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One of the cardinal rules of yoga is to never criticize someone else’s practice. All our headstands and warrior poses are a work in practice. With this warning in mind, let’s take a look at a phenomenon sweeping the nation: broga.
Yes, broga is exactly what you think it is: yoga for bros looking to bring some chill flow into their lives.
Once strictly the territory of ladies wearing Lululemon leggings and gaucho pants that their friends brought back for them from India, yoga studios nationwide are being infiltrated by dudes wearing sweatpants and baggy athletic shorts, Reuters reports.
Of course, men have been doing yoga in various forms for years. But men of the bro-y variety are now feeling comfortable enough to come out as yogis on Instagram.
Plaid shorts: check. Trucker hat: check. Punk rock attitude: check, check.
Catching up on #detoxyobody #yoga challenge: Days 25-28. #MarichasanaC #CompassPose #CamelPose in place of #Kaptotasana and #Navasana #broga #brogi #beeryogi #beardedyogi #beardmanyoga #beardedgoddess #BigManYoga #fatboyyoga #fatguyyoga #tattooedyogi Hat by @poweryogahawaii #poweryogahawaii Tank by @the_worck #theworck
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Who needs a mat to do your vinyasas on? Grass will do just fine, thanks very much.
Day ⃣ of #YogisSaveTheWorld #YogaChallenge This is my attempt at Wild Thing pose or Camatkarasana. I’ve only tried this a few times so there is much to explore here but you can’t help and have fun doing this one. First 80 degree day of the year here so I had to go out and enjoy the Sun. #Yoga #Yogi #YogaDudes #YogaRookie #YogaMan #BigManYoga #BeardedYogi #TattooedYogi #YogaCrew #YogaFam #BeardedYogaCrew #Broga #Brogi #YogaMan #YogaEveryDamnDay #DDPYoga #BeardLife
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“If G.I. Joe can do it, so can I.”
“The spiritual journey is individual. It is highly personal. It can’t be organized or regulated. It isn’t true that everyone should follow one path. Listen to your own truth.” – Ram Dass #crow #armbalance #bakasana Stay tuned tomorrow and follow #YogaJoeDaily for tips, inspiration, and everything yoga.
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Snap-back while you twist back.
Almost forgot to reply to these 2 great yogis who tagged me earlier in the week to #stopdropandyoga @ekamlove and @erickolovesyoga Since I’m still playing catchup with #DetoxYoBody, here’s yesterday’s Day 24 Bharadvajasana | Bharadvajasana’s Twist with hosts @kinoyoga and @beachyogagirl Sponsored by @aloyoga Getting a late start to the weekend, so here I go! 🎈🌿💜
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Crouching tiger, hidden bro.
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His shorts will never touch his thighs, and you’ll never touch his yoga skills.
My man crush Monday is this superhuman right hea!👆 He is without a doubt the most beaaauutiful Taco Belle of the ball. Allan always senses when my spirit is low and sends the perfect gif to make me laugh so hard I maybe drool a little. He’s the kind of ride or die that will give you the smile off his own face if you can’t find yours! BLESS, Q. Blessed to know you. *insert rainbows magic sailor moons here* 🎉🎈🎁💝👻🌈⚡️☀️⛄️ #mcm @systrophe #celebrateyourfriends #idontthinkyourereadyforthisjelly
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Look at this adorable beanie baby.
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Brothers don’t shake hands. Brothers gotta do yoga.
If you’re a bro debating whether or not you should give broga a whirl, Fusion has assembled this handy flowchart. Spoiler alert: The answer is a resounding “yes.”
The official broga movement was started by Robert Sidoti, a Martha’s Vineyard-based yoga instructor who invented the trademark “Broga Yoga.” The only obvious issue with his practice is that it seems to be less about actual yoga, and more about just being a flexible bro.
“A lot of guys were saying: ‘I can’t touch my knees, let alone my toes. I would never go to a mostly women class and do things I’m no good at,’ Sidoti told Reuters.
Reuters also notes that broga is different from regular old yoga because it “celebrates the physical over the spiritual, and strength over flexibility,” allowing men to “flex tight hamstrings without hearing invocations to Hindu deities or feeling inept next to a woman twisted like a pretzel.”
In sum, broga is for the health-conscious bro with an inferiority complex.
Marisa Kabas is a lifestyle reporter and activist. Her work has been published by Fusion, Fast Company, and Today. She’s also served as an editorial campaigns director for Purpose PBC, a social movement incubator.