breathe perfectly fine. But you’d probably find yourself challenged by how much yoga asks you to focus on inhaling and exhaling, particularly while you’re attempting to hold tough poses in unfamiliar movement planes.

As a yoga class gets more intense, the breathing slows down rather than speeding up. This teaches you to take in long, slow breaths when you need them most, expanding your lung capacity to allow you to take in the same or greater amount of oxygen from fewer inhalations.

This is one reason you might feel a kind of bliss akin to the legendary “runner’s high” during a yoga class. More importantly, you’re training your body to oxygenate itself more efficiently. That’s important for cardio activity, strength training, and yes, muscle-building.

3. Yoga Strengthens Stabilizers

Every yogi out there has a story (or twenty) about that time they saw a strong, muscular guy walk into class and get totally owned by a routine the smaller, less muscular women were rocking. Why does this happen? Because that guy, who no doubt earned his physique in the classic two-feet-on-the-ground, two-hands-on-the-bar power stance, got shown that he remains weak in his stabilizer muscles.

Yoga takes you out of your traditional gym stance, requiring you to get stronger in every movement plane.

Yoga includes many unique moves in addition to basics such as down dog, plank, and warrior variations. Depending on the whim of your teacher, it can also include lateral, twisting, and spinal-arch moves, as well as plenty of balance challenges—all of which are not typically present in lifting exercises.

These moves force your body to work in new and unaccustomed ways, strengthening smaller stabilizer muscles and increasing joint health along the way. You’ll get stronger, sure, but you might also shore up a weak link that would otherwise lead you go get injured.

In other words, a good yoga class can cover a lot of the bases that you think you’re covering (but might not be) with your long, complicated pre-hab and mobility routines.

How do I program a yoga class?

Option 1
  • Day 1: Strength training
  • Day 2: Yoga
  • Repeat as much as possible
Option 2
  • Day 1: Strength training A
  • Day 2: Strength training B
  • Day 3: Yoga/active rest
Option 3
  • AM: Yoga, in a class or online
  • PM: Strength training
Option 4
  • During the day: Strength training
  • Nighttime: Yoga cool-down

4. Yoga Provides Active Rest

One of the challenges of being a committed athlete is figuring out what to do with an active-rest day. These are days where you can include activity, but you should refrain from typical workouts. You’re supposed to allow your body to heal and recover…but you don’t really want to.

Many Type-A athletes feel like they’ll go stir-crazy if they can’t perform some form of activity. Yoga is a perfect option for these days. You’ll likely find it far more challenging than you expect, but it doesn’t usually demand a lot of recovery time (although you might be sore the first few times).

In fact, a good rule of thumb is to start with a 60-minute, level-one yoga class. These are often available at full-service gyms. They’re a little rarer at yoga studios, where classes tend to be a little longer.

5. Yoga Balances You

This could mean a lot of things, but I’m not talking chakras here. First, yoga literally includes poses that help you improve your balance. One-legged poses, headstands, handstands, arm balances, and plenty of other tough challenges are all fair game. And no matter how many push-ups or bodyweight squats you can do, a good yoga teacher can find ways to make these expose your weaknesses.

Second, yoga encourages your body to move in unaccustomed ways by spending time in totally familiar postures. While athletes consider every workout to be beneficial—and rightfully so—most of us often end up performing the same types of movements too frequently. This is all well and good until that day comes when, all of a sudden, you can’t remember the last time you weren’t in pain.

I’ve heard it time and time again: “My back/hips/shoulders were always bugging me, but yoga made it 100 times better.” The only problem with that is that yoga works well enough that most of us stop doing it after experiencing its benefits.

Many men feel so great after a few yoga classes, they forget to keep going. Don’t be that guy.

6. Yoga Enhances Overall Health

Most athletes take as a given that their athletic activities are healthy, which, of course, they are. But training in the red all the time eventually causes wear and tear on the body, particularly without space for diverse movement and quality rest.

Yoga not only helps you feel good after hard training, but it provides other more distinct health advantages. More efficient breathing helps reduce blood pressure and lowers the stress response, for one. Yoga has also been shown to be excellent for helping to prevent or reduce problems associated with sciatica, carpal tunnel, or even rotator-cuff issues. In most cities, you can even find classes that are designed specifically for people rehabbing from injuries or with back pain.

Don’t take any of this to mean that yoga is “easy.” Sure, it can be sleepy and new-agey, but it can also give you a challenge that you totally didn’t see coming. But even when it’s intense, a well-run yoga class is somehow gentle on the body.

This is a great way for you to live a longer active life. Don’t fear it. It’s not weird, exotic, or demonic. Start at an appropriate level—even if that’s at the bottom—and give it a serious try. Then report back in the comments.

What happens when two guys ditch their fears and try yoga

(Photos by Marvin Joseph/Graphic by Susana Sanchez-Young/The Washington Post)

There will be no lack of opportunities to do stereotypical Guy Things next week — playing golf, watching the NBA playoffs, discussing the NFL draft and/or, of course, figuring out what to grill.

But how many guys are aware that Sunday marks the start of D.C. Yoga Week? Heck, how many guys have even tried yoga, despite its explosion in popularity?

Well, we can think of at least two dudes who hadn’t really tried it before: We, the two male MisFits. Recently, we decided to man up and unroll the mats. Here’s what we experienced.

Des: Namaste, bro.

Mike: Namaste to you. Did we ever figure out what namaste means? Something about “my awesomeness bows to your awesomeness”?

Des: Yeah, whatever it means, I’m pretty sure we’re allowed to say it, now that we’ve gone downward, dog.

Why aren’t men doing yoga?

Mike’s analysis

Yoga in America is on the rise. One survey found that 9.5 percent of adults, nearly 21 million, practiced yoga in 2012. Another report estimates that there are more than 30,000 Pilates and yoga studios in the United States.

However, there’s something missing: men. On the whole, women make up three-quarters of yoga classes, a percentage representative of our recent experiences. Why is this?

First, it seems there is a major misconception among men that yoga doesn’t equal strength. In our culture, we have the image of a “strong and fit male,” who usually lifts weights and bulks up. Weightlifting does increase strength, but there’s more to being strong, like having good balance and mobility.

More so, stretching and flexibility exercises are generally seen as means to an end, not a worthy practice in and of itself. That’s a mistake.

“Guys have tighter shoulders, it seems — carry a lot of the weight of the world on their shoulders,” said Wes Smith, who has been teaching an all-male class at Circle Yoga for more than two years. “Hamstrings are tight, so trying to loosen up all of that. So if you just do some basic poses, you will move everything in your body to wherever it needs to go.”

The spiritual elements of yoga may also be off-putting for some men. Mistrust of yoga’s religious implications, “New Age” oddness and meditation techniques conflict with many cultural assumptions about American masculinity.

Plus, yoga can be just plain hard. Many of the poses are awkward for a beginner, and can easily lead to insecurity about your body (especially in a room full of women). And what type of yoga practice do you pick? In looking for different yoga classes, Des and I saw restorative yoga, rocket yoga, power yoga and the like. Our yoga knowledge was nonexistent, so we relied on friends and co-workers to choose a studio.

We had thought about starting with a men-only class; it didn’t work out, but some beginners might want to try that option. As it turned out, we did wind up with two male instructors. We encountered the first, Michael Peterson, during our first baby step into yoga, not even leaving our own building. The Washington Post has its own gym, and we spent an hour there doing Vinyasa yoga with Peterson and several co-workers.

After that, we ventured not only outside, but into the scary world of Bikram yoga, which is hot these days, in more ways than one.

Mike: For me, a yoga class equals a course in major anxiety. Although I’ve followed a YouTube video on yoga for runners, I’ve never stepped into a class, never bought a mat and, God forbid, never thought about buying yoga pants.

Part of me hears the old church ladies from my childhood say, “That yoga business is of the devil!” (slight paraphrase, but that’s the general idea).

Des: My thing is, I often react with disdain to things I think are overly trendy, and I didn’t want to be one of these people walking around with a mat. But when Peterson asked me why I wasn’t doing yoga, I said something like, “Well, you know, there are a lot of things I should be doing.”

Vinyasa: Des’s first impressions

Local yoga instructor Michael Peterson with Des Bieler and Mike Plunkett. (Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post)

This was the first time I laid out a mat, with a bunch of other people and a teacher, and did what I would consider proper yoga. Vinyasa is a form of yoga in which one pose flows into another, and movements are linked to inhaling and exhaling. “That’s part of the connecting thing.” Peterson told us.

“You have to breathe and move at the same time, and you gotta pay attention to do that. So now you’ve got your mind paying attention to your body and your breath, and that lining up is where the yoga happens, in a sense.”

In order to help us line things up, Peterson, a full-time instructor for whom The Post is one of several clients, had atmospheric music playing softly in the background. He explained that music and low lighting contribute to “creating an atmosphere where you’re able to just focus.”

I wasn’t that nervous, but I also wasn’t exactly “focused.” I mean, right off the bat, I was having trouble keeping my eyes closed.

Peterson encouraged the class to focus on breathing, “listen for sound vibrations” and ignore our own internal commentary. Mike later said he found himself hearing the treadmills in the gym next to us and worrying about not running.

Personally, I was thinking about the story we were going to write, then I was thinking about how I was going to write about thinking about that.

Focusing on our breath did help distract us from the fact that we were the only male students in our group of seven, a ratio that was similar in the next class we took. After a little while the self-consciousness started to abate.

We tried to do crow pose, which seems a bit advanced, given that you place the weight of your body on your arms and lift your bent legs off the ground. Mike achieved liftoff — for just a moment. Then he quickly fell onto the floor. I had no shot at completing crow or bound side angle, which involves reaching a hand under the same side’s leg, then clasping it with the other hand, which happens to be behind your back. But I also didn’t feel like it was a hopeless cause; I just needed a lot more practice.

Mike: I took the time between Vinyasa class and Bikram yoga to practice my “anxious MisFit pose.”

Des: Not gonna lie, I was a little apprehensive about this one.

Peterson, Bieler and Plunkett demonstrate a yoga pose, warrior one. (Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post)

Bikram: Mike’s first impressions

A couple of days after Peterson’s class, we headed over to the Bikram Yoga Takoma Park studio, to see what that was all about. It’s often called “hot yoga,” and I think that might be a bit of an understatement. Bikram is a series of 26 poses done in a room heated to a humid 105 degrees or so. The heat is meant to loosen up the muscles and allow for greater flexibility.

Stephen Pleasant, the owner of the studio, looked at us with wary eyes when we paid the drop-in fee and explained our story idea. He said our goal as first-timers was merely to stay in the room the entire time and endure the heat. Ninety minutes is a long time to spend in a steamy environment, pushing oneself through unfamiliar activities.

While the first yoga class was quiet and meditative, this class was lively. The lights were on and there was no music. Although some poses were similar to those in the other class, Bikram felt harder. Pleasant, who taught the class, encouraged us to lie down to rest if needed — and at times, it was needed. When we got to rabbit pose, Pleasant told us to sit this one out because it’s hard to do. I said, “That’s not a problem,” which got a good laugh.

Des did attempt some version of all the poses, but for the most part, the only thing he had in common with the woman in front of him, who was actually executing them, was that they were both depositing perspiration into their towels, mats and the carpeted floor.

Pleasant said that Bikram is actually a good form of yoga for beginners, and that makes sense, because it is so structured. It’s the same 26 poses every time, in the same order, and the only goal is to get better at them.

While I don’t mind the spiritual elements of yoga, Des liked how Bikram dispensed with mysticism and focused on the physical activity. Pleasant told us to keep our eyes open. Unlike the other yoga class, where we tried to center ourselves, Bikram asked us to be where we were, in the class, sweating with everyone else.

In both classes, Des and I felt that all the poses were in some variety doable. We both can attest that our whole body got a workout, and believe us, it took a lot of strength to do it.

Yoga demonstration with Peterson, Bieler and Plunkett. The first class Bieler and Plunkett took was quiet. The second, lively. (Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post)

Mike: I can definitely say we got a workout out of both classes, wouldn’t you?

Des: Oh, I would. In both classes, there were several points at which the teacher would say, “And now, exhale.” And in my mind, I’d be like, “Dude, I’ve exhaled like three times already! I’m huffin’ and puffin’ over here.” I do kind of want to see what else is out there in Yogaland. You know: Have Mat, Will Travel.

Mike: I see new blog potential! And with that, my awesomeness bows to your awesomeness, Des.

Des: Thanks, and yes, let’s wrap this up. We’ve already over-nama-stayed our welcome.

Bikram yoga does not have to be hot to benefit health

You do not have to practice Bikram yoga in a hot room for it to be beneficial for your arteries, according to new research now published in the journal Experimental Physiology.

Share on PinterestThe same vascular health benefits can be garnered from normal-temperature and hot Bikram yoga.

Researchers at Texas State University in San Marcos and the University of Texas at Austin found evidence of improvement in vascular health in middle-aged people who went to hot Bikram yoga classes three times per week for 12 weeks.

However, they found the same improvement in a middle-aged group that completed the same Bikram yoga program in a normal-temperature environment.

Bikram yoga is a system of yoga that takes its name from Bikram Choudhury, who started teaching it at his school in India more than 50 years ago. It is now taught by a worldwide network of affiliated teachers.

The system is based on 26 postures, or asanas, and two breathing exercises drawn from traditional hatha yoga. It is known as “hot yoga” because it requires that practice takes place at a room temperature of around 40°C and a relative humidity of 40–60 percent.

Heat not necessary for vascular improvement

The findings follow previous research in which the team found evidence that Bikram yoga can benefit vascular health in middle-aged adults.

“The new finding from this investigation,” says first and corresponding study author Dr. Stacy D. Hunter, of the Department of Health and Human Performance at Texas State University, “was that the heated practice environment did not seem to play a role in eliciting improvements in vascular health with Bikram yoga.”

The researchers assessed changes in vascular health using a noninvasive method called brachial artery flow-mediated dilation (FMD).

Changes in brachial artery FMD reflect changes in the linings of arteries that are linked to the development of heart disease.

If the measure rises, it can indicate delayed development of atherosclerosis, which is a condition wherein arteries narrow and get stiff due to plaque build-up. This can increase the risk of heart attack and stroke.

Three weekly Bikram classes for 12 weeks

The study participants, whose ages ranged between 40 and 60 years, were 52 “sedentary but apparently healthy adults.”

They were all randomly assigned to one of three groups: a hot Bikram group; a normal-temperature Bikram group; or a non-practicing, or sedentary, group that did not participate in the classes to act as controls.

In the hot Bikram group, 19 participants completed 12 weeks of Bikram yoga classes held three times per week. The classes took place in rooms kept at 40.5°C.

In the normal-temperature Bikram group, 14 participants completed the same classes except that their rooms had a normal temperature of 23°C.

The instructions and sequence of the 26 yoga postures and breathing exercises were the same in both the hot and normal-temperature Bikram classes.

Vascular benefit from practicing asanas

The results showed that brachial artery FMD increased over the 12 weeks in both the hot and normal-temperature Bikram groups, whereas there was no change in the control group.

The researchers conclude that the vascular benefits of Bikram yoga seem to stem more from practicing the asanas and less from the heated environment.

They suggest that the findings are “of clinical significance given the increased propensity toward heat intolerance in aging adults.”

The results also showed that body fat percentage reduced more in the hot yoga group than in the normal-temperature group.

However, the study authors note that this change was “relatively small and may not have had significant physiological impact.”

“This is the first publication to date to show a beneficial effect of the practice in the absence of the heat.”

Dr. Stacy D. Hunter

Ever felt that weird sensation that someone might be watching you? No matter where you go or what street you walk down, it feels like there’s a pair of eyes glancing over and following you down the road. No, you’re not crazy. You’re not paranoid and you’re not experiencing any sort of stalker situation. You might, however, be wearing yoga pants. The Yoga Pant Effect is a strange phenomenon that seems to happen whenever a woman dons a pair of skin-tight, stretchy, and sexy yoga pants. Even if she’s just going to pick up dry cleaning, the yoga pants are like a magnet. Men’s eyes follow the pants, hanging on every step of your errand-running. While it might feel intrusive, it’s also a little satisfying. Respectful attention can’t help but feel good, and it’s hard for men to keep their eyes off us when we’re wearing yoga pants. Why? Just read on. You’ll see why the Yoga Pant Effect is so powerful, and why men love women in yoga pants. Trust us… You’ll run out and buy a pair after hearing about how ridiculously desirable they are.

15 The confidence

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Men love confident women. There’s something especially tantalizing about the swagger of a lady who knows she’s got everyone’s attention. Whether that’s through being the most knowledgeable person in the room, or being the hottest person in the room doesn’t matter. The appeal is certainly more visible than intelligence, though, and we definitely like the visibility of it. While some people disagree with the way folks stare at tight, taunt yoga pants, we love how they accentuate all our best bits. It’s this accentuation that gives us a sense of satisfaction, and gives us the confidence boost we need. It’s a delicious feeling when all eyes are on you, one that we can’t get enough of. We’ll keep wearing our yoga pants after yoga class just because we like the way it makes us feel. And hey, if the guys are into it to… All the better! There’s nothing sexier than a confident lady, after all.

14 If it’s a peach

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You might have seen an influx of peach emojis being used in popular media and clothing designs lately. It’s not because the food guide has started having more sway in convincing people to eat their fruit. And it’s definitely not because peaches are in season. No, peaches have begun to gain popularity as a representation of a perfect behind. Perky and firm buns that are similar in look and feel to a well ripened peach. Men are especially prone to drooling over sweet, peachy bums. As you can imagine, the yoga pants trend has made these hard-working butts even more accessible. Every delicious lump and bump is shown off, and guys can’t get enough. If you’ve got a beauty of a booty, you need to invest in a pair of good yoga pants. You should invest in a pair of yoga pants even if you’re…

13 More of a pancake

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We’ve talked a lot about shapeliness when it comes to butts, but what about us ladies that are lacking in the rear? While it might be a sore spot to know that your peach is more of a pancake, it’s not the end of the world. There are plenty of other assets (including all your amazing non-physical ones), which will no doubt entice any man you want. However, why not give yourself a little lift? Many yoga pants not only shape, but also contain your buttocks, making them firm and perky… Even if you tend to fall on the flatter side. Plus, as a woman with a flatter behind, you’ve probably got a slim, trim waist to match. The yoga pants will not only give you a little accentuation where you need it, but will also highlight your other curves. Men love it. Besides, not everyone is a fruitarian… Some folks want a nice, hearty breakfast.

12 How little material is there

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Bet you were wondering when we’d get to this one! The beauty of the yoga pant is that they feel like you’re wearing nothing. And that’s kind of because you are. The fabric is often so thin, or so stretchy, that we’re able to feel the breeze through the weave of the cloth. Not to mention how stretchy they are. The actual amount of material covering us looks like it would barely fit on the hanger, but sure enough all the important bits are locked in place. Ladies, we’ve talked to the guys about this, and you can be sure that they notice. They see just how little material there is covering our bodies, and they LOVE it. It’s the ultimate temptation, thin enough to feel muscles, but still a block between skin-on-skin contact. Consider slipping on your pair of yoga pants the next date you go on. It could lead to slipping out of your pair of yoga pants!

11 They feel good

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Stretchy, smooth, and perfect for making you feel sexy even when you’re bloated and gross. Yoga pants are the savior of every girl’s bad body image day. And let’s be real; they actually do help make you look your best, even if you’re not feeling your best. The smoothing, the lightness of fabric, and the stretchy waistband all help you to keep yourself and your body happy. There’s only so much you can do on a bad day, but luckily yoga pants are around to help. So, what does this have to do with guys? Men love a woman who feels good about herself. Going back to our original point, confidence is sexy! If you feel good, the guys will notice. All your positivity will help them feel good too… And before you know it, the good vibes guys will be falling all over you.

10 They’re comfortable

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YES! Above all, comfort is key. If you haven’t jumped on the comfort train, we recommend you grab a seat. Not only will you love the way yoga pants shape your hips and thighs, you’ll be surprised at how comfy and controlled you feel. When you take away physical discomfort, it’s easier to gain control of mental discomfort. Anxiety, fear, and nerves can all more easily be contained if you’re not worried about how you physically look or feel. Even the guys know this. Men are more inclined to check out a girl in yoga pants because they know that she’s probably got the inner peace going. Yoga pants are the universal sign of “I’m taking care of myself today”, which usually means you’re more ready to deal with whatever the world will toss your way. Especially if the world gives you a cute guy!

9 They’re movable

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What else can we say? Movability is a key component of clothing. If you’re working a job where you walk, run, squat, bend or lift a lot, you’ll need clothes that you can move around in. This is true in your everyday life too. Who wants to wear jeans that are so tight you can’t breathe? Or a dress that makes you look like a sausage? No one! The guys don’t like it either. Seeing a woman in distress because of her clothing choices is a sad thought for the men of this world. Besides, it frees up your options in terms of what you can do when faced with a more active gentleman. Bending, squatting, and running are always more fun with friends. This is the real benefit of yoga pants, and the real reason guys love seeing a woman in them. A man that knows his lady is ready for anything is super sexy. Put on some yoga pants and take over the world, girls!

8 The shapeliness

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Remember when big boobs used to be the hallmark of an attractive woman? “Hot” seemed to be about how many D’s you had strapped on, rather than how peachy your behind was. Men just went gaga looking at those two plums or melons or whatever your fruit twin was. I guess they started to appreciate what they could get though, like appreciating a woman’s behind as she walks away from him. Yoga pants are one of the best choices of pants to accentuate your hips and bottom, which makes it a solid choice if you’re trying to seduce a gentleman. They love the way the yoga pants smooth out your hips, making any love handles or paunches disappear. Not to mention that curve-hugging fit around the backside. If you’re looking to impress, accentuate your natural shape with barely-there yoga pants. Men will love it, no matter…

7 Women love them

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For all these reasons and more, yet-to-be-discussed positives, women just love yoga pants. They can’t get enough of them! There are entire corporate empires built on how much women love yoga pants. Lululemon, Old Navy Active, and many other brands seem to be cashing in on catering to the yoga pant obsession plaguing our nation. This isn’t a bad thing, though. The more body acceptance becomes common in the media, and the more the demand for yoga pants goes up, the more we have women of all shapes being able to access comfortable leg wear. And what could be better for the world? Women love yoga pants, and they’ll happily keep buying them as long as we keep producing them. Men have noticed this. And when a woman is happy, radiating positivity and confidence, that’s when men are most attracted.

6 The show a girl likes to work…

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Movability is great, as long as you use it! Whether you wear your yoga pants to kill a couple delivery skids, or you put them on just to go kill it at the gym, your yoga pants indicate to any and all watching that you know the value of hard work. You’re ready to jump squat, move some boxes, or stretch your hamstrings at a moment’s notice. You’re not lazy, and the world can see it. This goes double if you’re carrying your yoga mat with you too! There’s nothing hotter than a hardworking woman, too. The guys take one look at you and go “Yup. She can do it!” They know you can take care of yourself, and this self-sufficiency is a good basis for starting any relationship. Surprised men can see all that written on your yoga pants? Don’t be. Some people might wear their heart on their sleeve, but yoga pants plaster it all over your body.

5 You also know how to relax

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The flip side to yoga pants is the idea that they’re “comfy clothes”. They give you room to feel free and easy, letting you let loose and keep yourself comfy. Their shapeliness helps accentuate all your best assets without you having to do anything about it. Yes, ladies, it’s the put-on-and-go comfort clothes we all dream of. You don’t even need to brush your hair! Just throw it up in a messy bun and away you go. This give-no-effs look of relaxation is actually really attractive to most of the men out there. Guys are always looking for those easy going girls that look effortlessly attractive on a first glance. Going for the yoga pants means you’re going for those guys that would rather hang out and watch a movie than go to a fancy restaurant. If you’re looking for that relaxation, you chose the right outfit!

4 They aren’t “intimidating”

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When a woman is in a position of power, dressing well and speaking her mind, men sometimes call her “intimidating”. It sucks, because often times men are not spoken about the same way. We don’t question the loud guy in the suit because he’s doing his job, but we do whisper about the loud woman in the suit being unruly or “too much”. While we’d love to sit down with the people that perpetuate this and tell them why it’s so wrong and damaging, oftentimes we can’t. There’s too many people, and not enough emotional energy. We have to put it on the list though, because it’s a factor in why men find yoga pants so appealing. When a woman dresses down, she’s perceived as being much less intimidating than her male counterparts. Men like to see this, as they’re most often attracted to being in the powerful position. While it’s weird and uncomfortable, take comfort in the fact that you can be as outspoken as you want; it doesn’t matter what you’re wearing, just the fact that you’re speaking your mind.

3 They’re multi-purpose

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Guys love a woman that’s prepared and ready for anything. With your yoga pants on, you can do anything you set your mind to. Be it taking over the world, or just going and getting groceries for the week, you’re prepared. It’s almost like you knew exactly what was going to happen, even if you had no idea. This flexibility is a key component of yoga pants, and it drives men wild. They love the way you’re able to conquer the world, especially if it means they get a good look at your shapely peach. From behind, from below, or even from the side, however you want to rule, your yoga pants will be on your side. You might just get a guy stuck by your side too… Wouldn’t that be nice!

2 They look good from the front

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All this feel-good emotional yoga pantsing aside, what’s the REAL reason guys like yoga pants? Because they’re hot AF. From the front, your yoga pants shape you into the perfect hourglass. Guys can’t help but stare as you, a curvy goddess, walks toward them. Your boyfriend will hardly be able to keep his hands off your hips in yoga pants, and will be way too taken with the thin fabric to keep himself from rubbing up against you. Not to mention the tightly stretched fabric showing off… Pretty much everything. And the fact that they naturally shape and structure your thighs without you having to do much of anything is a total bonus. We love looking at ourselves rocking the yoga pants, and it’s no surprise that the guys like staring too.

1 …And the back

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The derriere extraordinaire, the lovely lady lump, your perky peach. No matter what you want to call it, it’s only made better by a perfect pair of yoga pants. The deliciousness of your bottom isn’t to be trifled with, and you can drive that fact home by showing it off. This is a key factor in why men love women who wear yoga pants. All the stuff about confidence and comfort is true, but let’s be real. Walking down the street, what’s a guy going to look at first? Your rocking butt. Yoga pants are the perfect thing to highlight your assets. Whether you’ve got an effortlessly flawless butt, or you’ve been in the gym working on your fitness, the yoga pants will let everyone appreciate the heavenly bottom you allow to grace the world. Are you convinced yet? Have we won you over to the yoga pants side? If you don’t believe that men actually love women in yoga pants more than women in jeans, try it for yourself. The next time you run out for groceries or a coffee, wear your yoga pants. No doubt you’ll get a few more stares than you normally do!

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